Get This Look: Lighting a HUGE Outdoor Christmas Tree

January 22, 2021

We were really excited about this tree decorated by one of our customers up in Wisconsin. We hope you are as inspired as we are.

Lighting a huge outdoor Christmas Tree

Get this Look: Decorating a HUGE tree with C7 LED light strings

Christmas Light Source Design Team
Straightforward recipe using a single style of lights, optional clips, and an extension cord.

Special Equipment

  • Ladders
  • Mechanical lift, cherry picker, optional

Materials
  

Installation Tips
 

  • Determine number of strings of lights required based on size of tree, length of strings (depends on style chosen), and how densely you want to light your tree. Consider ordering a few strings of lights before the Season and test how tight a spiral is required to achieve your desired look. This will help you budget and plan for lighting your tree.
  • Map out an installation plan for the tree on paper before beginning noting where the light sets will be plugged in and where extension cords and splitters will be located.
  • Test all light strings before starting.
  • Start at the of the tree, install lights at the outer edge of the tree using clips built into the bases of the light string bulbs or use tree clips to keep the light sets in place. C7 and C9 LED strings have these built-in clips. Smaller lights like 5mm and round don't have built-in clips. The lighting plan shown in the photo use a larger C7 lens.
  • Make sure the female plug of the first string of lights installed at the top of the tree so the last string of installed lights ends with a male plug that can be plugged directly into an extension cord.
  • Plug in light strings every 3-5 installed sets to test and confirm the strings are working and spaced out properly. This is easier to adjust as you go rather waiting until after you've taken the lift back to the rental agency.
  • Keep an eye on your maximum connection specification for the light strings used for your project. When the maximum number of strings is reached, continue installation with an additional extension cord or splitter. Exceeding the maximum allowable number of strings to run in series will blow one or more fuses and may damage the light sets.
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Christmas Light Source Design Team
We are always on the lookout for new and interesting ways to make all of life's occasions brighter. Always ready with lighting tips, tricks, and easy projects. Join us often as we bring projects from our design lab, share customer projects, and look forward to Christmas all year long.

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