My family has gotten in to the habit of leaving all the Christmas lights on all
the time (indoor - tree, garlands), including overnight. For the magical
feeling it's supposed to invoke, and wanting to wake up to the sight of the lit
Any danger to this?
Probably depends mostly on the type of bulbs, and the dryness of the
tree. If they are cool bulbs, and the tree isn't directly off of
"Christmas vacation", you are probably ok.
On the other hand, most light sets are crappy $2.55 sets just waiting
to short circuit (IMO)
You could put in a timer (available at any home store) to turn them off
after you go to bed, and on again before you get up.
After further thought, the fireman in me came alive. It's been awhile,
but I can recall stories of families killed because their tree torched.
Might not happen to you - I would even go so far as to say probably
wont happen..... is it worth taking the chance?
Anything can happen at anytime. The longer "anytime" is, especially while
unoccupied and unattended, the greater the risk.
I doubt those twinkling clear mini lights on an artificial garland present any
There seems to be a greater danger overall, in the attitude that "wants" should
overrule common sense, and that you're even considering it a valid argument.
My neighbor across the street had a small fire and called the fire
department. In five minutes the small fire was out. However they saw the
Christmas lights attached to the house in April. The neighbor did not
bother to take them down and put them up each year. The firemen made it
clear that they would be back in a week and if the lights were not off the
house they would declare the home unfit to habitation. The lights came off.
I might add that your insurance company may not like the idea and may have a
clause in your contract that could cost your insurance coverage if you keep
Regular cheap Christmas lights are not designed for year around use.
They should be used once a year and inspected each year as they are put up.
Really? I use some old ones which were called "year-'round" lights.
Although, all newer light strings have warnings not to exceed 90 days of use.
two dangers at least
1) this danger will become apparent on your next electricity bill, unless
you have averaged billing
2) the danger of being disappointed if expected magical feelings aren't
beyond that, seems christmas trees can catch fire, resulting in destruction,
and maybe even death
maybe christmas is about risking death while enriching energy companies and
keeping fire departments busy
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