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BRIGHT IDEAS FOR HOLIDAY LIGHTING MAGIC


by Jan Reynolds Sylvania Residential Lighting and Color Consultant
The holidays are almost upon us. Now, is the time for buying gifts for family and friends cookies, pies and other goodies to be stored in freezers inside and outside. The Christmas holiday season is usually decorations for the occasion
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and for decorating your home with

for baking

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happy

time-with brightly

trimmed trees, wreaths and special

and lighting can add glamour and accent to these festive days.

One dramatic way of enhancing a holiday display is by flood or spotlighting. Use PAR and reflector
lamps

R-30's and R-40's

to make your decorations really sparkle. Paint

a picture

with lighting.

INDOOR MAGIC

FOCAL TREE LIGHTING For example, try placing three or four flood or spotlights at the base of your tree
use clear or green lamps

toward the ceiling, and see the shadows cast.

aim the lamps

you can

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Trim your tree with silver tinsel and silver balls,


or use gold tinsel and gold balls
glitter.

watch them

MANTET DECORATING

,:,it;: Use the smaller reflector lamp

,rito highlight a particular display on your mantel.


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the R-30

Mount the lamp in a swivel fixture on the ceiling,


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mantel itself, aiming rhe beams upward so rhat they


cross directly above the display. Conceal the swivel sockets by branches of evergreen, princess pine, etc.

of lights the 7C7 type in clear glass, if youwish. Plug the three strings of lights into aportable dimmer unir-one taking 150 wamsand then raise and lower the lighring level of these small bulbs to any degree. They seem to fairly twinkle. Trim the small artificial tree

Take a small artificial tree

white, pink or green

use three strings

withstyrofoamballscoveredwithsequins'StafS,leaves,
etc. Make up your own designs on each of these balls. You might use all gold on a white tree, and perhaps silver on the pink or green rree.

LIGHTING MOBILES FOR SHADONT

EFFECTS

Hang a group of snowflake mobiles in a corner,


and shine a floodlight on rhem, and see what

interesting moving shadows they cast on rhe wall. The heat from the bulbs will cause rhese hanging mobiles to move more rapidly.

ANGET CHOIR DECORATION

Make six conical choir angels of translucent white paper such as vellum or heavy onion skin ...r type, scotch tape them together and place over string of

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colored bulbs (small Christmas tree

size that usually have seven

to a string). Use a

shallow box top (about 72"

7.5"

x 2" deep), poke


use

holes in the box, force socket through, and screw bulb

into socket, cut one slot in back of box cover, and

the 7th bulb of the string in that slot. Tape to under side of cover any excess cording of the string of

lights. Cover box top with aluminum or gold foil. Make a pipe organ by using varying lengths of
mailing tubes covered with gold foil or paper. Place these in back of the box, so they are illuminated by
rhe one small bulb slipped

into the back slot. Try a white bulb here in back, but red, green, blue, bit of color.

etc.

in the box

cover itself to give your angelic choir a

HIGHLIGHTING OTHER DECORATIONS

Of course, there
and spotlights

are many other uses

for

flood

nativity scenes, poinsettia plants, special floral displays, etc. Just use your own ingenuity
highlighting
and imagination. Even the regular

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showcase

bulb

socket and used to illuminate a rustic creche. Located up behind the valance, the bulb and socket

tubular type

can be screwed into a

will be out of sight from the angle of view

in most instances.

OUTDOOR MAGIC

CHRISTMAS HOME "PACKAGE" Make a Christmas package out of your whole house.

Floodlight doorways, shrubbery and trees. Make your home


beam

with light and color

but don't make it gaudy.

"Wrap up" your home for the holidays. Tack a wide

redorgreenoilclothribbontothehouse,andin center of the bow tack alarge pine wreath or a bunch of large colored balls. Floodlight the
entire front with PAR lamps in swivel sockets. Even mount PAR lamps on the side of the roof and silhouette a "Merry Christmas" greeting

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on the top of the roof. The letters of the holiday greeting can be bought at a lumber yard or can
be made out of plywood or styrofoam.

ACCENTING DOORWAYS

Accent your doorway with light

bunch of pine bows and tinsel, an oversized styrofoam candy cane, gay Santa Claus. Use
PAR-3S lamp in a weatheized socket to
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highlight

do the trick.

Try a 100 watt mercury vapor floodlight on youf evergreen tfees


particular and see the beauriful silvery

the blue spruce in

effect that results. No other lamp can actually


achieve this effect. Special outdoor unirs are
necessary

for these mercury vapor lamps because

of the ballast required for operation.

ILLUMINATING COLORFUL CUTOUTS

Cut out a couple of carolers or a smiling


Santa Claus, reindeer, etc.

gay colors

front lawn. Conceal a pair of PAR lamps in


the shrubbery or with branches of evergreen,
and shine the beams of light directly on

and stand them up on your

paint them in

this happy group of cutouts


stand out brightly and

will

also throw long,

they will

interesting shadows on the lawn and house front.

FESTOON StrITH COLORED LIGHTS

Of course, strings of colored outdoor bulbs in


weather resistant sockets can be used around doorways, windows and even on one of your

favorite trees or shrubs to give a festive air to the


outside of your home.
These are only a few ideas for brightening and lightening uP the exterior

of your home during the Yuletide season. Just try some of them.

SAFETY HINTS Don't neglect your wiring and electrical equipment. Check your cords. Make sure they're not frayed or split. Check plugs to be certain the1,'1s not loose. Be sure your light sources are properly located so that heat from these various lamps won't cause a fire.

All cords, sockets and plugs,


so that they

as well as the bulbs, must be weatherproof when used out-of-doors,

will operate properly and safely on snowy and rainy days. Connections should be above the ground. You can use a portable power outlet which comes equipped with a gro.,rri spike and
usually has two or three weatherproof outlets.

If you have any questions about outdoor wiring

equip-

ment, check with your local electrician, utility or power company.

BASIC LAMPS AND FIXTURES FOR HOLIDAY TIGHTING

Indoor and outdoor types for a wide variety of decorating - applicailons.

STRINGS O

SYLVANIA PROJECTOR LAMPS Floodlite and spotlite types of "hard" primatily for outdoor use. 75 glass

SYLVANIA TUBULAR INCAN-

- watt sizes. and 150

DESCENT LAMP. In 25 and 4o watt sizes. Permits concealed lighting in narrow spaces where regular incandescent bulbs would be exposed.

most practical for home use.

SYLVANIA REFLECTOR LAMPS For indoor use. Floodlite and sporlite types. 75. 100 or 150 watt sizes are

SYLVANIA MERCURY LAMP The 100 wart BT-25 Standard Clear


lamp gives beautiful silvery effec on evergreens. Use outdoors in enclosed weatherproof fixture.

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PORTABLE FLOODLIGHT FIXTURES. Flat base and spear base types which permit adjustment of light beams in desired direction.

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