How Much Does a Professional Holiday Light Hanger Cost?

Alexandra Frost
Written by Alexandra Frost
Updated January 20, 2022
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Hiring a professional holiday light hanging service around the holidays can take a complex and potentially dangerous chore off your to-do list so you can focus on what matters most. This type of service typically averages $218 to $649

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It’s the holiday season, and the last thing you want to do is attempt to climb on a slippery ladder or your snowy roof to hang endless amounts of holiday lights. We get it. Instead, you can hire a professional holiday decorating company to take care of this challenging and potentially dangerous job for you. Instead of worrying about whether you will be causing an electrical fire with a half-hazard lighting job, you can stay inside and enjoy the holidays. Professional light hanging will cost an average of $413, with a typical range of $218 to $649 depending on various factors, including the area you live, the extent of your project, and how difficult it will be for contractors to complete.

How Much Does It Cost to Install Holiday Lights per Foot?

One way contractors determine the cost of your project is to measure and estimate the linear footage of your home, accounting for rooftops, roof edges, trees, and yards. Typically, professional contractors charge between $1.25 and $3 per linear foot, which most likely includes everything but the lights. This includes installation, removal, and sometimes maintenance during the agreed-upon time frame they are on display. Contractors may charge more or less per foot depending on how difficult the area is to access. For example, lining a driveway might cost much less than lighting a rooftop. Costs can increase by 20% for more dangerous jobs because they require special equipment such as extended height ladders. If you purchase your lights, you can assume they will also cost $0.50 to $2 per foot, depending on the type of bulbs you choose. Therefore, the products and installation together will cost $1.75 to $5 per linear foot.

How Much Does It Cost to Install Holiday Lights Near You?

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Regions may vary across the country regarding the costs of hanging holiday lights through a professional decorating service. This is because wages can differ across states, impacting labor costs and affecting your total installation cost. In addition, material costs can be different depending on your location.

Midwest (i.e., Cincinnati, Ohio)$515
Northeast (i.e., New York City)$344
Northwest (i.e., Portland, Oregon)$402
Southwest (i.e., Phoenix, Arizona)$1,933
Southeast (i.e., Miami, Florida)$781

Comparing quotes across multiple companies in your area can help to gauge a fair, average rate for your specific city.

This is one project you may love to DIY if hanging holiday lights is something you enjoy and safely know how to do, but it may not be a good idea depending on your physical abilities and the structure of your home. In addition, it can cost money to purchase specialized supplies necessary for this job that you may not find economical to own and store throughout the rest of the year, such as an extendable height ladder.

The cost to install lights yourself is simply the time and cost of the lights themselves. The lights cost $0.50 to $2 per foot, and you might find them cheaper at discount stores. This can add up to around $80 to $300 on average, or $4 to $30 per strand, as most strands have about 100-200 bulbs. You might need up to 20 strands to cover a 1,000-2,000 square foot home. In addition, a tall ladder can start at around $250 and cost up to $800. Note that these light strand costs will also impact you if you decide to use a professional decorator who asks that you purchase the lights yourself.

In addition to the lights, you may consider the potential costs of having an electrician set up the necessary electrical wires, adding extension cords and stakes if needed. Electricians can cost between $50 to $100 per hour, and the total cost will depend on the extent of the work required to accommodate your lighting decorations through safe power sources. While this might be a cost you only need the first year, if you are going to DIY your holiday lights every year afterward, you may not need to pay for it each additional year.

What Factors Influence the Cost of Hiring a Professional to Hang Holiday Lights?

The types of lights you choose can impact the overall cost, and four major types of lights are available for both a DIY decorating job or professional use.

Cost comparison for 4 types of holiday lighting, with LED ranging from $6 to $25

Incandescent Lighting

This type of lighting averages $4 to $10 per strand and is a traditional type of lighting, often in white or cream but available in a variety of colors. They cost the least upfront but tend to cost more in energy usage, and you may find they burn out more quickly than more expensive and higher-quality options.

LED Lighting

LED lighting gained popularity by being brighter, more eco-friendly (by using less energy), and more long-lasting than incandescent lighting. That’s why these are more expensive, averaging $6 to $25 per strand.

Dome Lighting

Dome lights are more round than other types, creating a softer, illuminated look. Some people opt for these for landscape lighting and other large areas. They range from $5 to $15 per strand.

C9 Lighting

This type of holiday lighting has fewer total bulbs on a strand, meaning you may need more to cover a large area. Available in bright and vibrant colors, C9 lighting is a fan favorite for a traditional and well-lit installation and ranges from $10 to $30 per strand.

What Other Projects Should I Do at the Same Time?

If you are already getting out a large ladder and spending time on or near the roof, consider checking out your gutters to see if any fall leaves need to be removed. Not only will this improve water flow away from the house, but it will prevent potential fire hazards from crispy leaves located near your holiday lights.

In addition, if you are already having an electrician come to your house, you can have them do a full electrical inspection or replace outlets with GFCI outlets, which can be safer for larger lighting decoration projects. You may find yourself using these outlets throughout the year anyway and will benefit from the safety and reassurance of an electrical system inspection.


Who is the best candidate for hiring a holiday light installation professional?

People who are physically unable to hang their own lights due to injury or potential safety hazards might be better off leaving this task to a professional, especially if you hope to light up high places such as the roof. In addition, those who are unsure of their ability to assess their electrical system properly might want to have a professional check it to ensure safety. Finally, if you will not be able to repair or maintain your holiday lighting through the season, some professionals include this type of repair as part of their rates and packages.

When should I consider installing my own holiday decorations?

If you only need strands in safe and easy-to-reach locations and are sure of your electrical system, you can probably purchase and install lights yourself. To do this, carefully test your outlets to ensure there aren’t any sparks or other concerning issues. Your budget might also influence this decision, as going the DIY route can be significantly cheaper.

Which types of lights are best for my project?

This is based on personal preference, budget, and the vibe you are going for with your holiday lighting. If you are looking for the cheapest option, incandescent lights are a budget-friendly choice. You can also opt for sheets of lights that cover areas such as trees and bushes for easier installation.

What safety concerns should I keep in mind when considering a holiday lighting project?

If you are hiring a professional to go on your roof to hang lights, ensure you have a safe environment for them to work on, and there aren’t any items such as logs, build-up of yard materials, missing or damaged shingles, and weak areas on the roof. If you need a roof replacement, consider decorating another area. Communicate any known electrical issues with contractors at the beginning of the project as well, and consider hiring an electrician to fix those. Finally, if you are attempting the project yourself, do so when there isn’t any rain, and you can safely get your footing on the roof using proper equipment such as an extension ladder. Don’t attempt this alone, and have a helper nearby to assist.

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