Use these photos of houses decorated with Christmas lights to get ideas for displaying lights on your home and front porch this holiday season.
Either duplicate lighting schemes you see or modify them to fit your own decorating style.
Mary and I have selected homes with Christmas light displays that not only reflect the spirit of the holiday but also offer simple lighting ideas you can easily duplicate.
We also offer tips to make your outdoor Christmas lighting easy and fun to do.
We've selected Christmas house lighting photos for this gallery that depict what we believe are aesthetically beautiful without being "over the top".
We thank and appreciate both professional and amateur photographers who have graciously shared their photos with us.
Photographer Dean Forbes
Subtle Shamrock Green Christmas Lighting
Professional photographer Dean Forbes, who likes to focus on street and cultural subjects,
has also traveled to India to do volunteer documentary photography for NGOs managing potable water projects in rural villages.
Photographer Bill T
Beautiful lighted Christmas wreaths
Photographer Bill T bought his 1st camera while in the Navy.
A Crime Scene Investigator by profession, Bill loves photographing architecture, scenery, autumn, ocean shots, hot rods and classic cars.
See more of Bill's photography.
Photographer Carole Julius
Wonders what a little Christmas lighting can do
Carole Julius is a freelance photographer and blogger, illustrating lives and sharing stories with photographs throughout Southeastern Massachusetts
and wherever else her heart takes her.
Dave, a biology professor at Lyon College (Batesville, Arkansas), is an amateur photographer.
He writes, "Many if not most of my photos were taken simply to document the episodes of many people's lives.
Sometimes, I happen to get shots that are also striking or beautiful."
Dawna's interest in photography started early when shooting with a Fischer Price 110 film camera.
She is a graduate of the New York Institute of Photography and a member of the North American Nature Photographers Association (NANPA), a board member for
Wild Amelia and her local co-op art gallery, Island Art Association.
As a photographer, Rita Crane has traveled extensively through France, Switzerland, Germany, Tahiti, the American Southwest, and the Rocky Mountain front range.
Although Rita's first love is photography, her artistic talents also include stain glass, lapidary, silversmithing,
and has helped designed and build an authentic Territorial Style adobe home.
When decorating your house for Christmas, you might want to use some of these tips for how to hang exterior Christmas lights -
to make it easier, without so much hassle and hopefully with no surprises when you turn them on.
Small front porch Christmas lighting photo by Barb Lawrence
Barb, a pet sitter and animal lover, is owner of a fun blog called Woof Nanny.
A collector of vintage sea gulls, Barb enjoys coffee and conversation with friends, retro / mid-century / tiki stuff, and the beach.
For outdoor Christmas try to use either singularly or a mix of C7s or C9s
If using miniatures the light string will stay lit if a bulb filament fails.
Try to replace the burned-out bulb quickly as the shunt allows the remaining lights to remain lit;
however, it will increase the voltage for the other bulbs which may reduce their longevity.
Net lighting (which is a mesh of interconnected mini LED lights) easily drapes over your landscaping.
Shimmer spheres come in various designs like snowballs or stars and stripes. They consist of different sized lights and some twinkle.
Icicle lights are ideal for gables and to outline your eaves.
Houses Decorated with Christmas Lights: Learn from the Experts
Mary and I are glad to share our interview with Bob Lyons
of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives who offers lots of useful tips for hanging outdoor Christmas lights.
Bob lets us in on "how the experts do it" and ideas you can use this holiday season to create magical outdoor lighting.
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