The final day of the 12 days of Christmas and the time for all holiday decorations to come down for many around the world is January 5 or 6 that marks the Epiphany. The second week of January is a typical time for the holiday lights to be unplugged and stored away until next year for others. These days however, this general guide is not so simple. Today, we at Burley Electrical Services would like to offer some guidance on when to take down the Christmas lights.
When Should You Take Down Christmas Decorations Outside?
The short answer to ‘when should you take down your holiday lights’ is whenever you feel like it. Though to leave lights up deep into January to some is considered gaudy, or even lazy. There are good reasons to keep lights up on the other side of the holiday lights argument such as it’s an easy way to stay festive in those dark and gloomy months. You do need to weigh in other factors, however.
Extended Energy Costs
If you keep your lights on for a quarter of the year, your electric bill will see a significant increase. Depending on the type of lights you use, the severity of that will increase. You can expect to add $10 per month to your electric bill to power a six-foot Christmas tree for 40 days with incandescent C9 bulbs, according to Energy.gov. Consider mini-LED C9 lights rather than using those expensive old-school lights. Some manufacturers offer innovative features like programmable color changes and twinkles, and they are more energy efficient.
Considerations for Neighbors Who Complain About Lights
Another factor to contemplate is the temperament of your neighbors. It is courteous to if they wouldn’t mind your lights being up for longer than usual. Especially if the glow of your lights can be seen from main areas of their homes, they will appreciate it. Depending on your neighbors’ preferences, offer to turn off your lights at a specific time each night. Then purchase a timer to be sure you are consistent.
How Late Can You Leave Christmas Decorations Up?
Consider February 14, Valentine’s Day if you need a hard cut-off date but want the cheery lights to be up for a while. It is a solid date to circle on your calendar for holiday light tear-down since it is the next major holiday after New Year’s Eve. Some enthusiasts believe that February 28 is the last day to leave your lights on for those on the extreme end. Many people view it as more a transition from holiday lights to more understated “winter lights.” Enjoy the bright lights of winter if in the event winter lights are your decorating choice.
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When it comes to Christmas or winter lighting, ultimately, you need to decide what is right for you, especially considering the costs and energy efficiency. It helps to have them on their own circuit breaker, dedicated outlets and so forth. When you need electrical done in South Florida, call Burley Electrical Services and let us take care of you!