Finish off the extension cord nightmare for your outdoor holiday lights and decorations. Yes, end that nightmare. All you need is the right extension cords to do your outdoor Christmas lighting and you will be looking forward to decorating again for Christmas next year.
I remember decorating with my mom and using these little clips on the sockets for outdoor use and wrapping each connection in plastic wrap and little bags … wow, we’ve come a long way!
A note on safety …
When shopping for outdoor cables, look for UL or ETL marked labels. This means that the product has been tested by an independent laboratory recognized by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Make sure the packaging indicates that it is designed for outdoor use. Outdoor extension best led strip christmas lights cords are weather resistant and designed for use in severe winter weather. Buy timers to turn lights on and off automatically. Lights should be turned off when no people are present and should not be left on overnight. Electrical outlets for outdoor lighting must accommodate three-prong grounded plugs and must be on an electrical circuit protected by a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI).
When connecting outdoor lighting, be careful not to have all cables, plugs, and wires coming from the same outlet. One of the biggest dangers when installing outdoor lighting involves the use of stairs. Use a high-quality, sturdy ladder that is the proper height. Make sure it is properly seated. To avoid falls, move the ladder instead of leaning from side to side.
I have several 25 foot extension cords that have 3 outlets on the end that I run from the outdoor outlets at the back of my yard to bring power to my front yard and I also use the front outdoor outlets. Get electricity where you need it. Do not use internal outlets and close the window with the wire … great no no, by doing this you can create a fire and / or damage your house and window. I also use 25 foot extension cords that have 3 two outlets that are spaced along the length of the cord. I love my Christmas extension cords and everyone in my house knows they are off limits. I keep all my cables in a container in my garage marked “Christmas Extension Cords”
A great way to connect network lights in your yard is to use a multi-outlet stake. You can easily connect your lights through the stake. The stake can be plugged directly into your outdoor power outlet or via the multi-outlet extension cord. Most stakes come with waterproof covers that eliminate those plastic bags. Most multi-outlet stakes now come with timers or remote controls that allow you to turn off the lights at night. Two in One … it just makes your decorating so much easier.
By using these great cables, I can have the brightest house on the block over Christmas. Every year I have to promise my dear husband that I will not buy any more Christmas lights or decorations! Somehow I always find one that I just need to have. The new LED lights are great … my mission is to replace all my lights with LEDs … but again I promised.