Outside LED Christmas lights are the cherries on a cake when it comes to setting the scene for the festive season. Twinkling lighting in the snow on a clear, dark night can make your house appear inviting and make a magnificent welcome for all your holiday friends and visitors. It is easy to get wrapped up in the pleasure of the season though, and, like some other home owners, try to install LED Christmas lights and decorations without much thought to safety. But, each year there are a huge number of fires in the home as a result of faulty lights or their inappropriate use. Thus it's vital to know what you are doing when placing your lights up, or else the holiday season could be one you remember for all the wrong reasons. Following several fundamental rules will help: There are 2 types of decorative lighting options: indoor and outdoor LED Christmas lights. Rule number one is to always use the appropriate lights for a specific environment and never be tempted to take shortcuts. While you may think that the lights you have just purchased would look lovely hanging in your dining room, especially when the family are seated for Christmas dinner, do not use them if they're labeled "For outdoor use only." Before putting your lights up, ensure that all leads are free from damage. It's especially vital if your lights are old and have been used lots of times over. Change any faulty bulbs with the same kinds of bulbs and follow the manufacturer's directions. Keep lights out of the reach of kids, and always turn your Christmas tree lights off before going to bed. Make sure that all outdoor LED Christmas lights are weatherproof and use extra low voltage devices, especially if hanging lights on fences and roofs. If your lights are gonna be installed close to any gutters, make sure that they are cleared of leaves. Secure all lighting devices to avoid damage in strong winds, and turn off your outdoor lighting in stormy or rainy weather. Keep electric leads clear of walkways and driveways and avoid passing leads through windows and doors. If you plan on having an elaborate lighting display whether it be using indoor or outdoor LED Christmas lighting, or are responsible for arranging the festive lights for a number of buildings, it is best to call in the experts. Not just will a professional electric contractor set up your total lighting system for you, but he or she will also be able to advise you on what lighting display will work greatest given your current electrical wiring system. An expert electrical contractor will also maintain your lighting display all over the season, and dismantle it once the festivities are over. All you have to do then is sit back with the rest of the family and get pleasure from the view - with the peace of mind that the only disasters you will have to contend with during the holidays will be the usual family kind! Take the time this year to plan and perform a safe and happy holiday for your family, friends & neighbors by being diligent with your indoor and outdoor LED Christmas lights. Cheers to you and your family! Formerly an electrical engineer, Trenton Gardner owns and operates Christmas Light Source with her husband, David Robinson. She loves LED Christmas lights and tries to find ways to innovatively use them all year long. Writing about lights and decorating has been extremely fun and she can't wait to try out her next article project.