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The 5 Best Christmas Lights (2022 Review)

Christmas lights are versatile string lights that can brighten any area of your home. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best Christmas lights on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for you and your home. The products included in this article are available at local home centers and online retailers like Amazon.

S20 E5, Heath Eastman installs recessed lights

How to Install Recessed Lighting

Master electrician Heath Eastman installs recessed lights in a homeowner’s playroom.


How to Use LED Lighting

Electrician Scott Caron shows new technologies and applications for LED lighting.


How to Install Outdoor Landscape Lighting

Heath Eastman demonstrates how to install landscape lighting along a garden path. Adding landscape lighting to a walkway or path can improve the look and experience of the area.


How to Fix Flickering Lights in Your House

Ask This Old House Master Electrician Heath Eastman demonstrates a variety of ways to troubleshoot and repair flickering lights.


How to Control Smart Lighting

Ask This Old House home technology expert Ross Trethewey tests out some new smart lighting configurations.


How to Install Deck Rail Lighting

Ask This Old House master electrician, Heath Eastman, installs undermount, LED deck railing lights for a homeowner whose only deck lighting includes a single, bright spotlight.

How to Put in Landscape Lighting

Read this step-by-step guide to learn how to illuminate a walkway by installing landscape lighting.


How to Install Under-Cabinet Lighting and Power

Electrician Scott Caron helps a homeowner upgrade her kitchen with new LED lights and electrical outlets

Bathroom Lighting Guide: Shower and Vanity Lighting

How to select the best lighting for your bathroom by considering types of lighting, fixtures, and layout.


How to Safely Hang Outdoor Christmas Lights

In this DIY Smarts, This Old House Master Electrician Heath Eastman helps a homeowner safely install a variety of Christmas lights.

Front Porch Lights: From A to Z

More than just a beacon leading to the front door, exterior lighting helps define the look of a house. With planning and a bit of math, you can put your home's best face forward.

How to Install Outdoor Garage Lights

A step-by-step guide to lighting the driveway with outdoor garage light fixtures with a motion sensor.

Pro Lighting Tips | 2020 Idea House: Cottage on the Cape

Interior designer Denise Enright tells us what inspired her lighting selections throughout The TOH 2020 Idea House on the Cape.

Velux Sun Tunnel Skylights

Learn how to "live lighter" with this cost-effective, energy-efficient, and simple-to-install skylight option from VELUX.

How to Install Under Cabinet Lighting

Here are step-by-step instructions to get the best kitchen under cabinet lighting for a range of tasks.

10 Electrical Wiring Problems Solved

Do you have an electrical issue you’re looking to fix? Read our guide to learn some common electrical problems you might face, and the best solutions for each.

Buying the Right Light Bulb: Types, Wattage, Lumens & More

Light bulbs. Everyone uses them. And there are plenty of options when it comes to what kinds of light bulbs to use in your home or apartment. Read this guide to learn how to choose the right light bulbs for your home.

Electrician Heath Eastman shows a homeowner how to wirelessly connect more than one light switch.

How to Wirelessly Connect Multiple Light Switches

Ask This Old House master electrician Heath Eastman helps a homeowner connect four separate switches that control six lights in the same room

All About Landscape Lighting

From selecting the best outdoor lights to setting them up, our experts share how to brighten up the outside of your house.

How to Insulate Around Recessed LED Fixtures

Scott Caron offers advice on how to keep your home energy-efficient when using recessed lights


How to Install a Dining Room Chandelier

In this DIY Smarts, Heath Eastman installs a chandelier in a homeowner’s dining room.


How to Install a Gas Lantern

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey travels to St. Louis to install a gas lantern on an original 1890s home in a historic neighborhood.

Home Lighting Essentials

There’s a lot more to know about lighting, particularly for an aging population whose eyes need brighter and better directed light as time passes. In fact, for a large project, hiring a lighting designer is a smart move. Read on for more tips on home lighting.


How to Install an Antique Light Switch

Ask This Old House master electrician Heath Eastman replaces a standard toggle switch with a reproduction antique push button switch to match the rest of the house


Early American Lighting | North Shore Farmhouse

Up in Rupert, Vermont, homeowner Bill shows off handcrafted reproductions of period light fixtures

Are Smart Bulbs the Answer to Your Sleep Problems?

Artificial light has a negative impact on sleeping habits. Here's a solution that might help


How to Switch Basement Lighting

Ask This Old House master electrician Scott Caron helps a homeowner add switching to basement lights that used to be controlled by a pull string


How to Wire for a New Ceiling Light

Ask This Old House electrician Scott Caron installs a new switch and ceiling fixture for a homeowner

5 Creative Design Ideas for Outdoor Lighting

Achieve a magical look in your yard with these nightscaping suggestions

Ask This Old House Know-How: DIY Dimmers

Master Electrician Scott Caron demonstrates how to upgrade to a wireless dimming system to easily adjust lighting schemes throughout the home by remote control

How to Install Undercabinet LED Lighting

Help make meal prep easier and add mood lighting with peel-and-stick tape lined with LEDs