Decorating Doors and Windows with Holiday Lights

Decorating Doors and Windows with Holiday Lights

Decorating doors and windows with Christmas lights on windows and doors can be a fun, creative, and festive way to celebrate the holidays.

Most places that light up big for Christmas are big places — houses, for instance. But even if you live in an apartment rather than a house, you can still light up the place. Glowing doors and windows are a great way to say, “Welcome home to Christmas!”

Where to Install Holiday Lights

Don’t light a door or window itself. Opening and closing a light-bedecked window or door can make the lights swing and bang against its surface, yank a strand of lights out of its socket, or crack the bulbs. Instead, attach lights above and around doors and windows, on the cornices and casings.

Light Bulbs: Mini-Lights vs. Big Bulbs

Choosing the right kind of bulb is important. In general, use small bulbs. Big bulbs can look handsome from far off but may not look so good five inches from a visitor’s nose.

Attaching and Installing Light Bulbs

For the same reason, take extra care in attaching the lights. After all, your visitors can see every scratched bulb or unsightly strip of electrical tape. If one bulb out of a row of 50 is pointing the wrong direction, people will notice. So double-check everything. Before you turn the lights on for the first time, ask a detail-oriented friend or neighbor to check them over.

Some lights enthusiasts secure the lights only at the top and let them dangle freely. That can be a very pretty look, but it’s not a good idea if your doors and windows face outdoors and your area suffers strong winds.

To make the lights as attractive as possible, consider using more than one line of bulbs. A lone strand around a doorway can look lonely and poverty-stricken, while multiple strands can look rich and luxurious.

Besides, a large number of lights can distract the visitor’s eye from any small problems. This is, by the way, another reason to consider mini-lights, which come in greater numbers per inch than big bulbs.

You can also use garlands. With a little diligent shopping, you can buy long garlands of light with bulbs entwined among fireproof artificial leaves. They look festive and Christmassy, and their plastic vegetation can hide a multitude of installation sins.

Electric Light Safety

No matter what you use, remember safety:

  • If you hang multiple strands, keep them from touching each other. In particular, stagger hot components such as sockets and bulbs to keep them out of each other’s way.
  • If you install window lights inside your home, keep them away from drapes and other flammable items.
  • If you expect a lot of children to go in and out of a lit doorway, install the lights out of their reach; instead of putting bulbs around the door, you might hang lights from above it.
  • If your strand of lights is outdoors, connect it to an outdoor outlet; if it’s indoors, connect it to an indoor outlet. Don’t run its electrical cord through the doorway or window. Shutting a door or window on a cord can crimp and damage it.

20+ Christmas Lighting Ideas For Doors and Windows

Decorating Doors and Windows with Holiday Lights

1. DIY Mason Jar Light

DIY Mason Jar Light | Christmas Door and Window Lighting Decorating Ideas

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2. Light Burlap Garland

Light Burlap Garland | Christmas Door and Window Lighting Decorating Ideas

3. Winter snowman wreath in Purple

Winter snowman wreath in Purple | Christmas Door and Window Lighting Decorating Ideas

4. Star wreath

Star wreath | Christmas Door and Window Lighting Decorating Ideas

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5. Christmas wreath trio

Christmas wreath trio | Christmas Door and Window Lighting Decorating Ideas

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6. Wreath with lights

Wreath with lights | Christmas Door and Window Lighting Decorating Ideas

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7. Christmas window star light

Christmas window star light | Christmas Door and Window Lighting Decorating Ideas

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8. Window light

Window light | Christmas Door and Window Lighting Decorating Ideas

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9. Candyland

Candyland | Christmas Door and Window Lighting Decorating Ideas

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10. Window light

Window light | Christmas Door and Window Lighting Decorating Ideas

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11. Your front door with light

Your front door with light | Christmas Door and Window Lighting Decorating Ideas

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12. Front door lighting

Front door lighting | Christmas Door and Window Lighting Decorating Ideas

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13. Outdoor Christmas decor

Outdoor Christmas decor | Christmas Door and Window Lighting Decorating Ideas

14. Wreath with Christmas Lights on Entry Door

Wreath with Christmas Lights on Entry Door | Christmas Door and Window Lighting Decorating Ideas

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15. Garland and Red Bows

Garland and Red Bows | Christmas Door and Window Lighting Decorating Ideas

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16. tall twigs with tangle of tiny lights

tall twigs with tangle of tiny lights | Christmas Door and Window Lighting Decorating Ideas

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17. Christmas Porch Decorating Ideas

Christmas Porch Decorating Ideas | Christmas Door and Window Lighting Decorating Ideas

18. Outdoor lighting

Outdoor lighting | Christmas Door and Window Lighting Decorating Ideas

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19. Magical Front Porch

Magical Front Porch | Christmas Door and Window Lighting Decorating Ideas

20. Christmas front door

Christmas front door | Christmas Door and Window Lighting Decorating Ideas

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Now, your only problem is making sure that your indoor décor looks as great as the view from outside!

 

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