Christmas Net Lights Are Easy To Use
We use Christmas net lights on the shrubbery in front of our house. The lights that I am using now are 6.6 feet wide and almost 10 feet long so I can cover quite a large area. This is so much easier than stringing lights around and around the shrubs.
The net lights that I use are waterproof but they warn you to keep the plug in a dry place. I use a 6-Outlet Power Stake Timer with Light Sensor that comes with a 6-Foot Cord to take care of that problem. It works really great and gives me other outlets to plug in rope lights and other lights that I might be using.
The best thing about the stake is the timer. The timer cycles include ON at dusk, OFF at dawn, OFF always, 2, 4, 6, and 8-hour cycles. I usually set it to come on at dusk and stay on for 6 hours. So much easier than plugging the net lights in and then having to unplug them before going to bed.
Storing Christmas Net Lights
I use to have a lot of problems with storing Christmas net lights. If you just fold them up and put them in a box – no matter how careful you are – sometime between this Christmas and the next Christmas, someone goes in and gets your lights into a tangled mess. Now I will agree that the newer lights that I have are not supposed to have that problem but I don’t take that chance.
I buy 1×1 lumber at the lumber yard – was going to use dowel rods but they are way more expensive. Then I cut the 1×1 to be about a foot or a little more than the width of my net lights. So since my lights are 6.6 feet wide, I would cut my 1×1 to 7.6 or 8 foot. Then you need 2 people. One holds the 1×1 and turns it to wrap the lights while the other person keeps it wrapping straight on the 1×1. Once you have it wrapped on the 1×1, use some kind of ties, string or whatever to keep the net from coming unwrapped. Next Christmas, just unroll and you are ready to go.
Christmas net lights are the way to go if you have shrubbery or trees that you want lights on. They are really inexpensive and will save you a lot of time and headaches. And if you take care of your lights, they will last a long time.
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