The Christmas season is right around the corner! Once you pack up those fall decorations and sleep off all of that Thanksgiving turkey, it’s time to start decorating for Christmas. While we all want our homes and businesses to sparkle this holiday season, it may not be a good idea to hang Christmas lights on your own. There are so many safety hazards and frustrations that the job is best left to the professionals. Check out some reasons why you should stay safe and warm this year with a professional outdoor Christmas light installation.

Electric Safety

You probably wouldn’t try to set up all of the electricity in your home or make any major electrical repairs. Why would you treat Christmas lights any different? While most of us are capable of hanging lights on their Christmas tree, outdoor Christmas light installation is a different situation entirely. Cracked or fraying cords, as well as loose connections, can cause a flare-up or power surge, which is both dangerous and can cause a fire. Older lights may be missing fused plugs that prevent sparks in the event of a short circuit. Burnt out bulbs or improper connection can cause surges, sparks, and even exploded bulbs.

When people attempt DIY outdoor Christmas light installation, they often make the mistake of using tacks, nails, and screws for electrical wiring. These can puncture the wires and cause a myriad of different issues. Professionals always use insulated hooks, when possible, to prevent this. Another mistake people make is failing to elevate and insulate all plugs and connectors when installing lights on the ground level. Snow, water and salt can ruin your connections or create an electrical hazard. Some even make the mistake of installing lights too close to a powerline – this is a potentially fatal mistake.


Keep in mind that all electrical hazards are amplified when hanging lights on tinder-dry trees inside or outside of the building. If an electrical fire occurs, the tree will go up in flames at an extremely fast rate. These types of delicate situations are best left to fully insured professionals.

Ladder Safety

One thing amateur Christmas light installers often underestimate is the importance of ladder safety. Professionals know to place ladders without obstruction and to set it up fully opened, with all locking equipment set into place. They will ensure the ladder is placed on an even, dry surface and utilizing a spotter whenever necessary. They always face the ladder while climbing and never walk up backwards. Professionals will also have dry and slip-resistant shoes to provide enough friction to safely maneuver a ladder. They make sure to stand at or below the safe standing level of a ladder at all times and will always move the ladder to prevent overreach. Failing to use any of these precautions could result in injury and potentially cause a fatal accident. Even if you take all of the proper steps to ensure safety, anything can happen – it’s better to leave outdoor Christmas light installation to the fully insured professionals.


Outdoor Christmas Light Installation Experts

Use the services of Christmas Lights by Amco to ensure your holidays go smoothly and safely! The professional lighting experts will create a unique Christmas light design which promises to be the best on your street, while at the same time ensuring a display that is safe and durable.

Even if you’re on board with having the professionals take care of your holiday lighting display, you’re probably thinking it’s too soon to worry about it. At Christmas Lights by AMCO, the phones are already ringing to get free quotes and schedule indoor or outdoor Christmas light installation. In addition to residential and commercial Christmas lighting, we also offer Chanukah, Ramadan and holiday event lighting. Contact us for all your holiday lighting needs in New Jersey, the five boroughs of New York and South Florida.