Christmas lights on trees around your property are a great way to get into the season’s spirit, and timing is everything. What is the best way to hang Christmas lights on trees in your yard? Here are a few tips on Christmas Tree Lights Installation from our pros at Paradise Landscape and Hardscapes in Annapolis.
Timing is Everything
Time your tree light installation in advance. The best time to put up your Christmas lights is in late fall, after the leaves have fallen but before it gets too cold outside. Hanging lights after the leaves have fallen and before the frost will help avoid the danger that can arise once the ground is frozen or covered in snow.
What Are the Best Types of Lights for Outdoor Trees?
Ensure your lights are certified for outdoor use to avoid damage, electrical problems, and personal injury. LED bulbs are more energy-efficient than incandescent bulbs and have a longer life expectancy. Choose light strands with bulbs six to eight inches apart to increase light volume and provide broader coverage.
How to Hang Christmas Lights
You will need the following:
- A good size ladder
- Outdoor-rated lights
- GFCI outdoor-rated extension cords to prevent electrical shock
- Tape or twine
It’s Best to Plan Ahead
Once you know how many lights you need and what look to go for, it’s time to pick a color scheme. White is always an excellent option if you want your lights up all year. Otherwise, multicolored strands that blink or are in various solid colors provide a more seasonal feel. You can also find strands that are a mix of both clear and colored lights.
Next, you need to decide how you want to decorate. You can use lights to outline the roofline, windows, or doors. You can also string them along the gutters, porch railing, or any other areas you want to highlight.
First Choose Your Trees
Establish your tree lighting game plan strategy around the number of lights you want to buy and the best trees in your yard to meet your objective. Start with a focal point, such as an enormous tree or one that has an appealing form. Choose a few different trees or shrubs to complete the design, keeping in mind the location of your power line.
Types of Christmas Tree Lights
- Miniature incandescent Christmas lights are the most conventional type. They give off a warm, inviting glow and come in various colors. You can also find them in fun shapes like stars, snowflakes, and Santa Claus.
- LED Christmas lights are becoming increasingly popular due to their energy-saving abilities. They last much longer than incandescent lights and are available in various colors, including some that can change color.
- Icicle Christmas lights look like falling snow and are perfect for draping along the edge of your roof. You can also find them in Christmas light strings.
- Net Christmas lights are ideal for bushes and shrubbery and come in many colors and shapes.
Don’t Forget to Test Your Lights
It’s a good idea to check each strand of lights before you head outdoors to avoid wasting time installing damaged or burned-out lights.
Find a Helper or Call Paradise Landscape to Hang Your Lights
When working on ladders, put your safety first and get a partner to hold the ladder while you climb up to view things from ground level. If at any point you decide that this is more than you want to take on, call Team Paradise. We have decades of experience hanging Christmas Tree lights in Annapolis and the surrounding areas.
Always Begin at the Bottom
The most effective method to hang Christmas lights is from the bottom up, beginning with securing your extension cord at the tree’s base. Avoid a front load by limiting the number of strands on one tree. You can skip trees to avoid overloading the outlet. Remember to ensure that the Christmas lights you’re using are for outdoor use, as indoor Christmas lights are not made to withstand the elements and could pose a fire hazard. Start by wrapping the light string around the trunk of your tree in a spiral pattern, ensuring that the cord is hanging. Start by wrapping the trunk and working your way up, using even spacing between each loop for a more polished look.
Secure the Lights
Now that you’ve wrapped the lights around the tree, it’s time to secure them so they don’t come undone. You can do this a few different ways, depending on the type of Christmas lights you use. For example, if you’re using icicle lights, you can use zip ties, twine, or tape to keep the string in place.
Christmas Lights Storage Tips
Next season, use these storage tips to save time and energy.
- Take one end of the light string and wrap it around the coat hanger, making sure to go from end to end. Tie the tail end around the hook on the hanger.
- Using a piece of sturdy cardboard, make a notch on one side. Wrap the lights along the length of the cardboard, tucking at the end when you’ve finished.
For more ideas and inspiration, view these Christmas light displays sure to make Clark Griswold jealous. We are here for all your landscaping and hardscaping needs, including residential holiday lighting service; call Team Paradise at 443-458-8858 or contact us by filling out our FREE Estimate form today!