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hutz13 11-09-2010 11:11 AM

If you put up outdoor Christmas lights
Do you leave them up all year round or take them down after Christmas?

The reason I'm asking is that I usually go out mid November and put up my lights and then if it's not too cold outside I take them down 2nd week of January. I've noticed many people now just leave them up all year.

frostyman 11-09-2010 12:05 PM

I personally think that it would be hard on the lights being out in the elements year round, it would probably shorten their life

TamaraQT 11-09-2010 01:06 PM

I leave mine up until it gets warm outside. I stop turning them on after the first week of January. I leave them up because its too cold and too much trouble to take them down. On the first warm day, my hubby goes out, and just pulls them down. But, by doing it this way, makes us have to buy new light sets every year due to damage from the cold, snow and wind.

MerryBells 11-09-2010 01:25 PM

We take ours down the first sunny day after January 6. Otherwise the weather damages them, and I really like the ones I have right now.

Minta 11-09-2010 01:32 PM

We take our down sometime during the first or second weekend in January. All depends on weather and our schedules.

One Spoiled Brat 11-09-2010 02:07 PM

I take them down as soon as possible after the 6th of January....:rudolph:

hutz13 11-09-2010 05:27 PM

I do think the elements would really affect the life of the lights but maybe people just figure it's cheaper to replace them rather than take the time to remove them each year ... I'm not sure but it seems to be a growing trend where I live.

xmas365 11-09-2010 07:55 PM

I leave mine on until Jan. 8. then I take them down the first semi-warm day after that (semi-warm meaning mid 30's)

kidzrme 11-09-2010 10:03 PM

I take mine down mid January. I only use the white lights.

Snow-in-Texas 11-10-2010 06:27 AM

We take ours down after New Years. We will probably be putting them up within the next couple of weeks.

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