Light up your House for the Holidays Safely
It's time to make your list, check it twice, and get your home in the holiday
advantage of the milder temperatures right now to get your holiday lights up -
and to get it done safely, consider these tips from Hydro One:
Always use Canadian Standards Association (CSA) approved lights, cords, plugs
and sockets that are properly marked for outdoor or indoor use.
Do not overload circuits. Have no more than 1,400 watts on a circuit. If other
lights in the house dim when the holiday lighting is turned on or the plug is
very hot after unplugging it, your circuit is overloaded. To figure out a circuit's
load, multiply the number of bulbs by the watts per bulb, and add any lamps, appliances
or other equipment on the same circuit.
Before you put light strings on a shrub, tree or your house, check for breaks
or signs of insulation deterioration. Frayed cords or loose connections indicate
that the wiring is poor. Replace any defective sets.
Never install lights with the power on. Test lights first, then unplug to install.
Keep electrical connections off the ground. Use eave clips or insulated staples,
rather than nails and tacks, to hold light strings in place.
Keep wiring clear of metal parts such as ornamental railings and drainpipes, to
prevent any risk of shock from an electrical current. Do not leave any light sockets
empty if you want sections in your light string unlit. This can create a fire
hazard or could be fatal if someone touches the inside of the empty socket. Instead
place a burned-out bulb in the socket. This will not affect the other lights on
addition to safety, why not save energy as well this holiday season? Make the
switch to light emitting diode (LED) lights and enjoy significant energy and cost
savings. According to Natural Resources Canada, LEDs use 80% less energy than
their incandescent counterparts, so now is the time to upgrade your old incandescent
you're still not sure, consider this: incandescent bulbs waste a lot of energy
- 90% of the energy they consume is used to heat the bulb, while only 10% is used
for lighting. LEDs, by contrast, directly convert electricity to light without
the use of a filament or glass bulb, resulting in less energy loss through heat.
light strings also last up to 10 times longer than incandescent light strings.
And because they don't have moving parts, filaments or glass, they're much more
durable and shock-resistant than other light strings.
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