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Ideas to Turn on Christmas Lights Quicker

Best practices in setting up a Christmas display
Tacky Light Tour
Tacky Light Tour
Posts: 38
7/20/2011 5:57:10 AM
In November, Christmas lighting enthusiasts begin their annual pilgrimage to storage places to unload thousands of Christmas lights, surge protectors, brackets and more. The goal is to move the lights from the dust of storage to electrified on the lawn.

What are the best ideas for expediting the setup process to turn the lights sooner?
Kent Vosburg
Kent Vosburg
Posts: 152
7/20/2011 1:41:13 PM
Tacky Light Tour wrote:
In November, Christmas lighting enthusiasts begin their annual pilgrimage to storage places to unload thousands of Christmas lights, surge protectors, brackets and more. The goal is to move the lights from the dust of storage to electrified on the lawn.

What are the best ideas for expediting the setup process to turn the lights sooner?


planning and organization.
I have the layout all worked out. I know what goes where, and in what order. The thing that helps with this is organization while putting stuff away also. I don't group all of the same item together, I group it based on item. Everything for the mega tree is together, All the supplies for the mini tree are together. So I can pull out a tote, and everything for that display item is enclosed, from the extension cords, or ground stakes. A tote for midi tree, a tote for spiral trees, a small tote for candy canes. That way if someone is helping me setup, I can direct them to a tote, and let them setup it up.
Lee Alder
Lee Alder
Posts: 9
7/31/2011 1:34:25 PM
Planning! Planning!! oh yea Planning. And hey if the plan is wrong, learn from it and fix it NEXT year. Stopping in the middle to re-do can cost valuable time. See your plan through, then when done, make changes.
Totes & Rubbermaid buy stock you will spend a lot there. Some keep evething thing togeahter, others break everything down to the smallest part. Keeping good lists (on the tote) lets you know whats in everything.
Josh Walston
Josh Walston
Posts: 11
8/12/2011 8:16:00 AM
Totes and Rubbermaid containers are great for storage. Just label them on the top and store all kinds of things from your display. for candy canes though i use a circular trash can (clean!) and place the candy canes inside so i can fit more.
William Bottomley
William Bottomley
Posts: 39
9/25/2011 7:41:14 AM
November? Well heck. I began that yesterday. But, the only things you see now are pipes, anchors and a few other things.

To help the process go quicker, make all of your props self contained. That means you place them out in the lawn, connect the cord, and presto.
Harold Jones
Harold Jones
Posts: 12
10/13/2011 7:34:06 AM
Now is the time to start getting lights out and getting them tested. I do a Halloween display in a limited space in my yard and now that it is operating I am getting the lights out that go into the trees and bushes and will be putting them out as soon as tested. The problem is that now it is still early to put things down on the lawn because grass is still growing but all this small things that hang can now be placed and ready for conenction!
Harold Jones
Harold Jones
Posts: 12
10/13/2011 7:34:48 AM
William Bottomley wrote:
November? Well heck. I began that yesterday. But, the only things you see now are pipes, anchors and a few other things.

To help the process go quicker, make all of your props self contained. That means you place them out in the lawn, connect the cord, and presto.
Harold Jones
Harold Jones
Posts: 12
10/13/2011 7:35:29 AM
I agree that prepare and place is ths fastest method to get ready to power and play!

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