3. Loosely pile a string of lights into the basket. (Yes, that's right, pile. The beauty of this trick is that it doesn't require the annual pre-holiday detangling ritual.) Make sure the socket end of the lights is accessible.
4. Upend the basket on a night-table or shelf in your well-chosen location, or hang it on a wall hook like a sconce.
5. Plug the socket end of the holiday light string into a dimmer adapter and make sure the switch is easily reachable.
6. Voila! A golden-hued source of light during the day, and a dramatic night light. Use the dimmer to fine-tune the light patterns on your walls and ceiling.