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How to Hang Christmas Tree Lights

The job of stringing lights on your tree is no joke, and unless you have a team of elves to help you out, you're likely all on your own to figure out an easy way to put lights on a Christmas tree. And even though this tedious task can be a headache, oh, the rewards! That glow can downright take your breath away!

Chances are you've been hanging lights on your tree the way your parents did. But believe it or not, there are a few different ways to light a Christmas tree. Online and off, questions abound: Do you hang Christmas tree lights horizontally or vertically? Do you go top-to-bottom, or bottom-to-top? Do you put lights on a Christmas tree first? (For the record, we say definitely yes to this!)

Before you start doubting (or changing) your stringing technique, we've got some good news: There really is no right or wrong way to light your tree. If your method of outfitting your tree suits you, stick with it—you've got no reason to change!

Still, it never hurts to try something new, which is one reason we're sharing these tried-and-true Christmas lighting methods. Who knows? Maybe you'll find a more efficient way to tackle the annual task. Now get glowing!

Tip: Generally, plan for about 100 Christmas lights per foot; a 6-foot tree would get 600 lights.

How to Put Lights on a Christmas Tree Vertically

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The vertical approach to hanging Christmas tree lights is a trend that started circulating a few years ago. This method ensures that the tree shines brightly, because the lights are more visible, as they are less likely to be covered up by branches. Bonus: It's a whole lot easier to take them down once the holiday's over!

  1. Plug in each strand of lights to make sure all the bulbs are in working order.
  2. Start with the plugless end of your lights at the top or bottom of the tree and let the lights lay vertically like a seam.
  3. Each time you reach the top or bottom, turn the lights back the other way until you have a sideways "S" pattern around the whole tree.

Tip: Hang shiny ornaments in the middle to help reflect the light for more depth.

How to Hang Christmas Tree Lights Horizontally

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Hanging Christmas lights horizontally is the most widely used technique when it comes to decorating the tree. It's pretty self-explanatory, but if this is your first time hanging lights, you'll want to follow these directions:

  1. First, plug in each set of lights to make sure all the bulbs are working. (This will save you a lot of stress later.)
  2. Starting at the top or bottom of your tree (depending solely on preference), wrap the lights over and under the branches of the tree.
  3. You can mix things up by placing some lights "deeper" into the tree than others, and by alternating the patterns so that it looks more organic. Get creative with it, and have fun!

Tip: When you have to connect plugs, hide the eyesore by fastening the area to a branch with floral wire.

How to Hang Christmas Lights Top to Bottom

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"I string my lights from top to bottom because your plug is at the end of the strand and closer to the bottom of the tree and outlet," says The Home Depot's director of trend and design Sarah Fishburne, making a solid case for this method. Plus, she says, if you run out of lights, it's easier to spread them out this way—and it's easier to add more lights to the bottom versus the top of the tree.

  1. Plug in the lights to make sure all the bulbs are working.
  2. Starting at the top of the tree, intertwine the lights on top of and under branches.
  3. Work your way down and around the tree, hanging lights in the back as well.
  4. When you reach the bottom, hide any extra lights behind the tree.
  5. If you want to add more lights, simply do another pass, starting again at the top and working your way down.

Tip: Make sure you wrap the lights loosely on each branch for the best overall affect.

How to Hang Christmas Lights Bottom to Top

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The Home Depot's Senior Merchandising Director Kelie Charles goes bottom to top because she can plug the lights in first. "It makes it easier to see what the lit tree will look like as I'm stringing the lights," she says. Got extras? Just wind them back down. And if you run out, simply start a new string and run an extension cord down the back of the tree.

  1. Plug in the lights to make sure all the bulbs are working.
  2. Start at the bottom, zig zag Christmas tree lights through the tree in quadrants, section by section, versus around the tree.
  3. Place some lights deeper into the branches and place some closer to the front to create depth.
  4. Hide the lights' connectors by pushing it deep into the tree branches near the trunk.
  5. Once you reach the top, you can either tuck the extra lights into the back of the tree or run an extension cord down the back to the outlet.

Tip: Try to avoid any obvious pattern or spiral; you want the lights to look natural.

Happy decorating!

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How to Put Lights on a Christmas Tree Like a Pro

After your trip to the Christmas tree farm, it’s time to adorn your tree with DIY ornaments, a charming Christmas tree topper, and lots of sparkling lights. With the right approach, hanging lights on your tree doesn’t have to be stressful or require a team of Santa’s helpers to get the job done. There’s no right or wrong method, because how to put lights on a Christmas ultimately comes down to your personal preferences and overall design aesthetic. That said, putting up Christmas tree lights does take a teeny bit of planning.

These tips from Kelly Fitzsimmons, owner of a light display installation company in the Greater Chicago area called Light Up Your Holidays, will help you learn how to put lights on a Christmas tree like a pro. Whether you’re hanging lights on your indoor tree or stringing them on a tree outside, follow these steps to make putting up your lights a very merry experience. (Don’t forget to blast your favorite Christmas songs and put out some Christmas cookies to munch on while you work!)

