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How to put lights on a Christmas tree

Hanging lights horizontally is the most common way of dressing a tree, but there are a few other ways that you can try to achieve different styles and effects. Whichever method you choose, plug in your lights before you start decorating to make sure that all the bulbs are working. This can save you a lot of stress later on!

Hang Christmas lights horizontally

  • Start at either the top or bottom of your tree and gently wrap the lights over and under the branches
  • Gradually work your way down to the bottom or top of your tree and be sure to light each section evenly.
  • Place a few bulbs further into some of the branches to add depth and make your lights look natural.

Hang Christmas lights vertically

  • Mentally divide your tree vertically into four quarter sections. Each section should look like a tall triangle shape.
  • Weave your lights along the branches in an “S” pattern that goes vertically from the bottom to the top of the tree, and fills the width of one triangle section.
  • Once you’ve reached the top of that section, work your way back down the next triangle section. Lay the lights in a similar “S” shape that leads down to the bottom of the tree.
  • Repeat steps two and three for the next two sections, alternating in the direction that you’re going in. When you finish the last quarter section, your lights should finish at the bottom of the tree.

Tips for safely hanging Christmas lights

  1. If you can, choose LED bulbs as they emit less heat and use less electricity to run
  2. Always check that there’s no damage to the wires before hanging your lights
  3. If using an extension cord, don’t load it with more than three plugs
  4. Never run more than two extension cords together
  5. Replace any bulbs that don’t light before you hang them on your tree

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