GLENVIEW, Ill., Nov. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Tis the season to make spirits bright with holiday lights! The day after Thanksgiving kicks off the decorating season and is the most popular day to hang holiday lights. While decorating the tree, house, or garland, a whole section of lights can go dark – along with holiday spirits. Light outages can be frustrating and time-consuming to repair during the busy holiday season.
The LightKeeper "Pros" have developed tips to keep holiday lights and spirits bright, and keep everyone safe, too.
- Measure: To estimate the number of lights needed for your tree, plan on an average of 100 lights per every foot of tree height.
- LED vs. Incandescent: LED lights are more expensive than incandescent, but typically last longer. Due to their low voltage, more sets of LED lights can be strung together end-to-end than traditional sets. Be sure to use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory such as Underwriters Laboratory (UL).
- Inspect: Before stringing lights check for broken bulbs and sockets, frayed cords, burned out lights and loose connections. Replace and repair any damaged light sets. For sets with bulb outages, use the LightKeeper Pro® for incandescent lights or the LED Keeper® for LED lights to find and fix the problem in seconds.
- Connect: Connect no more than three strands of mini string sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs. Read the manufacturer's instructions for the safe number of LED strands to connect. Use no more than three light sets on any one extension cord.
- Indoor vs. Outdoor: Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use. Outside lights are exposed to water, so they should be rated for outdoor use. Wrap connections with electrical tape when two or more light strands are being used. Outdoor lights should be plugged into circuits protected by ground-fault-interrupters (GFCIs).
- Live and Artificial Trees: To string lights on an evergreen tree, begin at the top of the tree and wind the strands through its center, widening with the tree's shape. For deciduous trees, work your way up. Wrap lights around the base of its trunk, moving upward in a spiral formation. If you use an artificial tree, choose one that is tested and labeled as fire resistant. Artificial trees with built-in electrical systems should have the UL label.
- Replace and Repair Lights: To get the most out of your light sets, do occasional visual checks for any bulbs that are no longer working. Replace those bulbs as soon as possible. If a light set stops working or a section goes dark, use the LightKeeper Pro® (for incandescent lights) or LED Keeper® (for LEDs) to find and solve the issue in seconds.
- Holiday Light Helpline: For questions about holiday light repairs, call the holiday lighting pros at Ulta-Lit year-round and 7 days a week between Thanksgiving and Christmas at 888-858-2548 or visit www.UltaLit.com.
About LightKeeper Pro®
The LightKeeper Pro® fixes most miniature light sets and pre-lit trees in seconds. It not only finds the bad bulb, but also fixes the problem by sending a harmless charge down the wires so the working bulbs will light. The tool's Audible Voltage Detector pinpoints the problem by tracing the light set to avoid pulling out every bulb. The LED Keeper® is the only tool in the marketplace able to diagnose and repair both replaceable and non-replaceable LED sets, and includes place markers to assist the process of elimination. Both "Yule Tools" include a bulb tester and bulb puller to ease the replacement process. The products are available at national retailers and online with excellent ratings and reviews.
About Ulta-Lit Technologies, Inc.
Ulta-Lit Technologies, Inc., based in Glenview, Illinois, is the maker of the complete products to repair holiday light sets - The LightKeeper Pro® and LED Keeper®. Founded in 1996 as Ulta-Lit Tree Company, our experience with pre-lit artificial Christmas Trees revealed a need for an effective light set repair tool and led to the development of the LightKeeper Pro®. Today, Ulta-Lit Technologies, Inc. continues to innovate and provide the ultimate tools in light set repair.
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