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Winter can be a dark time because the days are shorter. But you can temper the darkness by adding light — indoors and out. Here are some tips for creating bright spots in your landscape:

Holiday Lighting

LED holiday lights, cordless window candles, and decorative solar lights will create a bold display while reducing your energy bills.

  • Position lights where you can enjoy them from indoors. Use your windows as "frames" to help you decide where to put lights.
  • In hard-to-reach locations, try solar lights or battery-powered lights.
  • Use a timer so lights will come on and turn off automatically. With a dimmer switch — sold at hardware stores — you can create more subtle effects.
  • Instead of stringing lights on a tree's upper branches, try outlining the trunk with closely spaced lights.
  • Safety first: If you're hanging lights up high, be sure to use a sturdy ladder. Make sure lights and extension cords are rated for use outdoors. Don't overload a circuit by attaching too many sets to a single outlet.