How to hang festive lights

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How to hang festive light

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It’s not Christmas without a few festive lights out the front of your house. Here’s how to hang them safely, using gutter hooks. The best bit? You won’t need to bang in a single nail!

Tools and materials


Permastik small cable clips

Arlec gutter hooks

Lytworx LED icicle lights

Removable adhesive hooks


tools and materials

1. Choose your lights

Bunnings has an enormous selection of Christmas lights in store – Clark Griswold would be proud! This year, we’re opting to hang Lytworx LED icicle lights. Not only do these look great, but they’re also super high-tech and you can control them from your smart phone, allowing you to alter the brightness, set them to a timer – and even sync them with music! See, high tech!

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2. Figure out where you want them to go

Size up your home and decide where you’d like to hang your lights. Once you’ve figured it out, grab a ladder and climb up to hang your gutter hooks. These things are fabulous, as they simply click over the ridge of your gutter and provide a hook to hang your lights. If you’re renting and worried about getting your bond back, or you don’t have any gutters in the area you want to hang your lights, you may like to use removable adhesive hooks – a range of these can also be found at Bunnings. Remember – if you’re up ladders; get a friend to spot you. And make sure you don’t stand any higher than the top step.

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3. Test your lights

Before you get up there and string your lights up, plug them in to make sure they’re all working first. Check your lights thoroughly for any cuts in the insulation, or exposed wires – this can be a fire risk.

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4. Get hanging!

Once you’ve uncoiled your lights (not a fun job if you’ve just stuffed them in a box after last year!), simply hang them through your hooks.

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5. Switch them on!

Once everything is hung you’re good to go. Remember, you can control the settings of your Bluetooth lights from your phone, so download the app and get set up! It’s hours of fun!

6. Admire your handiwork

Now wait until nightfall and watch your neighbours’ as they marvel at the majesty of your light show!

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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