Christmas is full of traditions, of that warm nostalgia, meetings with family and friends, copious lunches and dinners, And as we do those little rituals, such as cooking with the family, exchanging gifts, etc. We realize that getting everything perfect (or as perfect as we would like) is an art and much more complicated than it may seem. And perhaps one of the things that appears more uncomplicated but that involves art in itself, although at first glance it is not, is to place the Christmas tree streets lights.
Surely year after year, you have faced the same dilemmas: you already have the tree ready, with all its garlands and decoration, and you have been trying for almost an hour trying to slide the Christmas lights between the branches, possibly perched on a small ladder Yes, putting the lights on can be a risky sport! Not to mention the time wasted trying to replace those lights that have burned out or created a short circuit. In short, placing the lights correctly can be quite a feat.
However, it is an activity that should be fun and stressful, even though the opposite effect is often achieved. For this reason, in Interiores Magazine, it has occurred to us that a small guide to place the lights on the Christmas tree in an efficient, aesthetic and, above all, safe way, could be beneficial these holidays.
Types of lights
Before placing the lights on the tree, the first thing to consider is to know the types that exist. Regarding its composition and size, you can find it from mini bulbs to larger lights (which are usually placed outdoors) or cluster bulbs, also ideal for when we want to create large lighting displays “in the purest Home Alone style. ” Regarding its energy consumption, two types can be distinguished:
- Incandescent lights: they are those of a lifetime. They allow us to choose more or less intensity, but they have a reasonably limited life, not to mention that their filaments are easily breakable.
- LED lights are more durable, safer, and allow many wires to be connected without any risk of lead jumping. In addition, they consume much less than incandescent and, although they cost a little more, they end up being the most sustainable option.
Once you’ve chosen the right lights, you may be interested to know that there are very different methods for placing them on your tree. However, no specific way is the “ideal,” the most common are governed by a particular direction: from top to bottom, horizontally or vertically.
Hanging the lights on the tree horizontally is possibly the most common method of decorating it. In these cases, you should follow the steps below:
- First, before hanging any decorations, connect the lights to the power to make sure they work.
- Start from the base or the highest part of your tree and see wrapping the lights above and in between the tree’s branches.
- To give it a more natural look, try creatively placing some lights in “deeper” tree areas and alternate patterns.
According to designer Francesco Bilotto, it is a technique that began to spread only a couple of years ago. It is a method that ensures that our lights will shine with greater intensity since there is less possibility of them being hidden between the branches. Also, they are much easier to remove after the holidays are over. This is how you do it:
- Plugin the lights before you put them in and make sure they all work.
- Start winding the opposite end of the plug on your light strip from the bottom or top of the tree and let them rest vertically on it.
- Each time you reach the bottom (or top), turn the lights to the opposite side until you have achieved an “S” -shaped pattern that goes around the entire tree.
From up to down
The American magazine Home Depot editor, Sarah Fishburne, comments that she hangs the lights ” from top to bottom since the plug is at the far end of the strip and closer to the base of the tree.” In addition, he comments that, in the case of falling short with the lights, it is always easier to add some new ones in the lower part of the tree than in the upper one.
- Plugin the lights before placing them to make sure they all work.
- Start at the top of the tree and watch the lights spiral down in front of and between the branches.
- Make sure you position the lights evenly, also at the rear.
- When you get to the base, hide any unplaced lights behind the tree.
- It is as simple as making another pass from the top, center, or tree base if you want to add more lights.
Others prefer to plug in the lights before placing them, so it is much easier for them to see the result as they are placed. And if you fall short, you can always add some from the center of the tree and wrap the wire around the trunk so that it is concealed.
- Plugin the lights to make sure they work well before putting them on.
- Start at the bottom, wrapping the lights around the tree in a zigzag pattern, ensuring everything is well covered.
- Place some lights in deeper areas of the tree and others more protruding to give a sense of depth.
- Hide the light connectors or switches between the branches of the tree near the trunk.
- When you reach the top, use an extension buried in the back of the tree to add extra lights.