How to Hang Christmas Lights on Gutters

Hanging Christmas Lights on Gutters

The holiday season is one of the most exciting times of the year. A time when we all look forward to spending time with family and friends while creating memories that will last a lifetime. And adding Christmas lights to your home is one of the best ways to create those memories.

So let’s talk about how to hang Christmas lights on your gutters.


Hanging Christmas Lights on Gutters How to Hang Christmas Lights on Gutters


Before you begin any project, you need to start with a plan. Then you can proceed with everything else.


Start by designing and mapping out how you want your display to look. This is the only way to determine how many lights, gutter clips, and extension cords you might need. You can do this by taking a picture of your home or drawing a sketch of what you want your lights and other decorations to look like.


You will need to know how much distance your lights will need to cover so you know how many to purchase. So measure the different areas according to your design and purchase the number of strands of Christmas lights needed for each area based on your measurements.

  • To calculate the number of lights you’ll need to decorate your home, measure the length of your gutters to determine the distance your light strands will need to cover.
  • For peaked roofs, you will use the same rule except you should add five feet or so to your number. This is to allow for slack and the neutral plug end of the cord.
  • For pillars and round areas where you intend to wrap the light strands around the pillar, it’s best to measure the distance with a flexible measuring tape just as you would like your lights to be displayed. This will give you the exact length your light strands will need to be.
  • For trees and bushes, you will need about 100 Christmas lights for every 18 inches in height. You will also need to remember to buy enough extension cords to power the area you are going to cover.

Test Your Lights

Before you go any further, test your lights from the ground to make sure they all work before hanging them. Additionally, trash any Christmas lights strands that are frayed or damaged. You don’t want to cause a fire by using old and damaged lights.

Purchase Your Mount Gutter Clips

Mount gutter clips are great for Christmas lights. They have a clip on one end that will hook onto most gutters, and they are inexpensive to boot.



Should I Use Vertical or Horizontal Light Clips for Christmas lights?

Christmas light clips come in vertical and horizontal options. Which one you choose to use will depend on which way you want your lights to hang. However, some gutter clips can face either direction, while others are only capable of hanging in one direction. So pay attention to that when you go to purchase your gutter clips.

HOT TIP: Most Christmas light clips can be used for gutters and shingles. That means you might be able to use the same light clips for both.



Christmas garland lights circle around electric extension cord

Installing Your Light Strands While Properly Positioning Your Extension Cords

You will start by putting the first bulb from the male end of the light strand on a corner of your house that has an electrical outlet below it. Then you will place your lights along the gutter using the gutter clips as you go. Once you have that row of lights placed along your gutter, attach an extension cord that is made for the outdoors and plug the male end of the strand into it. After that, all you have to do is plug your extension cord into a GCFI electrical outlet on the exterior of your home.

But wait…

What if you have gutter guards?


How to Hang Christmas Lights if You Have Gutter Guards

Gutter guards are fantastic, but they can sometimes prevent you from being able to hang your Christmas lights. Here are a few workarounds for hanging Christmas lights if you have gutter guards.

  • Purchase some high-quality adhesive light clips and affix them to the front surface of your gutters.
  • Purchase Christmas light hangers that are specifically made for your type of gutter guard. For example, they make thin hooks that will work with most perforated or mesh gutter guards.
  • You can also use shingle clips for this as well if you have asphalt shingles. All you have to do is slide the tab up under the last shingle along your roof line.


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