We get lots of questions this time of year so we decided to create a Christmas Lighting and Decoration Installation Service FAQ to help you be more informed.
How does the pricing work?
The lights are priced by the bulb. Bulbs are spaced 12” apart so we estimate by the foot. When the actual installation is complete we count the number of bulbs and that tells us what your actual cost is.
Equipment (bulbs, stringers, connectors, timers, clips etc.) are one-time purchases. You pay for equipment the first year and it becomes your property. Then we charge for install and take-down.
The first year cost is $6 per bulb/foot. $3 of this is for the equipment purchase (one-time charge). Install/take-down is $3 per bulb ($2 is for install, $1 for take-down). So from the second year onward, you pay $3 per bulb/foot.
I need about 125′ of lights. What would my cost be?
Your first year you will pay $750 (125′ x $6). Starting year two your annual cost will be $375 (125′ x $3).
Do you light only houses or do you decorate other types of properties?
We do it all from residential homes to subdivision entrances to stores, restaurants and businesses.
Is there a deposit? How do you bill us?
When do you put them up and take them down?
We set an install date and a takedown date. We should put them up some time in November. Then when you want them to go on (typically after Thanksgiving dinner) you just plug them in.
We come to take them down in January (we schedule that day/time). You just unplug them when you don’t want them to come on anymore.
Who stores the lights?
How are the lights controlled?
We install a timer with a photocell. When it gets dark the lights come on. If you want them to stay on until daylight set them to Auto. You can also set the timer to have the lights stay on for 4, 6 or 8 hours.
Are the lights the blue LED lights?
No not typically. Most of our customer prefer the look of warm white so our bulbs are 2700 kelvin warm white.
What do the light bulbs and decorations look like?
How long do the bulbs last?
How much power do the bulbs use?
Do the bulbs ever break?
How do you attach the lights?
Each light will have either a shingle tab or gutter clip so they are uniform and stay evenly spaced.
Where do the lights typically go on a house?
Normally we put lights on the front of the house. Mostly on the horizontal parts, peaks and gables. Occasionally we will install scattered or wrapped mini lights on trees.
Some customers like the sides of their house lit and sometimes we light the roof peaks like the guardhouse in the photo to the right.
It looks like you do lots of climbing. You’re insured, right?
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Christmas Lighting and Decoration Installation Service FAQ