5 Tips for Tree Lighting
From what kind of light to how many to use and info to do it all safely
From the LifeMinute.TV Team
December 1, 2021
It’s time to deck the halls, and the most brilliant way to do so is with lighting. Here are our tips for tackling the tree.
- What kind to use: There are different types of lights. Incandescent lights are inexpensive and come in a variety of colors. LED lights are a little more expensive, but they are more energy-efficient, long-lasting, and emit little heat. Whatever you choose, try to keep the same brand to maintain consistent colors and brightness. You can go with white lights for a more classic look or colored lights for a festive feel.
- How many to use: Use 100 lights for every foot-and-a-half of tree.
- How to light the tree: Start at the top and wrap the wire around the branches as you go. Don’t skip the back. Many people neglect the backside of the tree. But it’s just as important to light the back to create depth and to make your ornaments sparkle from all angles and create a glow.
- Going bright: Start at the bottom of the tree, working out from the trunk wrap around the individual branches. After getting a few inches from the end, work your way back to the trunk and wrap once around the branches to hold lights in place. Then start on the next branch.
- Don’t forget safety: Look for lights with a UL Safety Certification. These are lights designed and manufactured to meet industry specifications for safety. LED lights tend to be the safest because they are cooler to the touch since they emit little heat. To keep from overheating, avoid plugging more than three sets of lights into a single extension cord. If you are using lights from a previous year, make sure to inspect cracked or frayed cords, wires poking through the insulation, and sockets without bulbs.