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L&L Guide: How Much Does it Cost To Have Christmas Lighting Installed? And Run Them?

Estimated Total Costs for Having Christmas Lights Installed

1 Story House: $150 – $300

2 Story House $300 -$750

When trying to figure out how much does it cost to have Christmas lighting installed, a lighting company will take into consideration a number of factors. The number of stories your house has, the amount of lights that are needed, do you have your own lights or will you be renting theirs, and will you be needing the company take down the lights.

house christmas lighting

There are a number of reasons why someone will hire a company to have Christmas lights installed. There is the risk of climbing around and house, walking on the roof, all the while installing lights – it’s not an easy task.

Most Christmas lighting installation companies will come by your house, see the type of house you have, and hear how much lighting you want. Companies will recommended how many lights you need to cover your house for the look you want. Some companies do not rent out lights, so they will recommend what you need to buy. Prices for lights range from $10 to $100-$200 for fancy ones.

christmas lighting

Companies will have a minimum charge – then charge per foot for installing the lights.

Minimum charges will range from $75 to $250. The lower end is for 1 story houses, while 2 story houses cost more. After that, the installation cost per foot is about $1-2 per foot for the first floor of a house, and $2-3 for the second floor, while landscape lighting will be around $1. Taking the lights down will cost around half of what it cost to put them up.

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Tip: If other houses on your street are also hiring a company to install their Christmas lights, you might want to make sure your house doesn’t end up looking the same as everyone else’s. Either use a different company, or make it clear to the lighting company that you want something different.

How Much Does It Cost To Run Christmas Lights?

Most houses will pay an extra $4-7 for electricity for that month – this is for running the lights for 3-5 hours a day.

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DIY: Creating a Designer Lamp Using Christmas Ornaments

Brooke of All Things Thrifty has surprisingly used Christmas ornaments to create these unique and cool DIY lamps. She has cut holes into Christmas ornaments and had them stack on top of each other around the lamp pole. She then primed the ornaments and painted them in a glossy purple, creating a designer lamp for the price of around $8-15. You can find the step by step guide here.


DIY Inspiration: designer lamp


DIY Floor Lamp Ornaments

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Unique Candle Gift Ideas: From Baskets, Accessories to Shadow Projectors

Whether it is for a birthday, wedding or a Christmas gift, these unique candle gift ideas will surely delight.

Candle Gift Baskets

The first gift idea is to find a gift set. 100Candles has a range of beautifully put together candle gift sets.

The Hannah candle gift set comes with 6 aromatherapy candles: Ylang-Ylang, lemon, bergamot, Melissa, Lavender, and Sandalwood. All of which come in a fabric covered keepsake box. Available here for $17.99.

Candles Hannah

The Hannah aromatherapy therapy gift set

Beanpod candle gift set

Beanpod's candle gift set

Ever heard of Beanpod’s Candles? They are commonly found backstage at the Oscars and Sundance Film Festival. American made, they are soy wax candles. This gift set from Gourmet Gift Baskets includes 4 Beanpod’s Candles that come in a decorative wooden gift tray.

Extended Candle Gift Basket Ideas

There are also candle gift sets that incorporate more than just candles. Spa gift baskets for example will also come with bath salts, oils, soaps and much more.

Candle Bath Set

The Island Soap Plumeria Hawaiian Bath Set

Another gift set from 100Candles is the Island Soap Plumeria Hawaiian Bath Set. This set includes bath salts, body wash, bath oil, a loofah pad, and a coconut candle shell. It can be bought here for $24.47.

Travel gift set

The Tropical Travel Gift Set

100Candles also has a gift set ideal for people who are always traveling and could use with their own little travel spa kit. This set includes a range of fruit scented lotions and soaps, and a travel candle – available here for $24.47.

Candle Accessories

There are a whole host of accessories that can be given as gifts to candle lovers.

Aromatherapy warmers are a great candle accessory gift. Yankee Candle has a number of oil and wax warmers that will fill a home with a relaxing fragrance available here.

