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It’s always fun to plan your home’s holiday lights display.

Slippery, teetering ladders. Frozen fingers. Hopelessly tangled strings of lights. Numb toes.

It's time to put holiday lights on the house — the most wonderful time of the year!

Who are we kidding?

A house twinkling with lights, festooned with bright wreaths and sporting Santa on the roof is an awesome sight.

Making it all happen? Not so great.

A skilled holiday lighting and decorating expert could save your sanity this holiday season.

Yes! It's time to get ready for your outdoor holiday lighting display!

Drag that bin of tangled lights out of the basement and see if you can make any sense of the mess.

Make your way to the back of the garage to get the ladder. Watch out for the gas can, the rake, all the bikes, the wheelbarrow and that overflowing recycling bin.

Where are those little clips that attach the lights to the roofline? Is somebody home who can hold the ladder for you? Where’s the extension cord?

Is it getting stressful in here, or is it just you?

Relax. We're here to simplify outdoor holiday lighting, hassle by hairy hassle.

Everybody loves lights. Adding sparkle to your house for the holidays makes you happy — and it feels great when everybody who passes by exclaims, “wow.”

But while we all love watching Clark Griswold struggle with his light show every year in “Christmas Vacation,” we don’t want to be him.

So, in the spirit of the holidays, we’re sharing a few of our favorite holiday outdoor lighting tips, from design ideas to safety precautions.

It’s almost time to dazzle your neighborhood with your holiday decorating. Are you ready?

This year, stash the ho-hum decor you’ve hauled out for years and try something new.

Cherry blossom lights that create a magical glow. Meteor lights that add a stunning shooting star effect to your front yard trees. “Linkable” lights that adorn your roofline with strings of brightly lit candy canes, stockings or holly leaves.

This year’s holiday decorating trends offer more sparkle than ever.  Here’s a look at some of our favorites.

Round up the extension cords. Get ready to glow.



As you stare at the mounds of tangled Christmas lights sprawled out in the garage, you’re probably just focused on getting them out and up on your home.

But to (safely) get the most from your holiday decor, it takes more than a merry attitude and a ladder — although, those don’t hurt. Need some help with where to start?

Here are five dos and don’ts for holiday lighting installations in Idaho Falls.


It’s the most magical time of the year. OK, we might not be there yet, but we are getting closer to a holiday filled with festive lights, family gatherings and drinking hot chocolate by the fire.

While there’s still a little ways to go before you are unwrapping presents, now is the time to book a landscape company to install your holiday lighting — unless you don’t mind having them installed on Christmas Eve.

Quality lighting installers are going to get filled up the closer it gets to the holiday season. Everyone wants their lights installed around Thanksgiving, so if you have that same timeline in mind for your lighting, you better decide on a professional soon.

Here are four companies that offer holiday lighting in Idaho Falls.

You want your house to stand out from the rest this holiday season with lights and festive décor.

Whether it’s an outlined roof or illuminated wreaths you want, a professional holiday lighting company can help you with all of your decorating desires.

But what should you look for with a company, and how can you know if they will do a good job?

Unless you want to spend your holidays searching the attic for decorations, untangling endless strands of lights and trying to figure out which bulb has gone bad, you should hire a professional lighting company to give your home some festive flair.

But, what will that cost?

The Perfect Gift this Holiday Season: Professional Holiday Lighting

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Remember the classic yuletide movie, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” where Clark Griswold has visions for a magnificent holiday light display, but things don’t work out quite as he plans?

First, he untangles the lights and commences hanging but quickly falls off the ladder. After brushing himself off, he resumes putting up lights only to staple himself to the roof. Finally, when he plugs in the lights after seemingly every inch of house is covered in strands, they don’t work because the outlet is overloaded.

Even though this goofball, slapstick scene is specifically staged for lots of laughs, the chaos isn’t too far off the mark when people try to hang their own Christmas holiday lighting and displays, particularly on a grand, well-designed scale.

Sure, it’s the most wonderful time of the year, unless you’re the one doing the untangling, ladder climbing, light stringing and connecting all of the many extension cords.

Giving yourself the gift of professional holiday lighting might be just what you need to deck the halls with all of the boughs of holly and none of the stress or hassle.

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