Top Christmas Lighting Trends

Colored Christmas BulbsBrighten everyone’s spirit with this year’s top holiday lighting trends!

It’s that magical time of the year when you start untangling your lights and getting in a festive spirit.  So, are you going to stick with putting your lights up the same way you did last year (and the year before that)?  I’d like to encourage you to make your house merry and bright with this year’s top trend – color.

Colored bulbs, do you remember those?  Over the past several years white (well, technically clear) lights have been the go-to lighting design, but we’re seeing a throwback to traditional multi-colored lights.

Run multicolored lights along your home’s fascia or roof edge.  Spruce up shrubs with color blocks of all red or green.  Illuminate walkways and paths with colorful ground lighting.

If you’re not ready to go with an all-color lighting scheme; just add a pop of color to a tree or shrub.   You’ll find that colored bulbs are more festive and give your home a custom look.   (Bonus landscaping tip:  never put nails in your trees!)

Another lighting option we’re starting to see more of is lighting projectors and spotlights.  This is an easy way to shine holiday cheer on your home.

Finally, give your home extra holiday character with lighted wreaths and ornamentals.  Illuminated large-scale décor adds more dimension to you holiday motif.  Still, I recommend keeping the overall design simple and classy.

You don’t need to go full Griswold to prove that you’re committed to the Christmas spirit!  A tasteful design that incorporates some of this year’s lighting trends will perfectly delight everyone (including Santa).

Remember to follow proper holiday lighting etiquette and take your lights down after January 1, but before January 30.  Don’t be those neighbors!

For do-it-yourselfers, here’s a time-saver:  test your lights before you hang them.  Seems simple, but with all of the holiday to-dos on your mind you may forget this simple first step!

Another pro-tip, string your lights at dusk so you can keep an eye on your design and watch for gaps or any bulbs that are out.

Decorating House with Lights

Professionally trained decorators install a custom Christmas light design.

If you are decorating your home yourself this season, please be careful.  If you don’t want to deal with holiday lighting, but still want a jolly home, enlist a professional holiday lighting company (it’s kind of like having elves of your own).  So, if you’re tight on time and just want the holiday magic with out all of the hassle, we hang Christmas lights!

Wishing you a holiday season that is merry and of course—bright!

Tim Scott is a professional holiday light installer and oversees the Christmas Décor division of Signature Landscapes

Install Christmas lights without stress this year

Save time and aggravation by hiring a local decorator to adorn your home this holiday

There’s nothing like the sight of a beautifully-decorated home with dazzling lights to signal the arrival of the holidays. But, nothing can be more aggravating than that annual chore of hanging the lights, wrestling that old ladder and untangling strand after strand of lights.

If you’re like me, it seems holiday stress tends to rise with over-commitments, over-spending, over-eating, and over-indulging – all done with the hopes of making everything perfect and memorable.  That’s why I recommend letting someone else the climb the ladder, negotiate the roof, handle the electrical, and do the lighting and decorating – so you can achieve a happier and safer holiday season.

Call Tim Scott for help with light installation at 827-5296

Tim Scott, lighting manager for Christmas Décor of Reno sums it up this way, “There are two unspoken rules to hanging lights and decorating. One, whenever you decide to put up the decorations, the weather will turn bad. Two, it will always take longer than you thought.”

“That’s where we come in,” says Tim. “When you recruit help for the lighting and decorating, you know it will be done with attention to every detail because the installation is done to your personal specifications. We’re not done until you’re a smiling Christmas Elf yourself!” he chuckles.

Christmas Decor - Caughin RanchWhen hiring a lighting company like Christmas Decor (managed by Signature Landscapes), you should always check to ensure the company is fully insured and expertly trained. And by trained, a friendly uniformed crew should really understand what it takes to get on your roof, not break a tile or damage the delicate wood fascia, and most importantly how to navigate all types of ladders. Safety is king when it comes to hanging Christmas lights.

On the lighter side, Tim says he’s already received calls for lights and overwhelming requests are for the newer LED lights. “These lights are the strongest and most durable lights you can get and their power savings are 1/100th the energy of larger, traditional bulbs. When you consider how long these thousands of bulbs are powered on each night you will quickly notice the effect of the more efficient LEDs in your NV Energy bill. Plus with the newer technology the bulbs now have that warm glow versus that stark bright neon look from earlier LED products.”

In addition to the installation of your décor, you’ll want to make sure you’re to receive proactive drive-by maintenance, and of course, prompt take-down. Some companies, like Christmas Décor, will store your materials during the off season too.

Installation from start to finish usually takes about 6 hours. This includes wrapping the trees and hanging garland. Some of the larger properties can take much longer depending on the depth of their lighting and decor, so plan ahead and get on the install schedule early.

“Our clients want an impeccably-decorated home,” said Tim.  “Whether entertaining guests, lighting the family home, or creating a warm and welcome environment for business customers, people are discovering that using the services of a professional really lowers stress levels for the holidays.”


Wolf Pack’s Brian Polian lights the Humane Society Tree

It’s official, the Nevada Humane Society’s Lights of Love Tree Lighting ceremony went off without a hitch on Saturday night!

Signature Landscapes’ holiday light division, Christmas Decor was proud to sponsor the inaugural event. Dozens of folks enjoyed live music from the Suzuki Music Association of Reno/Tahoe and tasty hot cider as they waited for the official countdown to the tree lighting.