Are LED Christmas tree lights better?

Yep! If your budget allows, purchase new LEDs, which consume less energy and throw less heat than old-school incandescent bulbs. LEDs also won’t dry out the branches as quickly, which will help keep your Christmas tree alive all season long. The recommendation from lighting experts is to use 100 lights per foot of tree. So, for example, you’d need 500 lights for a 5-foot-tall tree. But again, there are no rules! If you have a more minimalist or Adirondack-style tree, you may want to use fewer lights. Also, look for lights that are UL-approved, which means samples of this product have been tested and certified to specific safety standards.

Check your lights.

Save yourself some frustration and check all the strands you intend to use before you get them on the tree, says Fitzsimmons. You’ll also want to keep the lights plugged in as you work so you can see what you’re doing.

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Don’t overload your outlets.

Most strings of lights indicate the maximum number of strands you can put together plugged into one outlet. Read the box, but it’s generally about a maximum of 5 or 6 strings for incandescent lights and often no more than 20 strands for LEDs, says Fitzsimmons.

Choose a method.

Chances are, you string lights on your tree the way your family always has. But you can experiment if you want to see different effects. The most popular methods are to start from the top down, from the bottom up, or to arrange strands vertically; sometimes the fullness of the tree may dictate what technique works best. Fitzsimmons recommends starting at the bottom and working toward the top of most trees, because you can plug the lights in first, where you have your power source, and move upwards from there. Start with one string, then plug in additional one at a time as needed.

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How to Hang Christmas Tree Lights Horizontally

If you’re going the horizontal route, you can wrap each separate branch with lights from the tip of the branch toward the trunk if you like a lush, luxurious look. (Full disclosure: This takes a lot of time and lights!) For a more relaxed, organic feel, simply drape strings lightly atop each branch. Tuck some lights back toward the trunk, too, to provide more depth. When you’re done, step back and squint to see if you missed any spots. It sounds weird, but it works!

If you choose to use net lights, which some people find easier to drape over trees such as small outdoor shrubs, pull branches through the net here and there. You don’t want the net to be visible or the lights to appear in such a uniform pattern, which can take away from that enchanted feeling you’re trying to create, says Fitzsimmons.

How to Hang Christmas Tree Lights Vertically

Some designers swear this is a faster and easier technique. For vertical lighting, start at the top back of the tree with the end of the strand that doesn’t have the prongs, then drop the strand straight down the side of the tree like a seam. Tuck in here and there on the way down. Then when you hit the bottom branch, move over about 3 inches and work back up toward the top of the tree. Repeat the steps, adding strands until you’ve made it all the way around the tree.

Be creative!

Maybe elegant white lights are the only way to go in your house. If so, when choosing LEDs, opt for warm white if you want a more traditional feel or cool white if you want a bright, modern feel. Or perhaps you prefer a vivid approach and believe the only lights on a tree should be colorful! It’s fine to mix it up on the same tree, tree.


Fitzsimmons suggests a fun variation for outdoor decorating: Light most objects, such as garland and some of your trees in white lights, then add a shrub or two with red lights for a pop of color. Most of all, have fun! “The whole idea of using lights is to add to the spirit of the season, regardless of your color choices or level of professionalism,” says Fitzsimmons.

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The main New Year tree of AltSU lit up the lights - Events - News

December 13, 2017 Department of Information and Media Communications

Today, December 13, the installation of the main New Year tree of the Altai State University has been completed.

The main tree of AltSU is an artificial fir tree: a five-meter structure, which is decorated with 72 meters of garlands and about 300 ball toys. Today, employees of the administrative and economic department of the university mounted a Christmas tree, hung toys and electric garlands.

Electric garlands are also hung by the spruce growing near the Universum gallery. For the third year in a row, five blue fir trees growing near the main entrance to the M building are lit up with festive lights every evening, and two fir-tree structures are displayed on the porch of the “candle”.

Let us add that by the New Year holidays all the buildings of the Altai State University are traditionally decorated - both buildings and dormitories of Altai State University.

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In order for the New Year holiday to be a success and not to threaten with fire, it is necessary to install and decorate the New Year tree according to special fire safety rules!

1. The Christmas tree in the house should be placed on a stable stand so that it cannot be dropped by children or pets.

2. Place the Christmas tree away from heaters and heaters.

3. Do not decorate the Christmas tree with cotton wool, paper tinsel or other flammable materials.

4. When decorating the Christmas tree, do not use celluloid or paper toys.

5. Never use lighted candles to decorate and illuminate the Christmas tree!

6. For illumination, use high-quality certified factory-made electric garlands.

7. When choosing electric garlands, give preference to less powerful ones - the lower the power, the less the garlands heat up, which means there is less risk of fire.

8. Never leave electric lights on when leaving home or going to bed. Unplug the surge protector.

9. Do not use fireworks near the Christmas tree!

10. Do not allow children to turn on electric garlands, turn on sparklers, use New Year's firecrackers without adult supervision.

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