It's probably better that you don't do this. These are utterly
tasteless like plastic reindeer on the roof and that type of thing.
Your neighbours will thank you for it.
Your electricity supplier may be disappointed however.
If you really mut do this, then the best solution is to buy a low
voltage set and have the transformer inside the house.
To email, substitute .nospam with .gl
I wonder how many injuries occur when non-DIYers take to ladders and cable
to embark in this seasonal ritual of putting cheap tat on the front of their
Hopefully some may take the Engerland flag down whilst they are putting up
"Dave Stanton" < email@example.com> wrote in message
The most awful example I've seen so far this year is a house with a cheap
'blow up' Father Christmas on a house roof along with more lights than
Blackpool, what's more the owner is trying to sell the house !...
"Christian McArdle" wrote
| > Taking things to a ridiculous extreme I know, but in theory you
| > need planning permission for outside Christmas Lights as they
| > fall under the advertising display catch all !
| But wouldn't that be covered by the temporary use exemption? (I
| don't know, maybe advertising is excluded from the exemption).
And would any local authority risk the "Heartless Council Pulls Plug on
Christmas Lights" story in the local paper.
Reminds me of a local church who put up a banner advertising an exhibition,
someone from the council came along and said "ere, you need permission fer
that". To which the organisers replied, "oops sorry, we'll take it down
then - it'll take a week to get the man with the ladder". The guy from the
council was happy with that. Of course, at the end of the week the
exhibition had finished!
One advantage of living in an old house is that there is a big enough gap
around the window, when closed, for me to run a 12v wire through it. I put a
string of small white (non-flashing) lights in a tree out the front each
year, as my concession to Christmas decorations, and run the wire back into
the house. Even though I do have outside sockets at strategic places around
the house, the transformer is not rated for outdoor use.
When I were a wee un grandad had the only set of flashing lights in town.
Dad made them years ago from 6 strings of lights (each with hand painted
coloured bulbs) and switched via cams like a mechanical washing machine
controller. You could see the lights from a couple of hudred yards away but
the clickety clack of the controller box could be heard for miles. The
tree's crowning glory was a star made of metal coathagers and waxed paper.
These days it's all plastic reindeer and blow up snowmen.
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