April 16, 2019

If you’ve hung Christmas lights on your house before, you’ve probably gone out to the hardware store and grabbed some clips like these, and hung your lights off of your gutters or shingles.

Pretty simple, right? And they work great for traditional Christmas lights that have a “bulb” inside of a clear glass tube which can hang in pretty much any direction.

These clips, however, present some challenges when working with pixels. Since most pixels can only been viewed directly from about a 120-degree range, we’ve got to get them pointed in the right direction, and these clips don’t really cut it!

Further, these clips generally coax the lights to point downwards, with the wires up. On pixels, where the wire enters the light is the most likely point to get water intrusion, so we want to avoid this as well.

So How Do I Hang Christmas Light Pixels on My House?

On Your Roof Line

Traditional Christmas lights are often hung from the roofline of your house. We can do the exact same thing with pixels,  but it’s going to look a little bit different.

For this solution and most of the solutions in this article, we will turn to Boscoyo Studios. This post is in no way sponsored by them, I just like their stuff.

Boscoyo makes a variety of different options for mounting your pixels so that they face outwards, towards your audience.

One such product are their icicles, which allow you to use  regular pixels in an icicle pattern.

You can also use their ChromaTrim to make a nice house outline that easily mounts to 1/2″ heavy-duty PVC pipe or even better EMT conduit!

The great thing about both of these (and most if not all Boscoyo products), is that once you load your pixels once, you can leave them loaded in the product for storage and future displays. It’s really quick the 2nd time you use them!

On Horizontal and Vertical Parts of Your House

On the horizontal parts of your house, Boscoyo ChromaTrim also wins.

It’s great for window outlines and anything else horizontal that you really want the highlight.

For vertical lines of lights, gravity is our friend. Boscoyo has an even less expensive product, called “pixel mounting strips“.

These allow you to quickly and easily punch in pixels at your favorite pixel pitch and then can be mounted vertically via a variety of methods ( depending on the structure of your exterior.)

My 2018 Display
Boscoyo strips on my vertical columns.

For example, I used this last year on my display to light the columns on my front porch! I simply zip-tied them to PVC pipes with 4″ zip ties at the top and bottom, and they were good to go for the whole season.

You can then hang your PVC pipes with clips like this.

Some folks elect to build their own version of this using PVC pipes and drilling holes in them. This does save some cost, but I don’t mind the look of the Boscoyo strips, and they really don’t cost much, so I stick with them!

Think Outside “The Box” With Props

Last but not least, props can be used to hold pixels in a variety of ways.

Companies like Boscoyo Studios make a variety of props that allow you to insert pixels and get the shape of a tree, a snowman, or many other characters or symbols.

But you don’t have to buy props from a prop maker!

You can make them yourself as well!

Many hobbyists use discounted items from after-Christmas sales and retrofit them with pixels.

Other folks use regular pieces from the hardware store, to make up their own pixel holders, such as the “Peace Pixel Stake”. Really, the possibilities are endless.

While mounting pixels isn’t quite as straightforward as traditional Christmas lights, there are a lot of great options to do some really cool things.

As you plan out your display, be sure to think about not only where you’re going to put your lights, but also how you’re going to mount them. Then, you’ll be ready to have a great season this Christmas!

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