Whether it’s Thanksgiving or Christmas, winter is a fine time to decorate your windows. And what better way to attract attention to your windows than with lights.
Here are some reasons you should consider window lighting decorations: Window lights:
- Dress up your window and add to the attractiveness of your home.
- Add a warmth and glow that reflects the spirit of the holiday season.
- Provide visual enjoyment for people who are passing by your home.
- Give people inside your house a visual treat when looking out the window.
- Are typically less costly than other types of decoration.
Window lighting, then, can be a fun and festive way to build holiday spirit. (Also see Decorate Your Door for the Holidays.)
Types of Lighted Window Decoration
These decorations usually come with a suction cup so you can easily attach it to your window pane. These lights consist of clear frames, in different shapes and designs, with colorful lights in them. Because the frames are clear, you can see the decoration from both outside and inside the window.
You can change the lighting from day to day or holiday to holiday. For Xmas, you can find a Santa. But candles and snowflakes are fine for the entire winter season.
There are also decorations for Thanksgiving as well as for other holidays such as Easter.
Also called mini lights, strings of small colorful lights have long been a traditional way to decorate a Christmas tree. But they also make excellent decoration for a window. You can hang the miniature lights around the window to give it a lighted frame. Or you can hang them down in strings from the top of the window.
Miniature lights also come in plastic sleeves known as rope lights.
The key question is how to hang these types of lights. One method is tacks. Hang the rope over the tack or hang one of the miniature light strands over the tack. In either case, be very careful that the tack does not puncture the electrical wire.
Another method is to loop twisty ties (like those found on loaves of bread) around a strand of wires or light rope, then staple the twisty ties to the sides of your window frame. When you want to take the lights down, use a staple remover.
Both of the above methods can leave small holes in your window frame. You can use hanging hooks to avoid the holes. Buy the type of hooks with adhesive or suction cups so they can easily be removed from the window frame. Hang the strands of lights over the hooks to keep them in place.
In addition to the above methods of hanging miniature lights, there are also frames that will hold this type of light sets. The lighting goes into the frame and the frame is attached to the interior of your window. To save your windows from damage be sure to buy the type that you can attach to your window frame without nails, staples or tape. Note that the frame shown here doesn’t work with LED-type lights.
Once the lights are in, your window will be great to look at from inside or outdoors.
Lighted signs that spell out a holiday message are another way to use your window for holiday decoration. The most typical is a neon sign with multi-colored LED lights. Anyone passing by your house will see a flashing “Merry Christmas.” Lighted signs should be used inside the home as they require a standard A/C outlet.
Standalone Light Fixtures
These are lighted decorations that can sit on the window sill. One example is candles that have flat bases. The candles may be set to flicker like an actual candle. They are often battery operated or use an automatic sensor that turns the candle on when it gets dark.
If you have a window box outside your window, it too, can be decorated. Flowers are a typical window box decoration and sure enough you can get a battery operated garland that will neatly fit in your window box. If you don’t want to use the garland outside, you can also rest it on the window sill inside your house. Or you can hang it from curtain rods from the top of your window.
Always keep safety in mind when using plug-in lights for your holiday decorations.
Here are some tips:
- Make sure your electrical products are certified by a testing lab such as UL.
- Before using the lighting products check for damaged cords and loose connections.
- Do not overload your electrical outlets, or, if you use them, extension cords.
- Do not plug one extension cord or surge protector into another.
- Keep extension cords away from high-traffic walkways or doorways; put them under rugs.
- Unplug the lights if you have to change bulbs.
- Unplug the lights when you go to bed or leave the house.
You can create a bright holiday season by safely using holiday lighting for your windows.