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Decorate Your Home with Lights like a Disney Expert

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

If you’re responsible for millions of holiday lights, you’re going to learn a few tricks. That’s the case with Walt Disney Entertainment lighting designer Mark O’Conner — and he’s sharing some tips for decorating your home.

Mark’s first tip is to use more LED lights. He says the lights last at least 10 years if you treat them well and offer vibrant colors. Also, if you have a big display, you’ll notice a difference in the electric bill. Mark also suggests getting ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) to protect against water or moisture. Here are more tips:

Mark’s final tip is for January — on storing your holiday lights for next year. It’s pretty simple. When you remove light strings, tape the end to a paper towel tube and simply start winding. The process helps prevent the giant ball of lights I’ve faced for so many years.


  • I love Christmas! My favorite holiday for sure… thank you for the great ideas!

  • We invested in LED lights this year. They’re pretty pricey so I’m glad to hear from you that they last a long time! Love the paper towel tube suggestion too! That’s awesome!! Thanks! 🙂

  • I’m going to start saving paper towel tubes now! Great tip!

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