What does it cost?
Most customers spend about $500 to $2,000 on holiday lighting each year. The following years typically have a 15% discount for early booking (by September 15th). Adding small trees can increase your cost by $150 to $300 per tree. Remember, lights are a commodity, meaning if we put twice as many lights on your house, business, or tree, the cost would double. If you want to keep the price down, we recommend not doing all sides of your home. If you want to include trees, smaller trees are always more affordable.
Does the price ever Increase?
Yes, we’re not charging the same price we did 33 years ago. Our pricing increases over time as the cost of materials, insurance, and labor increases, instead of getting behind rising costs and then catching up with a sizable price increase that may catch our customers off guard. We have decided it’s best to do small yearly price increases that mirror the government inflation index.
Do you have a minimum?
Yes. Our labor minimum is $250, to assure that we can give you proper service, including the removal of lights in January, we have to have a minimum labor amount.
The average 2500 square foot newer home runs about $500 – $600 for lights installed on the front roofline of the house. However, the number of lights a roofline may require can vary, regardless of the square footage of a home. The reason for this is that not all rooflines are the same. For example, a 2500-square foot rambler will have a very different roofline than a two-story with dormers. Pricing is based on your roofline footage and the roof’s pitch; it will vary from house to house.
If lights are a commodity and putting double the amount of lights on a tree would cost twice as much, it would make sense that a 12 ft. tree would probably cost twice as much as a 6 ft. tree. Keeping this in mind, smaller (6 ft.) trees always look better and cost less. Smaller trees will run about $85 to $135 in labor (each depending on how heavy they are covered.). Larger trees can be more costly, depending on the number of strands involved. Also, remember that a two-story house averages 28 feet in height. If your tree is the height of your house, it’s at least 28 ft. tall. A 28 ft. tree can cost anywhere from $300 to $2,000, depending on how many lights you want installed.
Would you do my 50 ft. spruce?
We commonly get asked, “Would you do my 50 ft. spruce in my front yard? I have a $250 budget.” Please remember to be reasonable in your request. To get great coverage on this type of tree, you should expect a minimum of $2,000 for the basic to $25,000 for extravagant coverage. A tree like this requires a $400 to $700 lift and is at least a day’s work, if not more.
Do you have discounts?
Yes, we do! If you can help us extend our season by having your lights installed early and on our timetable when installing other jobs in your area, we would love to help you save and give you a discount! Discounts are as follows:
15% off labor for previous customers. Jobs must be prescheduled and a 50% deposit paid by September 15th.
Do you install permanent lighting or RGB color-changing eve lights?
Yes, we install several types of RGB lighting. Since we are an installation company, not a manufacturer, we are less biased about which product will best fit your house and needs. With RGB lighting, you can have July 4th, Easter, St. Patty Daylights, and even purple birthday lights. The color options are endless. However, please remember that RGB lighting is a time-consuming installation process. Because of this, we will not install this product during our Christmas Season (September – March).
Are permanent lights cost-effective?
Permanent lighting doesn’t last forever. Most permanently installed LEDs will need significant repairs or replacement within five to seven years. Other companies may try to fool you into believing “permanent” lights last ten years or more. However, LED lights start to fail at about four years. That means if 200 lights are installed on your house, you could expect to have a few not working by year six or seven. The average permanent installation costs around $3,500 to $10,000.
The average labor on a seasonal Christmas Light installation costs only $350, plus the initial LED material cost of $250. Multiply that seasonal labor cost by seven years (the life expectancy of permanent lights), and the total cost is around $2,500 with the LED product. Seasonally installed Christmas lights are thousands of dollars less than permanently installed lights.
We understand the allure of color options that permanent lights allow. If you are looking for permanent lighting to be installed on your house, please be aware that the cost would be greater than the standard seasonal LED light installation.