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3 Ways to Light your Christmas Tree

 

26 Nov 2019

You can picture the scene, the family all gathered together in the living room and now it’s time to decorate it. Wonderful fun, if all goes according to plan. But lighting the tree can be stressful, untangling the wires, checking that all the bulbs are working and then getting the lights to look right… Well, fear not as here we share 3 ways to light your Christmas tree – stress-free.

1. Get the Right Lights

Before you even begin the process of lighting your Christmas tree, it’s worth considering what type of lights you want and how many you’ll need. Experts recommend that you have around 100 lights per foot of tree, so for a 6-foot tree, you’ll need 600 lights. When you have the lights you want, plug them in and test them before dressing the tree with them – this can save you time in the long run.

There are 3 main styles of Christmas tree light bulbs to choose from:

  • Mini String Lights – by far the most popular, they come in a variety of colours, they layer well and create a good twinkle effect.
  • Big Bulb Lights – for those who are looking for more impact and less twinkle.
  • Icicle Lights – Great for outdoor displays and used indoors they require fewer strings to cover the space.

You then choose from warm LED Christmas tree lights or perhaps multicoloured for a nostalgic touch.

Top Tip: Get your Christmas tree lights well in advance of the Christmas rush to avoid compromise.

2. Dressing a Real Tree with Lights

Because the branches on a real tree are typically less uniform, the trick is to weave the lights around the tree in triangles, as opposed to wrapping the lights around the tree’s branches. Always start at the top of the tree and work your way down and have the lights switched on as you work as this way it’s easier to check if they look right – evenly spaced lights with wires that are not overlapping is what you should be aiming for.

Top Tip: If needs be, use wire to tie the lights onto branches – this way it’s easier to get them where you want them and keep them there.

3. Dressing an Artificial Tree with Lights

You can use the same method on an artificial tree as described for a real tree and you should find that it’s easier because the tree is more uniform. Alternatively, you can opt to wrap the lights around the tree’s branches for a slightly different effect. Again, begin at the top and work your way down, with the lights switched on, for the best results.

Top Tip: Using the wrap method can offer added value to those who plan to use the same tree for several years – the lights can be left on the tree when it goes into storage and the lights won’t become tangled.

Decorating your Christmas tree need not be a stressful affair, just follow our simple guide, take note of our top tips, be creative, have fun and have a very merry Christmas.

By Louise Whittland

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