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.
- 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.
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.
- 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
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.
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.
- 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