The Best Way to Put on Christmas Tree Lights


Each year, families gather around the family Christmas tree and decorate it for the holidays. You always want the best looking Christmas tree you can possibly create, and a major factor is how your Christmas tree looks is how the lighting is put on it. There are some quick tips you can follow that can make your Christmas tree lights look better than they ever have before.

Have a System

Before you begin getting your lights ready, develop a theme for your tree. Will you coordinate colors of your favorite sports team, or will it be classic red and green light Christmas? Experiment with other colors such as blue and yellow, and do not dismiss the notion of having a tree that is lit in all one color. Experiment before you make a final decision. Test the strings of lights to make sure they're working before you start putting them on the tree. A good rule of thumb for Christmas tree lights is to use 100 lights for every 1 foot of tree. If you have a 6-foot tree and you will be using 600 lights, purchase the lights in 12 strands of 50 lights each as opposed to two long strands of 300 lights each. With shorter strands, you can more easily troubleshoot defective strands, and replace them as you need to. If you are using two large strands and one is defective, then it is almost the same as starting over. Run an extension cord from the power outlet to the base of the tree, and begin putting in lights from the base to the top of the tree. This eliminates the long strand of extra lights that would normally go from the tree to the wall outlet. Wrap the lights around the trunk of the tree and then extend them out over the branches for the proper effect. You can wrap the light strands in the branches, or simply lay them on the branches. Try it both ways to determine which way you like the best.

Color Schemes

Multicolored strands of lights placed randomly in a Christmas tree gives a less even look. Consider layering lights and using the different colors to accent different parts of the tree. Wrap the trunk in white lights, and then place colored lights on the branches for a two layer effect. Do not stay with the standard strand of Christmas lights on your tree when there is so much more variety to experiment with.

About this Author

George N Root III is a writer that is located in Lockport, NY. Publishing credits include a weekly column in the Lockport Union Sun and Journal along with published articles at, the SUNY at Buffalo Spectrum, Niagara Falls Gazette, Tonawanda News, Watertown Daily News and the Buffalo News. He has a degree in English from SUNY at Buffalo.

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