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Detangling Holiday Light Hanging

The holiday season is a magical time of year but it can also be full of questions when it comes to lighting. How many lights do you need for your Christmas tree? Do you need any special equipment to hang lights on your house? How many extension cords do you really need?

The holiday season is a magical time of year but it can also be full of questions when it comes to lighting. How many lights do you need for your Christmas tree? Do you need any special equipment to hang lights on your house? How many extension cords do you really need?

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Of course the magic all starts with the perfect Christmas tree. If you need a hand in that department, visit our Holiday Tree Wonderland at your neighborhood Orchard. One of our friendly staff members will be happy to assist you in picking out the perfect tree. Once you’ve got that covered, it’s time for lights, right? Hold on, first you have to choose a holiday theme!

Your theme will give your decorating direction and can help you create a cohesive look – you know, if that’s what you’re going for. Are you more traditional? Eclectic? Or maybe a little eccentric even? There’s no wrong answer. And if you need ideas, check out our five themes here.

Okay, now it’s time for lights. Here’s our recommendation for how many lights you need based on the size of your tree (keep in mind the amount of lights can vary by box):

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Finally, plug your lights in (to check if all the bulbs are working and see how they look as you go) and make sure the plug reaches a power strip near the base of your tree.

Finally, plug your lights in (to check if all the bulbs are working and see how they look as

you go) and make sure the plug reaches a power strip near the base of your tree. 

According to our lighting tree experts, simply start at the bottom and string your lights around and through your tree in a random fashion, placing some lights deeper into the tree and come closer to create depth. If your lights aren’t cooperating, you can always use little green zip ties around the cord and branch to hold it in place. Once you’ve finished, take a step back and look at your tree through squinted eyes. Do you see anywhere that isn’t as bright? This is a good test to check for any bare spots. If you do, adjust as needed then sit back and enjoy your handiwork!

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Move Outside

Once you’ve got your décor set up indoors, it’s time to tackle the outside of your house. First, decide if you’re sticking with the same theme or if you want to change it up outside. Sticking with the same theme is simpler, but changing it up can be more fun….decisions, decisions.

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Once you’ve decided on your theme, it’s time to gather those lights and hang ‘em. Don’t forget to stock up on replacement bulbs and fuses, as it’s common for a few lights to go out or break along the way. Grab your ladder and Command™ Outdoor Light Clips and get hanging. (Speaking of light clips – these babies allow you to string lights around a door, window or anywhere really without nails or screws. In other words, they leave no holes or marks – perfect for apartment dwellers!)

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Now you know the basics of holiday lighting, with a few extra tips along the way. And remember, don’t hesitate to get creative. Orchard has a ton of holiday lights and decorations that will let your artistic side shine bright. Still have questions? Stop by your neighborhood Orchard, we’re happy to help.

Once you’ve got your décor set up indoors, it’s time to tackle the outside of your house. First, decide if you’re sticking with the same theme or if you want to change it up outside. Sticking with the same theme is simpler, but changing it up can be more fun….decisions, decisions.

According to our lighting tree experts, simply start at the bottom and string your lights around and through your tree in a random fashion, placing some lights deeper into the tree and come closer to create depth. If your lights aren’t cooperating, you can always use little green zip ties around the cord and branch to hold it in place. Once you’ve finished, take a step back and look at your tree through squinted eyes. Do you see anywhere that isn’t as bright? This is a good test to check for any bare spots. If you do, adjust as needed then sit back and enjoy your handiwork! 

Start Inside

Of course the magic all starts with the perfect Christmas tree. If you need a hand in that department, visit our Holiday Tree Wonderland at your neighborhood Orchard. One of our friendly staff members will be happy to assist you in picking out the perfect tree. Once you’ve got that covered, it’s time for lights, right? Hold on, first you have to choose a holiday theme!

 

Your theme will give your decorating direction and can help you create a cohesive look – you know, if that’s what you’re going for. Are you more traditional? Eclectic? Or maybe a little eccentric even? There’s no wrong answer. And if you need ideas, check out our five themes here.

Okay, now it’s time for lights. Here’s our recommendation for how many lights you need based on the size of your tree (keep in mind the amount of lights can vary by box):