Putting up outdoor Christmas lights is a hassle, especially if you end up doing it in the winter. It’s enough of a hassle that many people just put them up once and then leave them, but then they’re stuck with out-of-season lights on their house for the rest of the year. A Canadian company, however, has what it thinks is the solution to this problem in the form of LiteLocker. The lights used in the system stand out on display at Christmas time, but fold up and get hidden behind a protective cover once the New Year’s Eve hangover wears off.

LiteLocker comes in 4-foot (1.2-meter) lengths, that include the necessary wiring, sockets and light bulbs. The vinyl housing attaches to the underside of a house’s eavestroughs, and extends 1.5 inches (3.8 cm) beneath them. When the underside cover is pushed up, the hinged lights automatically swivel sideways for ... “hibernation,” for lack of a better word. When the cover is pulled down the following Christmas, the lights swivel back into place. If users really never want to climb a ladder again, a tool is available that allows them to open and close the covers from the ground.

The company website claims that the system is easily installed with simple tools, although from the looks of the installation instructions, it’ll help if users have a friend or neighbor who’s handy.

LiteLocker is available online, at a price of US$69.95 per 24-foot (7.3-meter) kit.

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