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How to Wrap a Tree With Christmas Lights

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Choose the style and color of Christmas lights.The two most popular colors for trunks and branches are warm white or cool white LED lights. Mini lights work best because they are easy to work with and aren’t bulky. They also provide* a consistent and saturated spread of light. Do not use rope light, which is difficult to wrap and secure and tends to look un-even and clunky.

Be aware of quality and logistics. Christmas lights should have at least 24-gauge or thicker wires (the smaller the gauge number, the thicker the wire). For reference, our mini light sare 22 AWG, which means better quality and longer lifespan. [what does awg stand for...”gauge” vs AWG.] At least 35 strands (50 lights per strand) of LED lights can be plugged in together, end to end. (At a maximum, only three strands of 100-bulb incandescent mini lights, or 150 watts, can be connected.)

Gather supplies.In addition to lights, optional sup-plies include extension cords and a staple gun.Lights are easiest to work with if they are wrapped into a ball before starting. Our lights come pre-balled.

Identify the power source. Start wrapping the lights on a tree at the power source. For example, if the ower source is at ground level, start wrapping at the base of the tree. If the power source is near the top of the tree, start wrapping from the branches. For a tree with several branches to be wrapped,run an extension cord to the main fork in the tree and branch the Christmas lights from there. Position any outlets along the side of the tree, rather than a branch or trunk crevice where snow or rain accumulates. This will minimize popping GFIs and power outages.

Wrap the tree with even spacing.Wrap strands with 4-6 inches of spacing between strands, or about a hand-width. (A good rule of thumb is to space each strand approximately the same distance apart as the lights are along the strand. So for strands with 6-inch spacing between bulbs, wrap each strand with 6 inch sections of tree spaced between strands.) Wrap the lights in the same direction on all the branches and the trunk. Avoid crossing light strands when possible, which makes it easier to change out a single failed or damaged strand if needed, without re-wrapping the entire tree. 

Quality lights and consistent, even wrapping are what makes a tree look sharp and professional. Use staples sparingly and staple around the wire--never staple through the wire, which contributes to electrical shorts or even fire hazards. Never cut a mini light strand to shorten it (only certain styles of C7 or C9 strands are designed to be custom cut). If strands are faulty, discard them. LED mini lights cannot be repaired, so it is best to use a fresh strand if lights are out.

Happy decorating. We love seeing projects with our lights, so please tag us in your social media with#commercialchristmasdecorations.