• Ideas: Light spheres in a Christmas tree

    Roslyn Lit Evergreen Tree

    This is a 55′ Christmas tree we lit in the Osborne Village neighborhood of Winnipeg. It’s a fantastic look with the uber-bright C9 Retrofit LEDs hung in a custom white/blue pattern.

    We’re very proud of this tree. I began thinking though, if we wanted to make it even better, how would we do it?

     

    Roslyn-Lit-Evergreen-Tree-w-spheres

    Just like you would hang decorations in your indoor Christmas tree, lit decorations such as spheres are certainly an option in your outdoor tree. Same would go for a star (or angel) on top. With a bucket truck things like this are possible.

    What do you think? I really, really want to do one of these. This would be a stunning tree that would find its way on to many Christmas light sightseeing tours.

  • Top 4 Reasons to Install your Christmas Lights in October

     

     

     Lindenwoods house with sign

    Installing Christmas lights for our clients last week was like a breath of warm, 18-degree Celsius, fresh, Winnipeg air. I like putting up lights anytime during the season (I’m apparently a little odd) but it’s a special treat in October.

    But it’s not just good for myself and the crews – it’s a win-win for our clients as well. Here are a few of the reasons:

    Jon Tree Bucket Truck Summer

    1. Safety

    Ice is slippery. Snow hides things. Roads don’t work as good in winter. Even in an environment of ice and snow, our crews can rest assured that they have the right tools, materials, and, usually, beards for the job. But in the warmer October weather they still have all those things plus few, if any, impediments in their environment. Work can be done more comfortably, with fewer distractions, and more daylight. It’s certainly preferred.

    2. Quality

    Quality is always #1 for our company when it comes to Christmas lights or anything else. That said, we like to go the extra mile often on jobs and a wise man once said that a happy worker does good work… or something like that. It’s why whenever I hire workers for my house, I buy the Tim’s. Installing in sweater weather is even better than a double-double for a Christmas light installer.

    3. Lower Prices

    Because of the two points above, we have started offering discounts to our clients for booking early and getting their lights installed before October 21st. A 10% discount on labor usually means between $20 and $50 off, which we feel is a respectable discount. Good for us, good for you. Additionaly, I’ve looked back over the years at my Christmas estimates (and I’ve given quite a few of them…) and I have the tendency to quote a little lower in general in September/October compared to when our schedule is nearly full and I start to get stressed out in November 🙂

     4. Guaranteed Scheduling

    We always fill up our prime install weeks. I think it’s best to get your lights installed properly and early and be ahead of the game. Somehow people seem less enthused about installing lights in mid-December….

     

    The drawbacks? I really can’t see any. Most of our clients get their lights installed early and just wait to turn them on when they are ready. By installing in October you get the best possible job at the best possible price, too. An all-around good idea.

  • Lights at Barge Fest 2014

    Barge Fest 2014

    What on earth does Lights Unlimited have in common with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, JUNO Award-winning musicians Chic Gamine, and a denim-wearing, bearded men’s choir?

    We were all at Prairie Barge Festival 2014 – as were many of you.

    Barge Fest is a fantastic cultural event held each year in Winnipeg at The Forks with the WSO and many other musicians performing literally on the Assiniboine river by means of a giant floating wooden barge. It’s a great event and I highly recommend checking it out next year.

    If you checked it out this year, you may have noticed our outdoor light spheres setting the mood. We installed 14 light spheres among a cluster of Poplar trees above a public sitting area for the concert, stage right from the performance area. Varying sizes of spheres was best we felt so we chose spheres between 10″ and 24″ in diameter. Warm white lights were used to best fit with the star and moon feel of the natural setting. The final look was very nice and may become a regular feature at The Forks.

    One thing we decided to do a little differently was suspend the spheres from ultra-thin aluminum wire which we string from tree to tree. This was to create the effect of the spheres floating in mid air and not necessarily tied to a tree. This will be an option we keep in mind for future outdoor events or weddings.

    The only change I would make on this one is to add just a few more spheres. Hopefully can do more of these.

A pleasure to deal with, we could not be more pleased

We've been so impressed with the friendly service, attention to detail and professionalism that we've received from Lights Unlimited. They're reliable, offer fair and consistent pricing from year to year and are a pleasure to deal with, we could not be more pleased to have found them and highly recommend their services.

Lisa and Chris Young, East St. Paul

2016-11-12T15:33:58+00:00

Lisa and Chris Young, East St. Paul

We've been so impressed with the friendly service, attention to detail and professionalism that we've received from Lights Unlimited. They're reliable, offer fair and consistent pricing from year to year and are a pleasure to deal with, we could not be more pleased to have found them and highly recommend their services.

Very responsive to questions/concerns

We've had our Christmas lights installed by [Lights Unlimited] for the last 3 years and have been really pleased with their work. They have always provided great customer service, very responsive to questions/concerns and make the entire process super easy. Would highly recommend them!

Claudia B., Winnipeg

2016-11-12T15:37:07+00:00

Claudia B., Winnipeg

We've had our Christmas lights installed by [Lights Unlimited] for the last 3 years and have been really pleased with their work. They have always provided great customer service, very responsive to questions/concerns and make the entire process super easy. Would highly recommend them!