UNR Wolf Pack Coach Brian Polian and his son were on hand to ‘flip the switch’ of the 16′ tree atop the Humane Society roof. It was a wonderful moment when the tree was lit. Guests were even able to mingle with Wolfie, the Wolf Pack mascot, who graciously mugged it up for the cameras!

Signature Landscapes has been lighting up the Nevada Humane Society for years as part of it’s seasonal sponsorship of the program. Helping pets find warm homes is wonderful thing that impacts families for years and years.

Visit the Humane Society to learn more about their Lights of Love program and have a very Merry Christmas!

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Christmas Decor Lights up the Nevada Humane Society for Lights of Love

The Nevada Humane Society facilities on Longley Lane are getting a total holiday makeover. Christmas Décor by Signature Landscapes has just finished installing over 10,000 lights on the building and trees in an effort to help kick off their 7th Annual Lights of Love community event.

Families are invited to join Nevada Humane Society this Saturday, December 7, for the first ever Lights of Love Holiday Tree Lighting! Featuring children from the Suzuki Music Association of Reno/Tahoe performing traditional holiday carols on violins, this family-friendly event is sure to warm your heart.


Crews lift the tree base to the roof of the Nevada Humane Society

“We love to see our communities sparkling with colorful light and festive displays,” said Steven Fine of Christmas Decor. “What can be more joyous this time of year than the holidays coming alive with the magic of glittering lights while helping our animals find warm homes this winter?”

Live music begins at 4:30pm and UNR Wolf Pack Coach Brian Polian will light the tree at 5pm. Admission is free.

“This exciting event is a great way to kick off the holidays and raise awareness for homeless pets at the same time. As we feel especially connected to those we love around the holidays, our Lights of Love tree is being lit to bring light to those feelings,” said Kimberly Chandler, Communications Manager for Nevada Humane Society. “We also hope to celebrate those pets who are being adopted, and to reach people who are not familiar with our organization so that we may place even more pets into loving homes this holiday season.”

Lights of Love runs through January 1, featuring holiday lights in remembrance and honor of beloved pets. A light may be lit for a $10 donation, which benefits homeless pets at Nevada Humane Society.





A Green Christmas Tree – How Green Is It?

This year, the gap between Thanksgiving and traditional Christmas is a narrow one. Many of us will be hauling out the holiday décor even before we get into turkey day leftovers.

Before you hang the wreath or follow-up on that deal of the week to buy the pre-lit tree, think about greener options that might work for you this year.

Natural or artificial tree?

Cutting down a perfectly shaped Christmas tree to deck out for two weeks and then send to the trash heap sounds like an insult to Mother Nature. Isn’t it logical that using the same artificial tree year in and year out saves trees, keeps debris out of the landfill and is the best way to live green at the holidays? Compelling logic, but there’s more to the story.

Need help with holiday lights or other seasonal landscape chores? Enjoy a professional holiday decoration consultation with our brilliant experts at Christmas Decor! Call us at (775) 827-5296 or visit our Virtual Holiday Showroom at

While a pre-lit tree is tempting, you will go greener with a real tree. Here’s why:

  • An artificial tree must be used for 20 years to have a lower carbon footprint than a natural tree.
  • Grown trees produce oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide the entire time they are growing.
  • One acre of Christmas trees on a farm produces enough oxygen to support 18 people.
  • Trees from tree farms are grown sustainably – for every tree cut down, 2 to 3 more seedlings are planted.
  • Natural trees are recycled by most cities, so they don’t have to end up in the landfill. They are ground into mulch that is used for hiking trails, gardens and other purposes.

Tips for selecting and caring for a natural tree:

  • Pinch and sniff. Pinch a needle to check for freshness. When you smell a rich fragrance, that’s the sign of a fresh tree.
  • Remove a needle and bend it. If it snaps like a carrot, the tree is fresh.
  • Before putting the tree in a stand, cut off at least an inch at the base of the trunk. This new cut will allow the tree to absorb water.
  • Water regularly. The stand for large trees should hold at least one gallon of water. Check the stand daily and refill the water to keep the tree fresh.

Sustainable lighting for trees and garlands
A natural tree doesn’t always work for everyone. So if you still need to get the most out of the artificial tree you already have, make your sustainable step this year to replace worn-out lights with the new LEDs.

Here are good reasons to replace worn out lights with LEDs:

  • Safety: LED lights do not get hot like conventional lights to create a fire hazard or scorch plants.
  • Fewer outlets required: You can string a few dozen strands of LEDS end to end and plug the whole line into one extension cord connected to one power outlet without blowing the circuit.
  • Less power: LEDs use up to 90% less power than conventional holiday lights.
  • Longer life: LEDs last 4-5 times longer than conventional lights.
  • Sustainable facts: LEDs require less energy and because they need to be replaced less often, less material is used over the long term.




This holiday season, Christmas Decor by Signature Landscapes will be bringing a little extra holiday spirit into the homes of military families with its annual Decorated Family Program.

The deadline for nominations is December 11th. Log on nominate a decorated family today: 

With more than 10,000 Nevadans deployed overseas this holiday season, local families across the Truckee Meadows are facing their own challenges of preparing for the holidays without their loved ones. Christmas Décor by Signature Landscapes has stepped in to light up the homes of the families of these brave men and women. Each holiday, Signature Landscapes’ donates products, resources and time to decorate the homes of local military families as part of the Decorated Family Program.


Signature Decorates Soldier’s Home

Video Description: The Christmas Decor by Signature Landscapes team decorated the home of a local military family this season while dad was away in Afghanistan. This video show mom and her two kids coming home with a giant surprise! What a wonderful evening!