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How Much Does It Costs To Install Christmas Lights?

What is the Cost of Holiday Lights Installation?


Having outdoor holiday lights installed in your premises is just priceless when the holidays are finally here. It is not easy to quantify the feeling you get when your house is glowing in the whole neighborhood. But, with the glamor and beauty it comes with, you want to know how much you’ll be spending when you invite professional light installers to your home. So many things affect the cost and price of light installation, like the difficulty of the project, which makes it hard to give specific costs. In most cases, a typical holiday lighting project can cost anywhere from $250 to $650.  This sounds like a big range. For a clear view of how much you should expect to spend when installing Christmas lights in your home, here is a look at what factors determine the cost.

Nature of the project 

The difficulty level of the project is a primary factor determining the cost of lighting installation. For instance, simple outdoor lighting for a small home may cost between $500 and $1,000, depending on the project’s difficulty.  The higher you want the holiday lights to be, the more you are likely to spend. That said, you are most likely to spend more when installing holiday lights in a three-story building than on a single-story house. The number of stories in the house also affects the cost per square foot of products used. Averagely the cost of installation on a 1,000-square feet house with a single story is between $225 and $450.  This type of home requires at least 100 linear feet of lights. For a three-story 1,000 square feet home, a homeowner is likely to spend between $425 and $650 for 300 linear feet.  Installing holiday lights on the roof may cost you more, given the risk involved. Roofs are more dangerous, especially when winter elements like ice and snow are on the roof. When the winter conditions worsen, most lighting installers turn down most projects for safety reasons. 

Labor and time involved

When coming up with the cost of lighting installation, most professionals will consider the labor involved and how long it takes to do the work. The detail and intricacy involved in the project will largely determine the cost.  For example, lighting an ordinary window takes less time than lighting up dormers. The manpower needed also affects the amount you are likely to spend on the project. If the lighting project requires the crew member to work all day, the labor cost can be around $300 to $500. This does not include the products you will use, like LED bulbs. Tree wrapping is one of the most labor-intensive lighting projects. For this project, you will likely spend amounts ranging from $50 to $5,000.

Type of products installed 

The types of products used in the installation will also determine the cost. The more outdoor lighting you need, the more you are likely to spend. Therefore, a large installation project will cost you more than installation in a small home. You also have to consider the type of lighting product you want to be installed in your home. Most lighting companies use commercial-grade holiday products, the kind of lighting décor you will likely find in your local lighting stores. The products are more durable and will last for different seasons.  Christmas light products range between $5 and $60 per strand. What type of products you use depends on where you intend to use the lights, personal preferences, and the location of installation.

The professional experience  

The cost of installing holiday lights on your premises also depends on the experts you hire for the work. You want to ensure the installation work is done perfectly for the first time. This way, you will avoid paying for repairs or re-doing the project to re-fix what was not done properly. When installing holiday lighting, you should find a team with years of experience. The professional should be able to install the lights safely and service the lights all year round. If you want to save money, you can opt for DIY solutions. However, hiring a pro for your Christmas lighting installation can be more expensive but comes with a lot of benefits like: – Safe wiring that protects your home from water and snow exposure  – Plan to maximize lighting effect  – Saves time on installation and takedown 

Christmas Lights Installation Cost: FAQs 

How much does it cost to remove and install holiday lights?

It costs between $125 and $350 per project. This is an average of $0.50 to $0.65 per linear foot. Most professionals will charge you for removal and installation. You can discuss the removal dates with the company.

How much does it cost to run holiday lights?

During the holiday lighting season, homeowners should expect to pay an additional cost of $5 to $75 per month on utility bills. The types of lights and the number of lights used will determine the cost. You spend more when you use the traditional incandescent bulbs than when you use LED bulbs.

How many holiday lights do I need for my property?

How many holiday lights you need will depend on the size of your property and your decoration needs. You need between 10 and 20 strands of lights for basic exterior lighting décor.  You can start the lighting project with at least 100 lights for the eaves and at least ten more bulbs for the awning you intend to cover. Trees and large shrubs will take between 5 and 10 strands.

Final Thoughts 

A typical professional light installation costs between $250 and $650. A lighting project will cost you this much, depending on the type of lighting products you use, the square feet of the house, and the labor required in the project.  When installing holiday lights in your commercial and residential premises, you should invite a professional for this project. Most companies will engage you in coming up with the estimate quotation, so you can plan your finances.   

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