Fragrance warmers

Fragrance warmers

Bath and Body Works has a range of sophisticated candle sleeves like the Zebra and Botanical ones shown in the pictures. They are priced from $3 and upwards depending on the size and style – available here.

candle sleeves

Bath and Body Works Candle Sleeves

decorative candle holder

A decorative candle holder

Soapstone by Yankee Candle is a hand carved, decorative tea light holder. They make for elegant centerpieces and gifts – available here for $9.99.

Candle shade

A candle lamp shade

Here is a unique candle accessory idea – a lamp shade. These decorative shades fit easily over Yankee Candle’s Jar Candles and protect the flame from drafts. They can be bought here for $16.99

Craft Kits

Candle making kit

A beeswax candle making kit

If the person you are buying for likes making crafts or would enjoy learning about making candles, then a DIY candle making kit would be the ideal candle gift idea. You can find one craft kit here on Amazon that teaches people how to make Beeswax Candles.

Scented Candle Gifts

Scented candles are always a popular gift idea. Bath and Body Works has a great selection of 3 wick scented candles here. They go great with the candle sleeves we mentioned early, also available at Bath and Body Works.

Scented candle gifts

Scented candle gifts from Bath and Body Works

Yankee Candle has a collection called Pure Radiance. The range consists of contemporary candles housed in glass vases. The collection also includes distinctive vase holders and candle trays.

Pure Radiance Candles

Pure Radiance Candles

The Pure Radiance Range

The Pure Radiance Range: Candles, Trays and Stands

Bacon candle

The Sizzling Bacon Candle

If you feel like giving a humorous gift have a look into novelty scented candles. Novelty scents can include anything from bacon to beer smelling candles. Here is a bacon version from Think Geek for $15.99.

Personalized candle

A personalized candle

Personalized: A Candle With a Message

Over at Chandlers Candle you can get message or even a picture printed onto a candle.

Luxury Candle Gift Ideas

In our post Creative & Cool Candles: From Projectors to Votive Candle Holders we highlighted these beautiful and unique candle gifts:

Rocking Votives

Rocking Votives are egg like votive candle holders that have a textured exterior and a smooth glazed interior. There is a choice of 15 different glazing colors – available here for $36 each.

Colored votive holders

Colored egg votive candle holders

Colored votive holders

Colored egg votive candle holders


Luminology is a collection of porcelain vessels, inspired by backyard fire pits.  They have a unique wick which gives these candles a modern look. They can be bought at Luminology with prices starting from $18.

Luminology Candles

Beautiful candles by Pigeon Toe Ceramics

Luminology Candles

A Luminology Candle

Lumen Shadow Projectors

Not technically a candle, but who wouldn’t love to receive these oil lamps as gifts. There are 6 different designs and they can be bought at Adam Frank for $48 each.

Lumen Shadow Projector

Lumen Shadow Projector


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Outdoor Christmas Lighting Ideas: Decorating Your Home in the Holiday Spirit

Spread the Christmas spirit by lighting up your house with holiday lights for the whole neighborhood to see. Below you’ll find a range of different outdoor Christmas lighting ideas, a lot of them are quite simple to set up. You’ll be surprised by the number of ways simple string lights can be used to decorate a house during Christmas.

The Power of Outdoor String Lights

They are cheap, they are flexible and they can be used for a whole host of Christmas lighting ideas. You can find them in the traditional green and red versions, or if you want to create a more modern look then experiment with white and other colored string lights. Here are a few ideas to try out:

A Tree Made Out of Lights

You can create your own tree out of tree lights. Erect a pole and attach string lights to the top of the pole, fan them out and stake the other ends into the ground to create a tree, like in the pictures below:

string lights tree

Create a tree using a pole and string lights

Decorative Ornaments

There are so many different kinds of string lights. The common ones are the tiny little light bulbs, but you can find ones that have star shapes, snowman, and snowflake ornamental shades:

star string lights

Star shaped string lights

Or you can create your own shapes using LED string lights and paper origami techniques which can be found here: DIY Lighting: Paper Origami and Outdoor String Lights.

