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How to store LED Christmas lights

How to store LED Christmas lights

When you’re ready to put away holiday decorations until next year, LED lights can save you hassle and money. Since many LED strings feature sealed bulb and socket pieces that keep out water and snow that can short them out, you generally don’t need to worry about checking to see which bulbs have burned out or about throwing away the whole string if one bulb goes bad.

But there’s no getting around the fact that holiday light strings can turn into a tangled rats’ nest in a hurry. So here are some tips we’ve found for storing holiday lights in a way that won’t cause you to pull your hair out next year.

The plastic bag method

Here’s a simple video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkoc32S56RU) that shows an ingenious method for keeping your holiday lights tangle-free using nothing but a plastic shopping bag:

The wrapping paper tube method

Here’s another ingenious idea that recycles wrapping paper tubes. (http://www.ehow.com/video_2369829_keep-christmas-lights-untangled.html) Just cut one in half, stick the outlet plug inside the tube and wrap the light strand around the outside of the tube. Adding a couple of pieces of duct tape to secure the wire at either end seems like a good idea for keeping them tidy.

The cardboard box method

This video seems unnecessarily complicated, but it offers a good way to recycle the cardboard boxes that clutter up your house (http://www.howcast.com/videos/424421-How-to-Store-Christmas-Lights) after the onslaught of gift opening. Take one of the square or rectangular sides of the box, cut notches on opposite ends, and then wind your light strings around, securing them in the notches. It also offers some helpful tips for putting away icicle lights, which can be even more prone to tangling.