Time to light up the holidays

By: Lisa McDivitt Email
By: Lisa McDivitt Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - If you’ve been to downtown Grand Junction in the past few days, you’ve noticed the holiday lights brightening the Wells Fargo tree and the round-a-bout at 7th Street and Main Street.

The lighting was done by Polar Lites, a company that specializes in getting your holiday decorations switched on right. Wes Hamon of Polar Lites stopped by 11 News Live Today to give some insight into decorating your house this Christmas.

Hamon says the first rule of thumb is to not to overload any sockets. Make sure you only use the amount of wattage that’s allotted for each socket, and he strongly cautions against hooking up your holiday lights to your porch light switch, which can create a major fire hazard.

Another trick for keeping your sockets safe and your electric bill down are using LED lights. Just be ready to pay up-front for those lights, as they generally cost two to three times more than traditional lights. Hamon says it’s an investment that will eventually pay off – they are more durable, and last much longer.

From a style perspective, Hamon says the icicle lights are still in, and that people are starting to opt for more soldier lights and cleaner lines, as well as tree lights to help accent the décor of your house.

Once your lights are done, and you’re ready to show off your stuff, head to the link listed below and upload a photo of your house to be entered into the annual 11 News “Light up the Holidays” contest. The prize package is dinner, a limo ride, wine and more. The winner will be decided on Dec. 23rd, so be sure to get your photo uploaded before then.

If you don’t want to do it yourself, companies like Polar Lites can help out with package deals. A link to their website is below.

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