Hanging Christmas Lights From Gutters

By Todd Fratzel on Electrical, Siding & Trim

Christmas Lights Attached To Gutters

Christmas Lights On Colonial Style HomeAttaching Christmas lights to your home can be quite simple if you use the correct approach. There are quite a few light holders on the market that make it very easy to attach your Christmas lights to gutters, roof shingles, siding and even fences. Most of the Christmas Light Clips are generic and allow you to hang the lights from many different types of materials.

We really like using plastic light holders/clips because they securely hold the lights in place without damaging your home. In the old days folks used to nail, screw and staple lights to the trim of their home. Today, there simply isn’t a need to resort to those methods with all the generic plastic light holders being sold.

Easy Installation

Christmas Light HoldersInstalling the light holders on gutters and roofs is really easy. The clips either snap over the top of the gutters front edge or you can slip the plastic holder under the edge of the shingles (it’s held in place by friction). There is a secondary clip that holds the string of lights.  Most of the light holders will work with all kinds of Christmas lights including C7 and C9, mini, icicle, rope, specialty and LED’s.


If you’re planning on installing Christmas lights on your home this year we want you to be very careful. Each year there are countless injuries caused by people falling off ladders while hanging Christmas decorations. Be sure you use a ladder rated for the use and be sure to follow proper ladder safety precautions.

About the author

Todd Fratzel

I'm full time builder for a large construction company in New Hampshire. I run their design-build division that specializes in custom homes, commercial design-build projects and sub-divisions. I'm also a licensed civil and structural engineer with extensive experience in civil and structural design and home construction. My hope is that I can share my experience in the home construction, home improvement and home renovation profession with other builders and home owners. I'm also the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Tool Box Buzz. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, suggestions or you'd like to inquire about advertising on this site.

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1 Comment

  1. Mark says:

    Hey Todd, great article. I would like to mention that there is a pretty good variety of clips out there on the market. Some are definitely easier to use than others and are a lot more versatile in how they can be applied. The easiest way to figure out what would be the best for your situation would be to get down to Target or something similar. Check out the clips they have in stock and see what is suitable. I have seen some Christmas light installer use the actual clips on the bulb sockets. These also vary a lot as well. So check things out, do some research and it will make your life that much easier round the busy season!!

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