3 Questions For a Professional Holiday Lights Installer

Ben Richardson of Stella Lights shares some stories about installing holiday lights on Calgary homes.

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Professional holiday lighting installation is becoming big business in Calgary. Stella Lights’ Ben Richardson shares some stories from his end of the ladder.


1. Is November too early to put up your lights?

This year, we started our installs in the second week of September. People don’t need to turn their lights on right away, so we take advantage of the good weather in the earlier months.


2. Do you get people asking for National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation-level displays?

We do trees up to 35 feet tall and some of those get pretty elaborate. We have also put lights up for people participating in local community competitions, and we know that some houses have won a couple of competitions with lights we’ve installed.


3. Is there anything you won’t put a string of lights on?

We say on our website that we’ll even decorate your dog, so there’s not much we won’t do. The only thing we turn down are trees that are too big or are so close to houses that they’re unsafe.

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This article appears in the November 2022 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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