Love holiday lights, but hate the hassle? Fortunately for Corvallis and the surrounding areas, Shonnards and Uptown Lights are here to take all the stress out of adding a festive exterior to your home.
Joel Shonnard has been in the Christmas light business for 13 years, and has customers who have been with him since day one. He provides a full-service experience, including design, installation, take-down, and storage.
When a customer sets up a consultation, Shonnard and his team visit the site and help the customer design a custom lighting display for their home, and then create a computer generation of what the lighting will look like once installed. He has even partnered with Brite Ideas, a company that provides high quality lights in a wide variety of styles and colors, including unique items like the Oregon State Beavers and University of Oregon “O”s.
The cost for a first-year customer starts around $2,000. While this price point is higher than other options, Shonnard attests to the quality of Brite Ideas’ lights; if something breaks, they have a 48-hour turnaround time to resolve the issue.
Shonnard is booked out until the beginning of December, but he said that it’s not too late to order lights for this season. Want to check out their work? This year they are donating lights for the Philomath tree installation, as well as some of lighting for the Albany carousel, which will be installed the week after Thanksgiving.
Do you have your own lights, but would rather be inside binging Netflix instead of crawling around on a wet roof?
“What we do is we can install lights that the clients have,” Uptown Lights marketing director and CFO, Peter Van Ess, said about the scope of their work.
Uptown Lights has been installing lights in the Corvallis and Portland areas for four years. As for the cost, the average is about $3 per foot, but Van Ess said that every job is different, depending on the shape and design of the house. The easiest way to get an accurate price is to set up a consultation. For every job they do, 10 percent of the cost is donated to the charity of the client’s choosing.
Whether you decide to hang your own lights or leave the hard work to the professionals, thanks for making it cheery for those of us who love to drive around and check out all those twinkly lights and waving snowmen.
By Ashley Rammelsberg