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Welcome to another installment of SPS Electricl’s blog! We’re your trusted source for everything electric, from intricate electrical installations to safety tips and guidance. Today, we will address a question we often hear during the festive season: “When should we take down our Christmas and holiday lights?”

Like everything else with the holiday season, many personal preferences are involved, and different people will give you different answers. Some follow traditions, while others have practical reasons. But safety should always be paramount, so we’ve put together a few suggestions to help you decide.

Tradition and Superstition

Traditionally, Christmas decorations and lights are put up at the start of Advent, four Sundays before Christmas Day, and taken down on the Epiphany, which falls on January 6th. The Epiphany, or the Twelfth Night, is believed to mark the visitation of the biblical Magi to the baby Jesus. Some believe that leaving your decorations up beyond this date brings bad luck.

Practicality and Safety

From a practical standpoint, many people take down their Christmas lights once the new year begins. It’s a way of welcoming the new year fresh, and it’s also often a practical decision based on the need to return to work and normal schedules.

However, leaving holiday lights up too long can pose a safety hazard. Lights left up year-round are exposed to the elements longer and can wear down faster, leading to frayed wires or damaged bulbs, which could be a fire hazard. It’s also worth noting that many manufacturers recommend using their light strings for less than 90 days at a time.

Weather Considerations

It’s also wise to consider the weather. If you live in an area with harsh winter weather, removing your lights in late December or early January might be safer before the worst of the winter hits. Climbing a ladder in icy or snowy conditions can be dangerous.

Pro Tips

No matter when you decide to take down your holiday lights, remember these safety tips:

  • Test your lights before taking them down. If any strands have burnt-out bulbs or other issues, this gives you a chance to decide whether to repair or replace them before the next holiday season.
  • Organize your lights as you pack them away. Use cardboard or a specialized storage container to avoid tangling. This will make your job easier next year.

Avoid moisture. Ensure your lights are completely dry before storing them to prevent corrosion.

Regular inspections. Always inspect your lights before putting them up or taking them down to ensure there’s no damage to the cables or bulbs.

Remember, if you notice any wear and tear, it’s important to replace the lights to prevent electrical issues. As a trusted provider of electrical services, SPS Electric is here to help with all your electrical safety needs. If you need assistance or advice on holiday lighting or any other electrical concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Taking down the holiday lights doesn’t have to be a chore, nor does it need to be rushed. Whichever date you choose, make sure safety is your top priority. Here’s to a bright and joyful festive season, and a happy and safe New Year!

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