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Paper origami and string lights

Outdoor icicle lights are also another style that can easily be bought on Amazon here

icicle string lights

Icicle string lights make for great outdoor Christmas decorations

Weaving String Lights To Create Decorations

You can use string lights to create your own decorative statues and sculptures:

reindeer statue

Wrapping string lights around this reindeer set found on amazon, will create lighted reindeer statues at night

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Use string lights to create different shapes around the house

Other String Lighting Ideas

Red and Green string lights can be used to create:

    • A curtain of lighting (hang a number of string lights side by side)
    • A starry night (hang a number of small string lights side by side overhead from a wall, tree, fence, etc.)
    • Create elegant wine bottle lamps (have a look here for a DIY guide)
    • String lights can also be woven into garlands to light them up at night.


DIY Christmas Lighting Ideas Using Rope Lights

Rope lights are tiny LED lights that are encased within a plastic tube. Because these tubes are flexible they can be bent and shaped around corners and edges, and even used to create shapes and words.

2 Christmas DIY Projects Using Rope Lights

Snow Flake Lights: All you need to make these snowflake lights: rope lights, a paper template, zip ties, and ribbon. You can find the step by step instructions here.

DIY snow flake lights

DIY snow flake lights using rope lights

Christmas Joy: Use rope or string lights to spell something out (put up a mesh fence where you can weave the lights to create the letters), or you can buy them ready made.

Christmas Light Structures

There are a number of readymade lighted Christmas decorations such as the Santa sleigh below to choose from, others include snowmen, stars, etc:

santa lights


Lighting Areas Of The Garden With Red and Green Lights

Other outdoor holiday lighting ideas include lighting up areas in the garden with colored lights:

    • You can light trees in the garden with red and green lights (place and uplight at the base of the tree or wrap string lights around it)
    • Bushes and the walls of the house are other areas that can be lit up.

green tree

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Operation Christmas: Fighting War With Christmas Lights

Operation Christmas

What is the best way to speak to guerrilla soldiers? How about through 2000 LED Christmas lights? Columbia has spent 60 years in turmoil with a guerrilla group. Knowing that Christmas, even for guerrillas, is an emotional time an advertising agency came up with an idea to send a Christmas message in the deep jungles of Columbia. The short video below shows how they achieved to demobilize 331 guerrilla soldiers during Christmas of 2010.

Related article: for another look at how lights play an important role in changing peoples’ lives, take a look at Energizer’s corporate social responsibility case study where they are working with One Million Lights to make a difference.

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GE Lighting Innovating With: The Olympics, Augmented Reality, and Christmas Lighting

GE Lighting is starting to make headline news for a number of different reasons. We highlighted them earlier with a write up on how they are partnering with the London 2012 Olympic committee to reform the lighting on the iconic London Bridge. The lights are being changed to a more energy efficient commercial lighting system, a system that will also bring out the details of the bridge where the current lights makes it look flat. This change will also allow for light shows to be project directly onto the bridge during the Olympic games and after, bringing the London Bridge into modern day.

The current lighting system makes London Bridge look flat

In Germany at the Euroshop International Retail Trade Fair, GE Lighting partnered with Appshaker to highlight their brand in a new and engaging way. GE Lighting had augmented reality stations installed around the fair. Along with Appshaker, a paper cube was made that when held up to the stations would create a 3D display that people could spin around and interact with. The video below shows the fair attendees interacting with GE Lighting’s high tech marketing material.

GE Lighting also plays a major role in a number of communities around the US when it comes to Christmas lighting. In Washington D.C. the National Christmas tree has been designed by GE Lighting for 49 years. A 80% reduction in energy consumption has been recorded as the switch to LED lights was made a few years ago. This is multiplied as all across the US, GE LED lights are widely used to light up community Christmas trees.

The National Christmas tree designed by GE Lighting in LED lights

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