Choosing the Best Artificial Christmas Tree

Why choose an artificial Christmas tree? It's hard to compete with the convenience and hassle-free setup of an artificial tree. Quality artificial trees can last 10 years or more and are available in a large number of styles, making it easy for you to find the size, shape and look you need. Before you get started, consider the following:

  • Do you prefer a PE, PVC, pre-decorated or flocked artificial tree?
  • Do you prefer a pre-lit tree or one you can light yourself?
  • What type of warranty do you want for your artificial tree?

Placement and Setup

Before getting a tree, it's a good idea to do a little planning. Most people have a location in mind, but measure both the available height and width of the area before making a purchase.

Tips:

  • When measuring the maximum height, be sure to leave some room for your tree topper
  • Check for the tree diameter on the label
  • Slimmer trees work great in foyers, dining rooms and as secondary trees
  • Trees designed for outdoor placement should be weather—and UV—resistant for lasting use
  • Many artificial trees are available with the lights pre-installed for easier setup
  • Branches featuring sculpted tips more closely resemble the natural look of real trees for a more convincing imitation.

Types of Artificial Trees

Types of Artificial Trees - Fir

Fir

  • Bushy and full in appearance
  • Great choice for a sparsely decorated tree
Types of Artificial Trees - Pine

Pine

  • Classic needle construction
  • Plenty of room for all your favourite ornaments
Types of Artificial Trees - Spruce

Spruce

  • More traditional shape and style
  • Perfect for lots of ornaments
Types of Artificial Trees - Flocked

Flocked

  • Branches are treated with a pre-applied snow dusting look
  • Mimics a winter wonderland inside your home
  • Available in pre-lit or unlit
Types of Artificial Trees - Tinsel/Metallic

Tinsel/Metallic

  • Retro and vintage style
  • Adds a fun pop of colour

Assembly

Setting up and decorating your Christmas tree is an activity the whole family can enjoy. Shaping is the process of forming the individual branches to create a full, natural look. It is accomplished by bending the wires attached to each branch to provide uniform coverage.

Shaping Tips:

  • Position the branches so the tips bend upwards in a slight arc for better support of hanging ornaments
  • Shape branches as you go to create a more natural look
  • Stagger the branches as you bend the wire to fill in all spaces and prevent holes

Lighting

Lighting

If you want to put up your own lights, you'll find an array of styles and colours available. On average, you'll need about 100 incandescent lights per foot of tree for solid coverage, and a little less ratio for LED lights. Look for bulbs that have burn-out protection and no-twist sockets, so one faulty or twisted bulb won't knock out the rest of the lights on your tree.

UL Listed Lights:

Underwriters Laboratory (UL) is an independent testing agency that verifies lights are safe for use under designated conditions. Look for the UL listing on all your holiday lighting purchases.

Safety and Maintenance

Safety and Maintenance

Always inspect light strands and electrical cords for signs of damage or wear. If there are any defects, dispose of the item and replace it with one that is in working order. Be careful not to overload electrical circuits and do not string more than the manufacturer-recommended number of light cords together. Always turn off lights when you're not at home or before you go to bed.

Maintenance Tips:

  • Special storage bags that keep out dust and insects are ideal for your artificial tree
  • Wrap lights around a spool or piece of cardboard to prevent them from becoming tangled
  • Storage boxes help keep ornaments safe and organized

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