November 12

Tips for Hanging Christmas Lights on Your Outdoor Tree


Decorating for the holiday season is something that many people look forward to. Spreading lights on an outdoor tree is a great way to spread holiday cheer. However, if you are hanging lights on a tree, there are tips to stay safe and produce highest quality results. Continue reading to learn more.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Hanging Christmas Lights on Your Tree

The Do’s

  1. Do know the height and diameter of the tree. This way you can properly plan on the amount of lights that you will need. The usual go-to is two to three inches apart. Divide the height of the tree by the distance you will place the lights. Multiply that number to the diameter to get the feet of lights you need.
  2. Do get outdoor lights. This may seem obvious but it is often forgotten.
  3. Do use an extension cord. You shouldn’t run the lights to the outlet. Not only does it look tacky but the lights can easily be stepped on and broken.
  4. Do hang the lights correctly. Firstly, plug the Christmas lights in the extension cord when starting. You are better able to track where you hung the lights and the correct distance of lights to the extension cord.

The Don’ts

  1. Don’t hang lights on young trees. Instead, use more mature trees. Young tree’s limbs are not as strong and won’t hold the lights well.
  2. Don’t use Christmas lights with burnt out bulbs. When one bulb burns out, others follow. You don’t want the entire strand to burn out after they are on the tree.
  3. Don’t overload the extension cord with too many plugs. This can be a fire hazard. Check the extension cord’s limit before using.

If in doubt, contact a tree service expert to hang your Christmas lights. It is most important to hang your lights safely. Contact Beaver Tree Service in Medford, Beaverton, or Portland, Oregon to speak with an experienced arborist.




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