Commercial Christmas Lights
When is comes to replacing existing lights in your display or you've been set the task in putting together the Christmas lights this year the team here at UK Christmas World are here to help you!
Each year we work with councils, schools, parishes and commercial companies across the country.
In 2014 we worked with clients including: Vodafone, Ski Dubai, ITV, Hilton Hotels and Merlin Entertainments.
What to think about first?...
The first thing to consider when looking to purchase new lights will be power. Is there a dedicated supply nearby where you plan on running the lights from or will this need to be added.
If the council has had Christmas lights on lampposts before then sockets could already be in place to plug/wire the lights into. If not then it can prove quite costly to add a socket to a lamppost. If this is the case we would suggest that a member of the street lighting team is invited to the parish to look at what is in place and what work is needed.
By taking a power feed from a lamppost this enables the lights to come on at night using the lampposts built in light sensor.
Health and safety...
This is one of the sections people tend to skim read over but when it comes to installing Christmas lights it's vital that everything has been covered, this includes the health and safety side of things.
Does the display have to be low voltage
If mains is acceptable always ensure an RCD is fitted to each run of lights, this adds an extra element of safety
Will the light cables need to be run across the ground or in the air at height?
Will the lights/display need to be protected from possible vandalism?
Will the lights need to be PAT tested? (Portable Appliance Testing), if you are purchasing new Christmas lights they will not need to be PAT tested, just a quick check before putting the lights up to check they look safe is sufficient.
A basic risk assessment form can be downloaded and completed from the HSE website: http://www.hse.gov.uk/Risk/assessment.htm
Which Christmas lights?...
The internet is awash with companies selling Christmas lights and decorations. We like to keep things simple!
You have the choice of either traditional 'filament' style bulbs or 'LED lights'.
Traditional filament bulbs have always proved popular but can be very expensive to run, the power requirements are greater and on larger displays each season a vast amount of spare bulbs are needed – especially in poor weather conditions as the lights can easily be knocked.
LED's are now the preferable choice with councils, commercial and domestic Christmas displays. The LED's last a lot longer than filament bulbs, they are more durable and safer as they do not contain any glass parts.
LED Christmas lights are available in a range of colours including white, warm white, multi coloured and blue.
Its always advisable to choose lights which are going to last. Cheaper sets of LED's may still need to be replaced year after year whereas the tougher commercial grade lights will last for years to come and prove a much better investment in the long run.
Tell me more about Connectable LED's?..
Connectable LED's are by far the most popular choice when it comes to local parishes and commercial installations.
With connectable lights you have the flexibility of having just the one set or 60 sets running from just the single power source. Each set of connectable lights includes 100 LED's and the lit length of lights span 10 metres.
If you were to connect the maximum numbers from the one plug this would total 600 metres worth of lights! - that's almost enough lights to go up one side of the Empire State Building and back down the other!
A full range of accessories are also available including extension cables and a variety of splitters and connectors allowing you to be creative with the planning of your display.
How many lights do I need for my tree?...
This chart is to be used as a guide, the number of lights of course depends on the budget for the project and coverage required across the Christmas tree.
Size Christmas Tree
Installing the Christmas lights...
When it comes to installing the lights onto the tree we cannot stress enough the importance of testing each set of lights before adding to the tree.
For larger trees a crane maybe needed to hoist the tree into position and also a hiab or cherry picker to safely add the lights to the tree. Scaffolding can also be used to decorate trees.
What happens to the lights after Christmas?...
Its always a good idea to have someone who is responsible for looking after the lights once they have been taken down from the tree.
When taking the lights down we would recommend that they are stored in sealed plastic storage boxes once completely dry. Again the lights can be tested once they have been removed from the tree and before packing away for the year.
We have a team of people who love Christmas, and also know a lot of the items we sell. If you have any questions or need a little inspiration we can help guide you in the right direction.
Our office is open 7 days a week – 01226 388889, by email its firstname.lastname@example.org and if you would like top visit here's our address: UK Christmas World, Metro Trading Centre, Barugh Green, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S75 1JT. (If you are planning on coming to discuss a project please ring or email first so we can ensure someone is on hand to talk through the options).