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Christmas ideas: Lighted Trees

  • November 3, 2010

By Maria Bargellini of DFW Christmas Lights

So you have a great tree in the front and you want to light it this Christmas but you haven’t a clue as to what it cost or how to do it–No worries. This short article will help you figure out if your tree is a good canidate for lights, different lighting techniques and other details you ‘ll find interesting.

Large Lit Trees

Live Oaks, Red/White Oaks, Cedars, and many more types make for great lighted trees. These trees are usually around 15-20 feet tall and 12-20″ in diameter. They often have a large trunk,  low lying branches and enough electricity available for 60 set of lights.

Trunks: The larger the trunk the more lights will be needed to wrap around them. If the branches of your tree don’t start until 20 feet you will most likely end up with a lit trunk only.

Branches: Trees like Live Oaks have limbs that can extend up to 40 feet. Now you don’t have to go all the way to the ends for a good looking tree — but if you’re not hiring a professional Christmas Light installer do please

Ornamental Trees

These are typically 6-12 feet tall

You can light any tree with the right technique. The most striking trees are large trunked with low lying branches. If the tree has very high limbs it will take many lights to reach them. In most cases people just opt for a trunk wrap.

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