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More Christmas Tree Decorating Tips–The Lights

Once the tree is up and secured it’s time to move on to the next step in decorating, the Lights!

Plan to use 100 lights per foot of tree height for trees 7 feet tall and as many as 150 lights per foot if the trees are more than 7 feet tall.  Consider using shorter strands because they are easier  to use than 100 light strands because of cord lengths.  It is also easier to replace strands if you have to.

Follow package instructions as to how many light strands to attach together.  Generally, you cannot connect more than six strands together.  Be very careful NOT to attach too many or you create a fire hazard.  Use a multiple strip outlet or special tree light cord attached to the trunk of the tree to safely plug in all strands.

Start at the top of the tree and work your way down.  If you have them plugged in while you are attaching them, it is easier to ensure even placement.  Place lights on one branch at a time starting at the inside by the trunk and working your way out to the tips.  Wrap the lights around the main spine of the branch.  As one branch is finished, return to the trunk and move to the next branch, repeating the process.  This can take 15-20 minutes per 50 light strand.

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