Always punctual, courteous, and organized

Lights Unlimited is great! I would recommend them to anyone who doesn't want the hassle of purchasing and hanging their own Christmas lights! Their staff is always punctual, courteous, and organized. They do an excellent job!

Vickie H., Whyte Ridge

2016-11-12T15:47:18+00:00

Vickie H., Whyte Ridge

Lights Unlimited is great! I would recommend them to anyone who doesn't want the hassle of purchasing and hanging their own Christmas lights! Their staff is always punctual, courteous, and organized. They do an excellent job!

I’ve been a customer of Lights Unlimited since 2012 and every year since

I've been a customer of Lights Unlimited since 2012 and every year since, my house receives many compliments on the Christmas lights. I have been very happy with the service and attention to detail. Mike and Terrell and their crew provide professional service and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them.

Debbie S., Charleswood

2016-11-12T15:48:13+00:00

Debbie S., Charleswood

I've been a customer of Lights Unlimited since 2012 and every year since, my house receives many compliments on the Christmas lights. I have been very happy with the service and attention to detail. Mike and Terrell and their crew provide professional service and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them.

Outstanding work

Outstanding work guys. The bridge looks great and I am receiving lots of positive feedback.

Paul Jordan, COO
The Forks Renewal Corp.

2016-11-12T15:49:24+00:00

Paul Jordan, COO
The Forks Renewal Corp.

Outstanding work guys. The bridge looks great and I am receiving lots of positive feedback.

Always a pleasure

It is always a pleasure to see the wonderful job you guys do.

Denise S., Headingley, MB

2016-11-12T15:50:14+00:00

Denise S., Headingley, MB

It is always a pleasure to see the wonderful job you guys do.

Creative ideas, enthusiasm and flexibility

Mike and the team at Lights Unlimited are great to work with. They have supported and been a valuable asset to the Barre After Hours event for the part two years. Their creative ideas, enthusiasm and flexibility are always appreciated. The effort they put in comes through in an outstanding final product and their support of local events is commendable.

Devan Graham, Winnipeg

2016-11-12T15:51:11+00:00

Devan Graham, Winnipeg

Mike and the team at Lights Unlimited are great to work with. They have supported and been a valuable asset to the Barre After Hours event for the part two years. Their creative ideas, enthusiasm and flexibility are always appreciated. The effort they put in comes through in an outstanding final product and their support of local events is commendable.

Terrific!

Your team just left. They were terrific! Very nice young men. Very good at what they did and great ambassadors for you and your company.

Bill G., St. James, Winnipeg, MB

2016-11-12T15:51:58+00:00

Bill G., St. James, Winnipeg, MB

Your team just left. They were terrific! Very nice young men. Very good at what they did and great ambassadors for you and your company.

Very courteous and understanding and listen to what you want as a customer

We have had Lights Unlimited put up our Christmas lights for a few years now. We absolutely love their work! We live in an area where the winds are very strong and require the lights to be secured to the trees. They make sure they are secured!
They are very courteous and understanding and listen to what you want as a customer. Every year I look forward to their email telling me it’s time for the lights and every year I tend to add more lights as I love the work they do and of course I love lights!!

We’ve had a lot of compliments on how straight the lights are on the house and how beautiful it all looks. Thank you Mike and Terrell!! You and your crew are fantastic!!

Susi Neault, St. Andrews, MB

2016-11-12T15:52:52+00:00

Susi Neault, St. Andrews, MB

We have had Lights Unlimited put up our Christmas lights for a few years now. We absolutely love their work! We live in an area where the winds are very strong and require the lights to be secured to the trees. They make sure they are secured! They are very courteous and understanding and listen to what you want as a customer. Every year I look forward to their email telling me it’s time for the lights and every year I tend to add more lights as I love the work they do and of course I love lights!! We’ve had a lot of compliments on how straight the lights are on the house and how beautiful it all looks. Thank you Mike and Terrell!! You and your crew are fantastic!!

Lights Unlimited has become a tradition in our household!

Lights Unlimited has become a tradition in our household! Each fall we eagerly anticipate the crew to come put up our lights! Their friendly efficient staff creates a vision of lights second to none. We know spring has arrived when that same great crew comes and takes our lights down!

Jacquie Derewianchuk

2016-11-12T15:54:02+00:00

Jacquie Derewianchuk

Lights Unlimited has become a tradition in our household! Each fall we eagerly anticipate the crew to come put up our lights! Their friendly efficient staff creates a vision of lights second to none. We know spring has arrived when that same great crew comes and takes our lights down!

We love their professionalism and highly recommend them to everyone!!

Lights Unlimited has been our Christmas light specialists for years! 3 different homes in the city, and with each move, they have done an exceptional job. Always very organized with installation and removing the lights each year. We love their professionalism and highly recommend them to everyone!! Cheers!!

Tammy and Mike Keane 

2016-11-12T15:55:10+00:00

Tammy and Mike Keane 

Lights Unlimited has been our Christmas light specialists for years! 3 different homes in the city, and with each move, they have done an exceptional job. Always very organized with installation and removing the lights each year. We love their professionalism and highly recommend them to everyone!! Cheers!!