The holiday season is upon us! It’s time to decorate and feel the spirit of the holidays with your family. You like decorating your home's exterior but want to do something a little different this year. You’ve come to the right place, as Harrison Electric has some eclectic and charming outdoor lighting ideas to consider this holiday season!

Safety First!

Before we get into these creative outdoor lighting ideas, it’s of the utmost importance to brush up on safety aspects. Winters in the Twin Cities can be harsh, to say the least. Knowing the safe practices of outdoor lighting during the wintertime can save you money and limit your chances of a potential hazard.

When installing your outdoor lighting, it’s best to assess how much energy is being consumed by each lighting fixture to properly allocate the power safely. If you run the risk of overloading circuits, then you may want to consider a whole-house surge protector.

 1.  Classic String Lightings

String lights have been the staple of festive outdoor lighting for decades. You can line the edges of your home with inviting and interesting designs to show off your yuletide cheer. Additionally, string lights can be a great way to help holiday guests traverse in and out of your home during the dark holiday nights.

 2.  Go Green

If you’re not the biggest fan of Christmas lighting but still like to get into the spirit, going green is a way to do that! Display wreaths on doors, garages, or fences accompanied by miniature Christmas trees on your porch or front lawn. You could even add small accents of lights like LED candles or lanterns.

 3.  Line Your Walkways With Festive Lights

If the walkway to your home is the focal point of the front yard with robust curves, highlight its original design with Christmas lighting! Lining your walkway will let its design shine while also creating a safely illuminated walkway.

 4.  Lights & Windows

Some houses have more window space than others. When you have a spacious bay window or a large theater window to see out of, you can show off your Christmas tree and other types of lighting to give a great spectacle looking in.

 5.  Light-Up Christmas Characters

Who doesn’t love legendary holiday characters? Show them off in your front yard with light-up figurines! Adding Santa and his sleigh of reindeer or a light-up Frosty the Snowman will be the talk of the neighborhood this holiday season!

 6. Utilize the Foliage

Rather than putting the focus directly onto a patio space, another excellent option is to utilize the plants in your yard by placing lighting underneath them. Solar-powered glass globes can be a perfect option for illuminating any foliage or plant life and offer an inviting aesthetic.

 7. Add Some Highlights to the Architecture

Spotlights and well lights are another consideration that can highlight any unique architectural spaces in the home or yard while keeping the backyard illuminated. If you have any columns, arches, balconies, or a gabled roof, these can be great accents to bring the focus to, create a unique highlight, or add complimentary colors to create a festive look.

 8. Decorative Cage Trees

Typically, tomatoes are grown in a pyramid-style cage, and these can also be utilized to create a festive lighting display. The enclosures are inexpensive, you can use a standard outdoor extension cord, and they can be covered with whichever style of colored lights you want.

They also take very little time to create since you're simply ramping the lighting around the wiring, making this an excellent addition to your display.

 9. Add in Special Effects

If you're looking for a completely different type of lighting, you might consider placing a custom garland with some seasonal greenery entwined with unique splashes of color. Orbs can be a great option to help highlight unique aspects of your yard or add decorative lights in the shape of objects such as reindeer, Christmas trees, or candy canes.

All of these options can add a festive atmosphere, and you can choose ones that specifically fit the design of your outdoor space, turning it into a whimsical theme.

10. Create a Marquee Sign

Looking for some holiday spirit? Why not consider creating a marquee sign? Utilizing words like "cheer," "joy," and " merry " are excellent options to incorporate. The marquee sign is a great way to add festive spirit to the grounds while, at the same time, keeping your home and property safe from electrical issues.

Choose Harrison Electric for Your Lighting & Electrical Needs

When you need assistance with lighting safety this holiday season or need electrical services such as electrical service repair, call on Harrison Electric.

Get a quote online or give us a call at 763-544-3300 today!