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Get all your questions about Christmas trees and Christmas decorations answered, and pick up a few new tricks, in this Howcast video series.
You Will Need
- Strings of lights
- LED lights
- Extension cords
Do a light-check
If you’re using last year’s lights, check them to make sure they don’t have any frayed wires, burned-out bulbs, or cracked sockets. If you are buying lights, figure on 100 lights for every foot of tree. Don’t connect more sets than the manufacturer suggests or you might blow a fuse.
Make sure they’re compatible
Verify that all your lights work together. Tree lights come in two types: Stacked or end-to-end. Stacked plugs allow you to join more strands than the end-to-end variety.
Light from within
Start by lighting the tree from within. Beginning at the top of the tree, wrap a string of lights around the trunk.
String the lights
Now light the branches. Starting again at the top with a new strand of lights, wrap the non-plug end around a branch to secure it, then begin winding the string down and around the tree, letting it rest lightly on the outermost branch tips. When you come to the end of one string, just attach the next string of lights and start where you left off. Take care not to cross the strands.
Secure lights on fake trees
If you’re lighting an artificial tree and intend to leave the lights attached when you store it, secure them by wrapping the cord around individual branches every few feet. If your tree disassembles in sections, string the lights so that each section has its own strand.
Check your work
Turn on the lights and step a few feet back from the tree. Walk around it, checking whether the lights are evenly spaced and looking for dark areas. Make any adjustments needed.
Admire your handiwork
Fix yourself a hot toddy, dim the lights, and admire your handiwork.