How to Safely Hang Christmas Lights on Your Gutters

The holiday season is upon us and it’s time to put some sparkle on your home. Christmas lights are one of the easiest ways to be one of the most festive houses on the block! Here are some easy tips to follow to ensure both razzle-dazzle as well as safety.

Which Lights Work Best:

C7 or C9 light bulbs and icicle lights are the most popular Christmas lights for hanging across gutters and roof overhangs. C7 bulbs are the classic Christmas light size and a favorite among Christmas enthusiasts while C9 bulbs are slightly larger, perfect for creating bold, high impact lighting that can be seen from longer distances.

Which Light Clip is Best?

Vertical or horizontal? When installing Christmas lights on gutters, some clips will allow bulbs to face either direction while others can only provide one hanging option. By first determining which direction your lights will hang, will help you choose the proper clip for hanging.

How to Hang Christmas Lights Across Gutters:

  1. Attach a clip to the base of each light in the direction you plan for your lights to hang.

  2. Place your ladder on the side nearest your outlet. This is where you will begin hanging your lights.

  3. Plug a strand of lights into an extension cord long enough to reach from the outlet to the edge of the roof with enough slack for the extension cord to follow a path along the ground against the wall upwards, then vertically up to a corner of the roof line. Set the male end of the extension cord near the outlet and check that it stays in place as you climb upward toward your roof.

  4. Attach your first light clip beside the extension cord to the edge of the gutter.

  5. Keep your light string fairly taut as you continue to clip each bulb across your gutter. You will need to reposition the ladder as you go so be sure not to overextend yourself or shift your balance away from your ladder.

  6. If necessary, plug a second light string into the first. Then continue to clip your light bulbs in place as you did with the first.

  7. When you come to the end of your gutter, either run the remainder of the strand down the side of your house or continue upward to your peak. Light caps or electrical tape can be used to cover unused sockets, protecting them from the elements.

Finally, be safe! Each year there are countless injuries caused by people falling off ladders while hanging Christmas decorations. If you're not sure if your up for the task, hire a professional. Sometimes it's the little projects that seem like 'no big deal' that lead to serious injuries. Here’s wishing you a very Merry Christmas full of holiday cheer and a Happy New Year!