Can I store Christmas lights in the attic?

Can I store Christmas lights in the attic?

Such a simple question.

Short answer: No.

Long answer: No, it's way too hot. During 100+ degree weather, the temperature inside the attic can reach up to 20 degrees above the outdoor temps. If the heat weren't bad enough, in cooler months varmits with teeth can eat through wiring.

Christmas lights are a festive way to decorate your home for the holidays, but they can be damaged if stored improperly. One of the worst places to store Christmas lights is in the attic. Attics are often hot and humid, which can cause the plastic and electrical components of Christmas lights to deteriorate over time. LED lights are especially susceptible to heat damage. Additionally, attics can be home to pests, which can chew on the wiring of Christmas lights, causing them to malfunction or even start a fire next season.

An interior storage closet with a constant temperature is the best place to store Christmas lights - both mini lights strings and C7/C9 bulbs and cords. But if you must store your Christmas lights in the attic, be sure to do so in a sealed plastic container. Only store them in the attic if it has been properly insulated and cooled with venting. This will help to protect them from the heat, humidity, and those pests. You should also inspect your Christmas lights before each use to make sure that they are in good condition and that there are no visible signs of damage.

Here are additional tips for storing Christmas lights properly:

  • Clean your Christmas lights thoroughly after use. This will help to remove any dirt, debris, or insects that may have accumulated on them.
  • Allow your Christmas lights to dry completely before storing them.
  • Wrap your Christmas lights loosely around a cardboard tube or reel. This will help to prevent them from getting tangled.
  • Store your Christmas lights in a sealed plastic container in a cool, dry place.
  • Inspect your Christmas lights before each use to make sure that they are in good condition.

By following these tips, you can help to extend the lifespan of your Christmas lights and keep them safe from damage.