Christmas tree lights brighten up holiday celebrations and bring a twinkle to the eyes of both the young and the old. A Christmas tree without lights is like a candle without a flame, decorative but lacking warmth and luster. If you’re looking to start your holiday decorating early this season, now is the best time to learn how to string lights on your Christmas tree. Tree Classics gives you this easy to follow guide to stringing Christmas lights. It aims to make the whole process as simple and worry-free as possible for the busy homeowner.
Things to Consider
Before stringing your Christmas lights, you need to consider the height and width of your tree because this will be the basis for the number of lights you will need. Depending on how the lights are connected to each other, you can choose from two types: stacked lights and end-to-end lights.
- Stacked lights
This type of lighting allows for additional strings to be connected on both ends of the plug, letting you connect more light strands as needed.
- End-to-end lights
This type only allows a single connection at one end of the plug, making it an ideal choice for smaller Christmas trees.
Stringing the Lights
What You Will Need:
- New string of lights
- Artificial Christmas tree
- Step ladder
- Electrical outlet
- Lay out the light strings on a flat surface. Plug them in to make sure all the bulbs are working and replace any that don’t. Restringing the tree with the strings plugged in is recommended so you’ll know exactly where the lights go on the tree. Don’t forget to put on your insulated gloves as a safety precaution against electric shock.
- As you set up the light strands, you can also start fluffing the branches of the tree. This is to ensure that cord is not too stretched out once you finished arranging the foliage of your Christmas tree later on.
- Begin setting up the Christmas light strands from the top of the tree then work your way to the bottom. You can use a step ladder to reach the top of taller trees. From the center pole, weave the lights through the branches until you get to the outermost tips, then weave them back again toward the trunk. Repeat this process for all the other branches.
- To keep the electrical load for the cord in a safe range, remember to only connect up to 300 lights end to end. After the first 300, plug in the next set of lights to a second outlet.
- Check the lighting for your Christmas tree by dimming any overhead lights in the room or by turning them off completely. This will allow you to look for bare spots or busted bulbs. Adjust the lights as you see fit.
- Never plug more than two extension cords together. This is to make sure that the cord can handle the electrical load and avoid any short circuits. Also, double check if the cord can handle the wattage of the bulbs.Make sure that lights have the same wattage to prevent power surges.
- Make sure that lights have the same wattage to prevent power surges.
- Plug each light strand before hanging them on your tree to see if they are working. This will allow you to detect problems at the onset.
- Remember to remove all tags from the lights.
- Using a power strip is recommended because, aside from making it easier to switch your lights on and off, it provides an additional built-in circuit breaker.
The beauty of a Christmas tree depends largely on how you maintain it each year. Taking the time to string lights on it and decorate it with your family will ensure that you have a magnificent tree for many seasons to come.
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