Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to have any electrical background to install the lights myself?
Absolutely not, we have designed our lights to be completely plug and play. There are no wires to manually cut, connect or solder. All our connections to the controller, extension cables and lights use screw type weather proof connectors. Each kit comes with a variety of extension cable lengths to make sure you always have the right cable for the job. Make sure you check with local electrical inspector in your area before installing to see if a permit is required in your area.
What tools do I need to install the lights on my home and is it hard to do?
It is very easy to install and there is a large video library of how-to videos to help guide you through the installation process. The tools required would be a ladder, tape measure, speed square, screwdriver and tin snips.
Is your product certified?
Yes! All our lights and connectors are cULus certified for Canada and the USA. Our power supply and controller are ETL certified.
Can I have someone install my lights for me?
Yes, although our kits are meant to be DIY you can easily purchase the kit and have your local electrician install them.
Do I need a permit to install the lights myself?
Maybe, in most areas of Canada and a few areas in the USA a homeowner's permit may be required to install the lights on your house. Make sure you check with your local electrical inspector to find out if a permit is required.
Can I use ShowHome DIY holiday lights throughout the year?
Definitely! Our permanent holiday lights are built-to-last. You can use our lights for birthday celebrations, family reunions, tournament nights, home gatherings, and all kinds of other events. Or simply use them as everyday architectural lighting with the ability to choose which lights you want on in the evenings and set them on a recurring timer.
Approximately how much electricity do they consume?
Show Home utilizes the most energy-efficient LED technology available. If you had 150 lights on for 6hrs/day, 365 days/year you would only use ~$29 of power per year.r. ShowHome's permanent outdoor lights use 10 times less energy and last 10 times longer than incandescent lights
Is it possible to have a warm or soft white?
Yes! Every light has a separate Soft white 3000K led that can be used alone for architectural lighting or mixed with the RGB lights to make a cooler brighter white. This uses much less power than using the RGB led to mix a soft white color.
Are permanent LED Christmas lights worth it?
Installing Christmas lights you can leave up all year is an excellent way to cut costs while also improving the appearance of your home. There are so many customizable ways to use your lights that you’ll find ways to use them year round.
Is it okay if the lights get wet?
Our lights are UL and IP68 rated, which means they can be completely submerged in water. We even put them in ice to demonstrate how durable they are.
Are bugs drawn to your lights?
Since our permanent holiday lights don't produce as much heat or UV light as other types of lighting, bugs are less likely to be drawn to them.
How long do ShowHome permanent Christmas lights last?
ShowHome Lighting is rated for 50000 hours of use! That's the same as leaving them on for almost 6 years running, or if you ran them for 6hrs per day they would last around 23 years.
How much do they cost?
The pricing of a ShowHome DIY led Christmas lights varies depending on the size of the structure you will be installing them on. Check out our product page to see your price based on how many feet you will need.
Can I start with a smaller part and gradually add lights?
Absolutely. Because our programmable LED Christmas lights are customizable, parts can be added or removed at any moment. Permit may be required in your area to alter the lights. Please check with local building inspector.
How do they look during the daytime?
ShowHome's innovative channel system matches the roofline to conceal cables from view. They keep the lights in place and are barely noticeable during the daytime.