Follow these three steps:
- Forget wrapping the tree around and around with lighting. Instead, mentally separate the tree into three quadrants from top to bottom. In other words, look at the tree as if it has 3 sides.
- Plug in the first string of lights and starting from the top of the tree, weave the lights left and right across the “triangle” until you reach the bottom of the tree. Use a “zigzagging” motion. Be sure not to cross the string of lights across itself. Don’t connect more than 300 lights in one series. Repeat this step for the remaining 2 sides of the tree.
- Once you’ve covered the tree with lighting, step back and squint. If you see any dark spots, rearrange the lights to fill in the gaps.
- Be sure that all of your lights are compatible with each other. See if they are stacked or “string to string” lights.
- Never plug more than two extension chords together. Try buying extension chords in the lengths that you need. It’s better safe than sorry.
- Double check that the wattages of all the lights you use are the same. This prolongs the life of your lights and prevents power surges.