Protecting Your Home's Electrical System This Holiday Season

by Diane Barnes

Stringing lights along your home's exterior can be a great way to spread holiday cheer. If you are planning on creating your biggest and brightest holiday light display yet, it's important that you take the time to make sure your electrical system is up to the challenge.

Here are three things you can do to ensure your holiday light display is both spectacular and safe.

1. Invest in LED lights for your home's exterior.

If you want to create a dazzling holiday light display without compromising the safety of your home's electrical system, then investing in LED lights is a great option. LED lights generate less heat, which means they require less energy to power. Reducing the amount of electricity being used to power your holiday light display by switching to LED lights will reduce the strain you place on your home's electrical system.

Save money and protect your home from potential electrical problems by making the switch LED this holiday season.

2. Be sure to use multiple circuits when plugging in your lights.

While it might be tempting to route all your outdoor lights to a single plug in order to make them easier to turn on and off, you should avoid making this holiday decorating mistake if you want to keep your electrical system working properly. Spreading your lights out over multiple circuits will help prevent you from overloading a single circuit and causing the fuse or breaker to blow.

If you need access to more electricity than a single circuit can handle, consider hiring an electrical contractor, such as those at Chadwick Electric Inc, to rewire your home's circuits to safely accommodate your holiday decorating needs.

3. Make sure your outdoor lights are plugged into the right kind of outlet.

Because your outdoor plugs could be exposed to snow or rain during the holiday season, it's essential that you use a GFCI-protected outlet when plugging in these outdoor lights.

A GFCI-protected outlet monitors the electrical flow moving from hot to neutral, and automatically trips the fuse if it senses an imbalance in this flow. Since moisture could cause an imbalance, having GFCI-protected outlets for your outdoor lights can prevent electrocution or electrical fires.

Decorating for the holidays can be an exciting way to spread cheer. The last thing you want is for your holiday decor to compromise your home's electrical system. Keep your electrical system safe by investing in LED lights, spreading your lights over multiple circuits, and ensuring that your outdoor lights are plugged in to GFCI-protected outlets.