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Kraig Ware

Founder and Chief Designer, LiteScapes

Outdoor Holiday Decorations

Kraig Ware, Founder and Chief Designer of LiteScapes, demonstrates how to decorate your home or business using holiday lights to make the season festive.

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Kraig Ware: Hello! I am Kraig Ware, Founder and Chief Designer of LiteScapes. Today, I am going to show you how to decorate your home or business using Christmas lights to make the holiday season very festive. Now, we are going to show you a few techniques that I think will make a positive impact on your overall design.

First, we are going to show you all about power chords. Where they go, how we secure them for safety and security, plus how to make the system durable in rain or wind, and snow and that type of element. Next, we are going to show you probably the overall most dramatic thing you can do which is your roof lighting.

Now, we are going to show you two techniques with that. There are several others, but the two we are going to show you are C9. Also, we are going to show you eye circles. Next, we will take you in the ground, tying your design down to the foundation, making sure that your house isn't floating. From there, we will show you some other ground techniques using tree lighting and we will show you branch wraps, we are going to show you trunk wraps, puddle techniques, we are going to show you tear graphs, all different ways that you can make a creative effect using your own lights there to home.

From there, we are going to show you other ground techniques like lighting your shrubs with canopy lighting, use of mini lights to make a low cost impact on your overall design. Then, finally we will show you a day-time decor, that's using garlands and wreaths to decorate your home, not only giving a huge impact in the evening, but also giving you a better color, depth.

Now, to do all these things, we are going to tell you about today, you are going to need some tools. Now, first of all, I would recommend two ladders. First of all, A-frame ladder, and preferably one that's adjustable. That will allow you to change the size and shape of that ladder for stairs, for uneven walkways and such providing you a nice safe foundation.

Secondly, an extension ladder. That extension ladder will help you get up on gables, roofs, dormers that type of things. Secondly, you are going to need some common tools. You are going to need may be some wire strippers, and need all those pliers, some electrical tape, some clips, some zip ties, other accessories that we'll show you throughout these next clips that you will see. So that those can manage your home safely and securely without causing damage to your home.

Now, one more word about safety. Remember, when you are working with ladders, never over-extend yourself, and make sure that you've always got both legs, extended, firmly seated on the ground, or if you are on a A-frame, make sure all four legs are firmly seated on the ground or surface below you. And remember, you are working with electricity, be careful, take your time, stay away from water, stay away from metal structures. When you are putting up your ladder, a word of advise, always look up, make sure that there is nothing above you as far as tree branches that can hit you ladder or power lights that can really cause a damage to you and your property.

Before we get started, a little bit about myself. As I said earlier, I am Kraig Ware, Founder and Chief Designer of LiteScapes. We specialize on outdoor lighting across numerous states in the area, and we focus on making the art of landscape and outdoor lighting better.

In addition to LiteScapes, we also have a French house called Christmas Decor that specializes in holiday decorating of homes and businesses using Christmas lights. It's a really fun process, but along this time, this last day of the year, we've got a lot of experience. So what we are going to share with you today, is a lot of fun. So let's get started.