THE festive season brings with it many fun and exciting occasions, and these include Christmas light displays.
The Rivertown Times went exploring to find out what goes into these great decorations and some handy hints for next year. Laetitia Simons and Nev Woods, of Bottlebrush Cresc, Evans Head, said the best lights for the job are LEDs which shine brighter using less power.
"I would definitely recommend people get LED lights for their decorations," Mr Woods said.
"They don't have as many faults and use only 10% of power. They also shine brighter than other bulbs."
Danielle and David Turner of Little Pitt St, Broadwater said safety was always a priority.
"To make sure decorations are safe, we tape down leads so no one trips and also bag the power plugs to make sure they don't come into contact with water," Ms Turner said.
Rosemary and Don Larnach, of Rosewood Pl, Evans Head, said Christmas lights can be an expensive hobby, so building up a collection of lights and only turning them on for a few hours each night saves money.
"We have had our lights for four or five years, so we have quite the collection," Ms Larnach said.
"We only turn our lights on for two hours a night to maintain the power bill."
While Christmas lights are only around once a year, there is a lot of work in setting them up.
"We spent about three weeks setting up our whole house, it is a big effort but the children love it," Ms Turner said.