Tis the Season for Bad Lighting
On my evening stroll with Frank I couldn't help but observe the holiday lighting of the neighborhood. Sadly, I didn't notice it for positive reasons. When we think of bad holiday lighting I think the vision of the Griswald house in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. A vision of the man of the house going wildly overboard and over lighting the house. Well when you go out and really look at what most people do, it's the exact opposite - skimpy lights poorly spaced.
Don't Flood Light the Front of Your House
On my walk tonight I came across two homes that did this. In addition to their holiday lighting they decided to flood light the front of their home from stake mounted fixtures at the front of the lawn. Don't do this. Here's why:
- Your house isn't a monument.
- This lighting method creates hideous shadows.
- It's a glare nightmare for the passersby and is probably very unpleasant inside the house as well.
- It removes all attention from your actual decorative lights.
Enough With the Figures in Lights
Illuminated cartoon santa heads, illuminated elf faces in Christmas lights, illuminated tree symbols in green lights. I hate them all. Maybe you can get away with a nice clean star, but otherwise, stop it. Christmas lights where never meant to make shapes. They are meant to make a specific thing that is not normally luminous, well luminous. Randomly hanging a Santa face does not holiday lighting make.
Don't Skimp On The Lights!
Here's the inside scoop on holiday lighting. You don't have to light up your entire house or go on your room or anything light that. You just have to choose what elements of your exterior you want to light and then make them completely luminous. The key here is density. So if you're lighting bushes light the entire bush and make the lighting lush. If you're lighting your tree, yes you need to light the whole tree. Lighting you're roof line? Make it a very bright dense line of light. Scraggly lights strew around doesn't inspire joy, it just looks unfinished.
What are your holiday lighting tips? What do you do to make the outside of your house look amazing?