Decorating your home's exterior with Christmas lights just got very easy!
Yes, it's that time of year again. Get ready to dust off those lights and decorations becasue Christmas is just around the corner.
If you're stuck for some home decoration inspiration, or are simply finding the thought of decking the halls much to overhwhelming, we have some experts on the case. HPM ambassadors Josh and Jenna Densten reveal how you can achieve the perfect Christmas light set up in your street - and it's not hard!
It may sound obvious but Josh and Jenna say that firstly you should ensure your lights are suitable for outdoor use and are waterproof.
"We always like to invest in a proper power board and ensure all extension cords are taped down and are out of the way," they say. "We love the HPM 8 Outlet PlugBoss Powerboard, becasue it offers a long lead length for more flexible positioning and is extra safe - we want your lights to shine, not sparks to fly!"
Always use a helping hand
While you may find it hard to wrangle a helper, never attempt stringing lights around your house alone.
"Always ensure you have someone on hand to hold the ladder and help untangle any lights. Finally, don’t decorate any trees that touch power lines," Josh and Jenna add.
Hit the switch
No longer do you have to worry about timers or manually going to turn on or off your lights. Now, you can control everything from your mobile phone.
"Add wow factor and a lasting impression on your guests at your Christmas dinner parties this festive season by controlling your fairy lights from your phone," Josh and Jenna say. "With smart home switches and sockets like Arteor with Netatmo you will have the ability to control all your festive fairy lights from anywhere in the house – you can even switch these off from the comfort to your own bed before you go to sleep. If you’re known to go large with lights over Christmas, the Arteor with Netatmo HomeControl+ App will also let you monitor your energy consumption."
Pick a feature
When it comes to styling your lights, Josh and Jenna recommend picking out one feature to highlight.
"Whether it’s a chimney, a window, an arch or a bush we recommend you pick one focal feature and work from that," they say. "Always highlight your favourite architectural point. We also like to use a variety of colours and styles including; fairy lights, white lights and LED lights."
Clip it on
For an easy way to hang your Christmas lights, Josh and Jenna suggest using adhesive and gutter clips.
"Making the task fast and easy to hang, you’ll also avoid damaging your walls and home surfaces with nails and hooks. These are also great for holding heavier strands like heavy duty extension leads," they say.