View Full Version : Any pictures of Christmas Decorations you've done?

Sweet Tater
11-28-2007, 08:31 PM
How about posting pics of the homes you've decorted. I'd love to see what people pay so much for.

11-29-2007, 01:57 AM
Do you do lighting?

Sweet Tater
11-30-2007, 06:00 PM
Not yet, Didn't know there was a business in it. Now I am starting my research, what kind of things done and will this area support that business. Hence wanting to see pictures of the work ya'l do so I can get an idea.

12-02-2007, 10:41 PM
I finished mine today. 700ft counting the sideway and driveway. I'll get some better pics but here is one from my phone camera.

Sweet Tater
12-03-2007, 02:05 AM
can't tell alot of detail, but it sure is litup. I'll be watching for those better pics.
How do you come up with your layouts? yourimagineation, customer design or a book. I know theres a program that you do a layout on,but the original Ideas

12-03-2007, 07:50 PM
well my camer didn't do too well at night but here goes...

Sweet Tater
12-04-2007, 10:44 PM
looks good. I wanted to do that to my own house this year, still might. I already have over3500 minis on the house and yard plus several siouetts, santa, snowman that kinda thing. I make those and paint them in detail. Got a 4.5' 8point star with 200 lights in it alone. I love Christmas.

Sweet Tater
12-04-2007, 11:11 PM
These are of my own house, over 3500 mini lights, The Sleigh and reindeer, snowman, star and santa I made and painted. As you can tell, I prefer colored lights

12-04-2007, 11:15 PM
I'll have to get some of my house on here. I have over 20,000 lights. I know Jason Rose has a lot too because he is on the Christmas light forum that I go on.

Sweet Tater
12-04-2007, 11:50 PM
20k lights? guess I better start putting up more hehe

12-05-2007, 08:51 AM
what forum is that?

we are all so festive aren't we?

That last part I did was the tallest gable. There was 30mph wind gusts. I got down quick.

12-05-2007, 09:55 AM
check out www.planetchristmas.com

go to talk on the left of the menu. Its the lawnsite of Christmas lights

12-05-2007, 10:31 AM
Christmas lights at my house


12-05-2007, 10:53 AM
there is a short commercial before the stories


Sweet Tater
12-05-2007, 11:53 PM
looks nice Mark, nice house too. I believe I would have placed some candles in the first floor lleft windows too. Kinda bare there.

12-25-2007, 09:01 PM
What do you think of these prices?

I got $500 for the first pic and $320 for the 2nd house... I could have used a 36' ladder on both but we managed.

01-01-2008, 02:00 PM
Can anyone give some insight as to how you go about hanging most roof-lines. Are they done while actually on the roof? Or by ladder. It seems there are spots where neither could be done with a pretty steep pitch on the roof.

Maybe I should hire a roofer for next season. I will work off a ladder but getting on the edge of a roof with a good pitch is not what I want to be doing.

Thanks and those roof lines look great!!

01-06-2008, 02:03 AM
In the bottom pic, on the steep pitched areas I put the ladder direct against the shingles but I kinda maneuvered it so i could still put the lights on. On other parts we had to use a high quality ladder stand off.

But yeah I don't like it either but I made sure to have a experienced ladder guy footing it.

Never let a unexperienced ladder guy foot your ladder. You be better off tying ropes so your ladder can't move.

01-06-2008, 02:38 AM
Thanks... I am thinking of finding a laid off roofer and letting him do the roofs, ladder work ( on jobs where it looks like more than I want to do )


turf hokie
01-06-2008, 08:07 PM
First time doing a pic here hope it works....this house is all LED's, c-9, garland and minis.
The bulbs that look like they are out on the roof are hidden behind trees in the front yard

turf hokie
01-06-2008, 08:10 PM
Another angle

01-06-2008, 08:55 PM
It looks like all you guys got one straight up in the peak and then had them evenly spaced down the peak on both sides. I HATE looking at lights that don't match across the gables and aren't straight up in the peaks. It makes me wanna go rip them down and do them myself. There is nothing worse than sloppy hanging lights.

01-06-2008, 10:32 PM
here is an extremely crappy camera phone video of my lights. I am going to get some better pics up soon.


01-06-2008, 10:41 PM
Are there any tricks to get the picture to turn out that good?
I have tried with flash and with out, digital on several different mega pix., also even 35 mm. with 800speed film. what am I doing wrong. They just dont look as good.

Nice Job on your lights, Were the c-7's led's?

01-07-2008, 12:10 PM
without flash on a tripod. that should do it

01-07-2008, 04:24 PM
The Tripod..... Thats it. Thanks

I will try it.

01-07-2008, 06:03 PM
what is up with all these dark houses. Let's see some spot lights on the houses with wreaths and ribbons.

01-17-2008, 01:36 AM
These are a few that I did:

01-17-2008, 05:37 PM
Nice pics. I'm guessing this has to do with shutter speed? at least that's the way it works on film cameras but can you leave the shutter open longer on a digital?

01-17-2008, 06:22 PM
I have a 7 MP digital camera that I set on a tripod for these pictures. It has a night setting with low light level selector. I played around with the settings until I got a decent picture. These were the best out of 20+ pictures on each house.

Carolina Cuts
04-27-2008, 12:01 AM
was doing it for the past 15 years. $3,000.00 - bout' 900-1000 sets of lights.
only pic I ever took was this one.... which sucks, cause you really can't appreciate the lights and the size of the house/property. Five 8hr days by myself. This house burned down to the ground last February. And no, before the jokes start... it wasn't my fault. The lights came down 1st week of January. Fire was started in the media room... home theater.

04-28-2008, 01:26 AM
wow, Carolina cuts, that looks like a lot of work but looks great, sorry baout the house burning down. That brings up a question I have, do you guys that put up christmas lights have additional liabilty insurance to cover such events

Carolina Cuts
04-28-2008, 09:42 AM
I put the lights up under my uncles store name during the years... not mine. He owns a garden and christmas center. That's where I would by all the lights/replacement lights. They had the liability insurance. One other thing, we/I never put lights directly "ON" a house. It was always trees and shrubs.

Tough to tell in that picture, but the lighting on the house, was basic landscape/security lighting that would come off and on during the install or when someone comes up near the house.

Really wish I had pictures from the main street that would show the house fully lit up.

Been hearing rumors that he is, was, isn't, changed his mind over and over about rebuilding... latest I heard, he decided too....

The lights even made the paper... the house is old and very well known.... the article read something like... "The mansion on Kresson Road, known for is spectacular xmas light display burned.... blah blah blah...

turf hokie
04-28-2008, 10:11 AM
That brings up a question I have, do you guys that put up christmas lights have additional liabilty insurance to cover such events

YES, we carry a policy that has "electrical apparatus" rider on it. This covers us for any accidents that may occur as a result of the lights. It does not cost significantly more to have this.