Christmas Lights Display Around the House and Garden: light up the night!
Anyone who visits Elaine Avenue in Avalon during Christmas week knows how lovely this street looks with all its lights. The neighbours create visual splendour for little people that adults also drive down or stroll by, simply to enjoy. More consumers are switching to LED lights for decorating outdoors as energy-efficient LED lights use less power and require less repairs. Over time, they can be a better investment.
To avoid the week before Christmas frantic rush we usually put up the tree and lights the first week of December, it’s a tradition for us – the kids love it, even though now all grown tall, and everyone enjoys the indoors and garden lit up with a rainbow of tiny lights.
Unfortunately for us we have a marauding flock of sulphur crested cockatoos that have done some damage to our twinkling display over the years, so replacements are needed. The current Johnson Brothers Mitre 10 sale catalogue, which runs to December 24th, has been great in that regard - details and link to online version below.
Just in time for lighting up your own home and garden - a few tips for keeping it all safe.
Christmas Lights - Dos
Look for the safety approval mark - Decorative lights for sale in Australia must comply with relevant safety standards. It is illegal to offer decorative lights for sale or hire in Australia without the necessary safety approval. When buying decorative lights, you must ensure that it has been tested for safety and approved for use in Australia by an Australian state regulator. Safety approval details will be marked on the decorative lighting.
Indoor or outdoor use - If you are going to use the decorative lighting outside make sure it is suitable for outdoor use. Never use indoor lighting outside because the insulation on the wires is not suitable for wet or windy weather and may result in fires, electric shocks and/or injuries to people. It is safe to use outdoor lights inside as they usually have a transformer to convert household electricity (230V) to a safer extra low voltage.
Checking your lights before use
Lights that have been used before
If you are re-using lights from a previous occasion, when you first take them out of storage you need to ensure that they are free of defects such as damaged wires, burnt-out bulbs or loose connections.
Lay the lights along the floor and check that no bulbs are loose or missing. Plug in the light set temporarily to check if all the bulbs are working. You must unplug the light set from the power source before replacing the bulbs. Use new bulbs of the same type and wattage to avoid the lighting set overheating which could cause a fire.
When preparing your lights:
- never turn on the light set while it is in the box
- always unplug the light set before replacing the bulbs
- do not modify or cut a set of lights including the plug and fuse elements
- Regularly monitor your lighting for faulty and burnt-out bulbs and replace them immediately.
When putting up your lights:
Courtesy South Australian Government Safety Tips website.
Tools and Products to help you get it done at Family Friendly prices
Some of the Items shown here are from the current Power Garden catalogue, available online here. Offer valid Tue 30 Oct - Mon 31 Dec 2018
MIRABELLA CHRISTMAS FAIRY LIGHT 100 PACK MULTI COLOUR LED SOLAR: $10.00
Decorative. Bright. Easy to Install
MIRABELLA CHRISTMAS NEON ROPE 38CM TREE: $12.00
Decorative. Bright. Easy to Install
MIRABELLA CHRISTMAS FAIRY LIGHT 200 PACK MULTI COLOUR LED: $17.00
Decorative. Bright. Easy to Install
MIRABELLA CHRISTMAS FAIRY LIGHT MULTI COLOUR LED BLUETOOTH: $49.00
Decorative. Bright. Easy to Install
MIRABELLA CHRISTMAS INFLATABLE SANTA 1.2METRE LED: $35.00
Decorative. Bright. Easy to Inflate
YATES NATURE'S WAY VEGIE & HERB SPRAY 750ML: $14.95
Organic Insecticide. Control for a large array of garden pests & low toxicity.
EARTHCORE 18M AQUAFLOW HOSE: $45.00
MAKITA 36V (18 X 2) LAWN MOWER KIT: $699.00
BONUS Blower Via Redemption* valued at $299
• 430mm. • Includes dual port rapid charger & 2 x 5.0Ah batteries. • DLM431PT2.
*See makita.com.au/redemption for full terms & conditions.
VICTA HAWK CUT & CATCH MOWER: $399.00
• Briggs & Stratton 450E series engine. • Rapid start. • Classic dual blade cutting system.
BOSCH HAND MOWER: $129.00
• 38cm push mower. • 5 - 43Hmm cut. • Includes grass catcher.
BOSCH CORDED LAWN MOWER: $219.00
• Power drive motor. • Double folding handles & stackable grassbox for easy storage.
YARD FORCE 125CC 16" LAWN MOWER: $199.00
• Briggs & Stratton 300 engine. • 45L catcher & 7 height positions. • AU16-BS.
KARCHER K3 FULL CONTROL DECK PRESSURE WASHER: $299.00
• 1800PSI. • 6.3L/min. • 1700W. • Universal motor. • Includes Full Control display trigger gun, 8m hose, PS 20 power scrubber, detergent, vario lance & dirt blaster lance.
JBH Mitre 10 Mona Vale has a wide and extensive range of everything you will need for Garden Preparation this Spring
Johnson Brothers Mitre 10 New Store
73 Bassett Street
Mona Vale - Online Store: Jbhmv.Com.Au
Products advice is available from the trained friendly staff at Narrabeen, Mona Vale and Avalon Johnson Brothers Mitre 10.
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