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Product Details

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (October 11, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811856372
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811856379
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,522,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Brad Finkle has decorated homes and businesses of the Midwest for two decades, and his displays have won numerous awards.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eric Nagel on October 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
I picked up this book at a book store that was going out of business with 50% off all books. I'm an extreme Christmas light display decorator ([...]), so when I saw a book dedicated to this hobby, I had to have it.

Pros
The tips on how to wrap bushes and trees seem helpful, as are the charts for how many strings of lights you'll need per foot of tree (or sq. feet of bushes).
The 12 displays & how-to are a nice addition to the book and give ideas for your own set-up

Cons
Maybe the edition I was reading was old, but there was no mention of LED lights in the book at all.
Some parts are brushed over, such as how to create wording with rope light, or how to cut rope light (something I've yet to do)
No mention of lights synchronized to music. As this is becoming more and more popular, at least acknowledge it.

Basically, if you've put lights up on your house before, you probably know 80% of what's in this book. If you've never decorated your house before, this book will save you time and headaches as you put up your Christmas display.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PJ on September 2, 2011
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I got this for my extreme lighting husband as sort of a gag gift but he really enjoys flipping through this book. It sits on his nightstand, under the tv remote control, so you know how important it is!
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By Carl B. on February 12, 2014
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If you are just starting out or even just thinking about decorating your house with lights for the holidays, then this is a good place to start. Mr. Finkle goes into depth about all the planning and gadgetry involved with putting up a lighting display. Included are quite a few layouts ranging from a simple display that practically anyone can accomplish to full-on holiday lighting blitzkrieg that perhaps would challenge even a seasoned pro. My reason for purchasing this book was to see if it would contain hints on constructing figures and decor for the yard i,e, wire-frame deer, artificial snowmen, angels, etc. Unfortunately this book assumes that you'll be able to find exactly what you are looking for in a retail outlet or online and does not go into the fabrication of such figures. I'm still keeping my copy of Holiday Hero for all it's great ideas, but will have to search elsewhere for the information that I seek.
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