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Sunday, December 9, 2012

How to light your tree like a pro.

Ellen Silverman
Earlier this week I overheard a conversation between two men, one complaining about putting lights on his tree, and the other said his sister suggested to put them on in a zig- zag manor working up and down the tree. Both men seemed amazed at the suggestion that had been made by his sister.  
Assuming you have a real tree, or don't have a pre-lit tree, winding lights round and round the tree is either requires two people, or is incredibly frustrating.

Every holiday season, when you hang the lights on your tree, the crossing strands form a wire net that’s a bear to remove. But there’s a solution: “The trick is to go up and down, not around and around,” says David Stark, co-owner of Avi Adler, a Brooklyn floral and event design company. Here’s a pro-tested technique that ensures orderly wires and a dramatic display.

  • Divide the tree vertically into three sections and string lights by section.
  • Plug the lights in before you begin, to weed out defective strands. Leave them plugged in as you place them so you can spot dark spaces in the tree.
  • Beginning at the bottom, weave each string in and out of the branches, to the top of the tree and back.

Need more proof that this tactic is the way to go? Decorators at New York City’s Rockefeller Center (and who would know better how to light a tree?) use a trunk-to-tip method to create “not just a shell of light but an inner glow and a three-dimensionality that cannot be achieved any other way,” says David Murbach, the manager of the center’s gardens division.
(excerpt from Real Simple.)
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