What does it cost?
Most customers spend about $400 to $700 on holiday lighting for their homes the first year (cost to purchase the material and the labor to install.) Following years are typically labor costs only, and one can expect to pay $250 to $500. Adding small trees can increase your cost by $100 to $300 per tree, with the following years around $70 to $175. Remember, lights are a commodity, meaning if we put twice as many lights on your house, business, or tree, the cost would double as well. If you are looking 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?
Unfortunately, we’re not charging the same price we did 32 years ago. Our pricing has to increase over time as the cost of materials, insurances, and labor increases. We try to keep our pricing stable for at least three years at a time or longer. We adjusted pricing in 2008, 2013, 2018, and 2021. This last increase has a lot to do with the labor market condition over the past 12 months.
Do you have a minimum?
Yes. Our labor minimum is $250, in order 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 $350 for labor to install and remove 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 house. The reason for this is that not all rooflines are the same. A 2500 square foot rambler is going to have a very different roofline than a two-story with dormers. Price is based on the linear footage of your roofline, and the height and pitch of your roof.
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 $75 to $125 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 to be 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, we would love to help you save and give you a discount! Discounts are as follows:
20% off all labor for jobs installed the first two weeks of October
15% off all labor for jobs installed the last two weeks of October
Do you install permanent lighting or RGB color-changing eve lights?
Yes, we install an American-made LED product called Oelo. Not only is it one of the longest-lasting LED products on the market, but each LED can be replaced independently. This means we can repair our permanent product, adding years to its operating life span, and reducing overall cost. With Oelo you can have fourth of July lights, Easter lights, St. Patty Day lights, and even purple birthday lights. The color options are endless. www.oelo.com
Are permanent lights cost-effective?
Permanent lighting doesn’t last forever. Most permanently installed LEDs will need major repairs or replacement within five to seven years. Other companies may try to fool you into believing “permanent” lights last 10 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 install costs around $3,500 to $10,000.
The average labor on a seasonal Christmas Light installation costs only $300, 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 $2,300 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.