The Dos and Don’ts of Choosing Thanksgiving Lighted Window Decorations

Thanksgiving is one of the most beloved holidays in the United States. Whether you are hosting family and friends or eating at your favorite restaurant, there’s no doubt that you’re likely to participate in some sort of Thanksgiving tradition. And with that comes the need to decorate your home and car with Thanksgiving lights! But with so many choices available when it comes to Thanksgiving lighted window decorations, how do you know which ones are best? Here are the dos and don’ts of choosing Thanksgiving lighted window decorations.

Do research the material

It’s that time of year when everyone starts gearing up for the holiday season. While there are many ways to decorate your home for the holidays, lighted window decorations are one way to welcome friends and family into your home. Unfortunately, they’re not all created equal. It’s important to do your research before you make a purchase as your window treatments can have an impact on energy efficiency, viewability from outside, privacy and more.

If you have drafty windows, consider using plastic or curtains. Plastic won’t let light in during daytime but will allow it in at night. You can also use heavy drapes with thick material for those same reasons—they block drafts while allowing holiday lights to show through during night time hours.

Do pick a style

Whether you’re picking a style for your front door, or your entire home, there are some guidelines to follow when choosing holiday decorations.

  • Choose something that matches the aesthetic of your home or street.
  • Avoid going overboard with too many different styles in one place.
  • If you want to set up a light show outside, keep it easy by using the same type of lights that are already on your house. There’s nothing more distracting than a mix of red, green and blue lights all over the yard.
  • Consider going without any outdoor lights if you live on a busy street. The extra light could make it difficult for drivers to see pedestrians as well as cause car accidents due to distracted driving from looking at the lights instead of the road ahead.

Here is a guidance for you.

Don’t forget about safety

This is the time to be thankful for what you have in your life, but don’t forget to take safety into consideration when decorating. Keep your family and friends safe by following these guidelines:

· Never place any decorations near a heat source.

· Read labels carefully to make sure a product is appropriate for indoor use.

· Place all cords out of reach from children’s reach.

· Avoid dangling lights, ribbons, glass ornaments and anything else that poses a potential strangulation risk.

Don’t put up too many decorations

Don’t put up too many decorations. Too much going on can be overwhelming for guests. Stick to a theme, like a white theme with silver accents, or a traditional fall theme with harvest colors. Make sure the lights match the theme to avoid being tacky.

Do use LED lights if you plan on leaving your decorations up all season long. LED lights are brighter than other types of lightbulbs and last longer, so they’re good for both outdoor and indoor decorating!

Don’t forget to turn off your outdoor lights at night. Leaving them on all night can cost you electricity bills that could have been avoided by simply flipping the switch!

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