How to Put Lights on a Christmas Tree

With carols on the radio and Love Actually reruns on TV, the Yuletide season is upon us. That means it’s time to get your house ready for Christmas.

When it comes to Christmas decorations, the Christmas tree is the star of the show. But hanging your Christmas tree lights is no small feat. If you want to achieve festive perfection, you’ll need a plan before you start hanging.

Fortunately, Homebase is here to help. Whether you’re dressing an artificial or a real Christmas tree, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide on how to put lights on a Christmas tree like a professional, so yours will outshine the rest.

What You’ll Need

Christmas tree lights
– Spare bulbs (just in case)
– Footstool or Step Stool

Step 1. Check your bulbs

There’s nothing more frustrating than hanging your Christmas lights perfectly on your tree, only to switch them on and discover half of the bulbs have blown. To avoid this disappointment, always check the lights are working first.

Simply untangle your lights and lay them out so you can see each one. Now turn them on. If you notice any bulbs aren’t lighting up, they probably need replacing.

Most Christmas tree lights have been sitting collecting dust for a year, so it’s unsurprising if a few have blown. It’s always a good idea to have a few spare bulbs at the ready when you’re putting up your Christmas lights.

For a well-lit, glowing tree, we recommend approximately 100 LED string lights for every foot of tree. For example, if you have a 6-foot Christmas tree, you’d need roughly 600 lights. LED light bulbs are more efficient than old bulbs, so they’re a great choice for saving energy and minimising your electricity costs.

Step 2. Decide how you’re going to hang your lights

Before you start, you should first decide how exactly you want to put up your Christmas lights. There are two