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The Valley Breeze & Observer 11-14-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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54 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2019 | THE VALLEY BREEZE Picking the Perfect Strand – ©2019 GREEN SHOOT MEDIA. Keep reading to find out how to make those lights safe, keep yourself safe (hint: just stay off the roof), and still have a spectac- ular holiday display. INDOOR VERSUS OUTDOOR Here's what it boils down to: You can put outdoor lights inside, but never put inside lights out, says. If you don't want to spend time separating lights, choose a strand that can be either/or. LED VERSUS INCANDESCENT LED lights are more popular nowadays, but they use about 10% the amount of energy than similar incandescent lights. They also burn cool, so they won't toast your fingers, and can have plastic shells that are less prone to flaking and shattering. However, incandescent bulbs have a warm glow that has a vintage look that LEDs can't mimic. And they're less expensive to pur- chase than similar LED strands. WHAT DO ALL THOSE LETTERS AND NUMBERS MEAN? breaks it down. • C6 bulbs are strawberry shaped and good for indoor trees. They are 1 1/8 inch long. • C7 bulbs are a little rounder and longer and look great on larg- er trees and outdoors. They are 1 1/2 inch long. • C9 are teardrop shaped and are perfect outdoors. They're a whopping 2 1/2 inches long. • G12 bulbs are round with an etched design. They are 1 1/2 inch in diameter. Still confused? Go to your lo- cal home center. They usually have a display that shows each bulb. HOW MANY TO GET Yeah, those 100-foot-long strands may look appealing, but remember that the longer the strand, the harder it is to wind up and put away neatly. For trees, aim to string up to 100 lights per foot of tree height. When estimat- ing footage, like to go around your home, always round up in length and make sure you account for connections and cords. About those connections, always read the instructions care- fully and don't string too many together. Nothing gets the Christmas spirit flowing like stringing up the lights outside. NOV-13-2019-GIFT-NPS-Mel.indd 54 11/4/19 10:21 AM

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