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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?
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
— Rachel Stone (@arghstone) August 31, 2014
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.
— The Forks (@TheForks) August 30, 2014
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.
Lisa and Chris Young, East St. Paul
Claudia B., Winnipeg
Vickie H., Whyte Ridge
Debbie S., Charleswood
Paul Jordan, COO
The Forks Renewal Corp.
Denise S., Headingley, MB
Devan Graham, Winnipeg
Bill G., St. James, Winnipeg, MB
Susi Neault, St. Andrews, MB
Tammy and Mike Keane