For the outdoor lighting lover who likes to get creative in fall, Halloween lighting and decorations are the perfect opportunities. While some homeowners wait until Christmas to roll out their lighting spectaculars, thousands of home lighting artists are spending more and more time creating the perfect spook and spark for Halloween.
As with nearly all electronic devices and options, your choices in lighting can be overwhelming. LED or traditional? Big bulbs or small? What about color choices?
LED technology has revolutionized outdoor and landscape lighting. For the most vibrant colors, energy savings (very important if you’re using thousands of lights!), flexibility, and long-lasting, LED bulbs are the go-to choice for lighting professionals.
Traditional Halloween lights are orange, but there’s no rule that says you can’t use any color you want, especially if you’re doing a synchronized light show. For economical reasons, try to stick with bulb colors that you can interchange between your Halloween and Christmas decorating.
Since the mid-2000s, synchronized lighting has become a major part of those partaking in the battle of decorative holiday lighting. Using special hardware and software, synchronized lights connect to a computer and programmed to match up with the beat and dynamics of a song. This process is extremely time-consuming and most serious synchronized lighting lovers start the process 3 to 6 months ahead of time. Of course, you’ll also have to rig up outdoor speakers and error check the system. For those who are less tech-savvy, “all in one”, ready to go synchronized lighting systems are available, taking out the guesswork for you.
Taking it a step further, some homeowners operate their own radio frequency which plays the music, so you can sit in your car and get a personal show!
In recent years, arguably the most famous Halloween light show (by a homeowner) was in Riverside, California. Over 12,000 lights were used and they were even asked to shut down because it was a “nuisance”!
Spooky Ways to Light up your Home
Feeling inspired to start your own annual lighting traditions? There are so many cool and spooky ways to light up your home, it’s almost hard to decide where to start. Do you want to go scary? Try combining “traditional” Halloween decorations (blood, guts, and gore) with synchronized lighting. Place the lighting in such a way that highlights and accents your scary decorations.
For a simple “all-ages” show, you can’t go wrong a few carved jack-o-lanterns and some orange LED lights in your trees. Hanging pumpkin and ghost lights are popular as well.