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How to hang Christmas Lights the easy way!

How to hang Christmas Lights


The best way to hang Christmas Lights!


I admit it, I cannot stand when Christmas lights are crooked or the wind takes off with them & they need to be re-done. I live south of the Windy City, so anything outside?


Uhh yeah. I have to remember 40 to 50 MPH wind gusts. And asking hubby to spend hours doing this? He'd rather hit his thumb with a hammer, so I had to get creative. 




This was our first attempt back in 2008 to hang lights outside. Awful, right? I didn't exactly inspire my neighborhood to sing Christmas carols. I didn't even want to look at my house. 



So I spent hours researching ways to hang Christmas lights. I surfed websites,called Light Companies, I checked everywhere, nothing. Well, I finally figured out if the lights could be put up in groups, it would go faster. Here is what I finally came up and it works beautifully!



Below is what the channel looks like at your local improvement store.


We use "J Channel" and inserted holiday lights inside! 


We purchased enough of the "J Channel" to fit the front of our ranch house and drilled holes in the bottom of it and pushed each icicle into the holes so they hung downward. The longest part of this project was pushing each icicle strand through the holes that are 2" apart in the bottom of the channel. 




To cut and insert the lights inside the channel took a couple of hours and you only have to do this part once! The manufacturers box stated that these lights were spaced 4" apart. I wanted a thicker look, so we cut the holes in the channel 2" apart.

To hang the channel outside outside? Took less then 30 minutes. 

All you have to do next year is grab your lights still inside the channel, ladder, screws and drill and go. If you do not have a garage or basement where you can store/hang a 10 foot long piece of plastic that houses icicle lights, you can always cut the J Channel in smaller more manageable lengths. We stuck with the 10 footers because it is only 5 or 6 pieces total and we use 3 bicycle hooks mounted to the underside of our joists in the basement to hold these lights year round.




Below are some pics of the lights being stored in our basement hanging from some large J hooks.





For 2016 I did a video on the installation for these lights. Hope you like it!



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