As the weather changes from the cool crispness of fall to the frosty feeling of Winter, families everywhere are taking the time to break out their most stylish outdoor holiday decor.
When it comes to time-honored holiday decorating, there are few trends quite as lasting as outdoor lighting, from the candles once hung in trees on Christmas Eve, to the modern displays bright enough to be seen from space.
This year, step up your decorating game with a little stylish lighting and modernize your display with a few tech touches fit to impress even Clark Griswold himself.
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These Are The Ideal Ways To Light Up Your Outdoor Space This Holiday Season
String Me Along: There’s always something to be said for the classic look of a string or two of crystal clear lights shining out merrily from beneath a blanket of snow.
Just because you’re going for a classic look however doesn’t mean that you’ve got to set things up with some old-fashioned lights.
Grab some strings of smart lights to bypass the headache of those old-fashioned timers, and set them to light up right on time every evening.
Little Tip: If you’re looking to make sure that your lights are always coming on at just the right time even as the season goes on, try syncing them to sunset rather than a specific time.
Solar Flair: This holiday season, turn up the brightness on that display without feeling the burn come the new year when the electric company comes to collect.
Grab a set of solar-powered lights to keep things shining all through the night, and start worrying about the size of your display, rather than the size your next electric bill is going to be.
Little Tip: If you’re not up for replacing all of those strands of lights adorning your home, you can buy a solar power source to run your existing lights from instead.
Laser Show: If you’re a little more strapped for time and looking for something that isn’t going to put you out in the cold wrapping branches with LEDs for hours on end, grab a one and done holiday laser light show.
A few quick minutes outside will have your entire yard lit up for the holidays while keeping your hassle to a minimum.
Little Tip: Keep things classy, and don’t skrimp when it comes to your laser set of choice. There are a lot of options on the market, but this is one area where not springing for quality will really show.
Wise Up: No matter what your outdoor decor of choice may be, keep your fingers from getting frosty this year with an outdoor smart plug to control your favorite holiday displays from indoors.
Turn your displays on and off from your favorite home assistant, or just set up a schedule right from your phone so that you don’t have to worry about heading back out into the cold until it’s time to clean them up.
Little Tip: Some modern light strands have adjustable brightness, so add a little variance to your displays with modern LED bulbs.
Stay Frosty: Even if the weather in your area is starting to look less like a white Christmas, a few iridescent icicle lights can go a long way towards giving your home that frozen look that you’ve been dreaming of.
This year, give the old-fashioned dangling lights a miss and pick up a few packs of shimmering smart icicles to keep your outdoor display cool and connected.
Little Tip: When it comes to icicle lights, a little bit can go a long way, so unless you’re going for that windswept north pole look, don’t go overboard and coat every surface with them, mix them in with more traditional lighting for an ideal outdoor display that’s sure to stun.