Well even though we kind of would prefer that you didn’t leave them up – the answer is that, well – yes – holiday lights can stay up over a long period of time. BUT – that’s only if these two things are true:
- The lights need to be outdoor use only. Believe it or not (and you’d be surprised) – people don’t realize that holiday lights come in a lot of different makes and models. Some are mixed use, some are for walls, trees, indoor, outdoor, etc. If you don’t want to undo your hard work from before the holiday season, then we 100% recommend that you buy outdoor lights. They’re built to withstand the elements – whether it’s warm, cold or wet outside. They’ll hold up, won’t spark, won’t go haywire and are built to take a beating. These can be left up.
- They’d better be LED. Yep, probably burst your bubble there, but there’s a good reason behind this. Incandescent lights just don’t handle extreme weather shifts well. And it’s not even that they don’t handle shifts well – they don’t really handle any kind of weather well. Too much sun and the light is damaged. Too much rain and moisture and they short out. They just don’t work.
But LED lights? Yep – they work! They last longer, they’re MUCH more energy efficient and are built to take the beating. Not only do you not have to worry about the weather pounding we discussed above, they also just look better and save you some money. So if you’re going to be lazy, at least make the investment in your laziness and go LED.
Does the kind of tree matter?
Eh – not really. What we would recommend is you avoid draping lights over younger trees. Bigger, more established trees have the strength to hold up under pressure – whereas younger trees simply don’t.
That actually should do it, but we do want to make sure we make it abundantly clear that you take your time to thoroughly plan out your design and where certain lights will be relative to others. Be careful, don’t overload your power capacity and follow all your safety regulations to the ‘t’. The wrong types of bulbs can create big problems from a functionality standpoint – and most importantly from a safety standpoint, so if you’re not going with an LED/All weather setup, it’s probably best to take them down.