While having a poor holiday lights display might not get you on Santa’s naughty list, holiday lighting is a big deal in Nashville. We love our communities, and we love a bit of neighborhood competition. Today, the Lumenate blog shares a few mistakes to avoid if you want to have the neighbors oohing and ahhing over your home this winter.
- Buying the cheapest lights possible. You’ve no doubt heard it before: you get what you pay for. This holds true with holiday lighting as well. While there is nothing inherently wrong with wanting to save money on your lights, the truth is that buying retail-quality light sets won’t save you in the long run. In addition to having more than 20 times more complaints than professional-grade lights, retail lights will also need to be replaced more often, which may completely wipe out any initial savings.
- Spending too much. Overspending on your lights is a no-go as well. Although you want to showcase the very best lights, a smart strategy here is to add a little bit each year. Remember, a few well-placed lights will look beautiful, and you won’t bust your budget when you add to your display over the years.
- Having an unfinished display. We’ve already said it once: holiday lighting is a big deal in Nashville. One quick trip to Opryland Hotel from November through January is proof of this. In your rush to get your lights up before the neighbors, don’t inadvertently order too few strands. You don’t want to run the risk of having an incomplete set and not having time to get additional lights.
- Skipping the pure white light. Years ago, “pure white” left most homeowners feeling a bit blue since this was the actual color you got. Today, however, technology has made it so that white really is white. Although there are a few low-end manufacturers that don’t offer LED technology, professional-grade lights will be the color they are promised. This is especially important when your holiday lighting needs to reflect a Nashville personality, such as if you’re going for UT Orange and white, not orange and pale blue!
- Buying mass-produced light. Just because the neighbors are doing it doesn’t mean you have to walk into the big orange or big blue stores for your holiday Christmas lights. Buying professional-grade holiday lighting means that you won’t have the same lights as everyone else, and, in this case, that’s a good thing. Although a $25 box of holiday lights might sound like a steal, this falls back on what we said earlier, that your best bet is to invest in quality over quantity.
When you are ready to have the best holiday lighting display in Nashville, call the experts at Lumenate. We guarantee every strand, and our team of professional holiday lighting experts will work with you to ensure both your budget and your vision live up to your expectations.