It's never too early to start thinking about Christmas, so dust off the decorations and let the home shine bright this festive season.
Bunnings National Lighting Buyer, Natasha Ryan, provides her expert advice on how to create a dazzling lighting display and decorate the home for the holidays.
- Consider using solar or LED for outdoor lighting arrangements, as they emit less heat and use less wattage than traditional halogen lights, helping to reduce costs and save energy during the summer break.
- When preparing lights from previous years, check to make sure all the bulbs are still working and replace any burnt-out lights according to manufacturer instructions. One or two burnt-out lights can drain power from the entire string and cause other bulbs to grow dimmer.
- Get the whole family involved by delegating specific lighting tasks, such as untangling the cord or deciding on the lighting pattern, to each family member. This will quicken the preparation time and leave more time for enjoying the finished arrangement!
- It's important to keep safety top of mind when installing festive lights. Use weatherproof lights and outdoor extension cords, and be careful not to overload the circuits. A good number to stick to is no more than 2400 watts through a single circuit.
- Jingle all the way by creating a personalised Christmas tunes playlist. Get neighbours and visitors in the festive spirit by playing music to accompany your outdoor lighting set up.
- Remember to turn off festive lights manually each night or when leaving the house, or use a timer to ensure all lights are off when the household is asleep.
- Have some fun this festive season and set up inflatable Christmas lawn decorations in the front yard to complement the outdoor lighting display.
- The festive spirit doesn't have to stay outdoors - illuminate the living area with decorative ornaments or fairy light trees to give the home a Christmas glow.
For more information about Bunnings' wide range of festive lighting products, head to your nearest store for expert team member advice or visit www.bunnings.com.au