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Whether you are an outdoor tree lighting novice, or an experienced pro who’s been decorating outdoor trees at Christmas for years, this advice from lighting specialists, www.festive-lights. com will give you illuminating insights on how to install outdoor tree lighting. DO Drape lights for maximum effect When adding Christmas lights to trees in the garden, simply wrap lights around it from the base upwards – in the same way an indoor tree is decorated. This works best on a traditional fir style tree, but also works well on trees without dense foliage. Make sure the lights are seated securely on sturdy branches, but not hidden too deeply within the greenery. Choose connectable lights Connectable lights are extremely versatile, so that you can tailor the light length to meet your display’s needs. All of the lights in the connectable ranges come with a male and female connector, so that you can connect the lights easily as you run them around the tree. With an extensive range of compatible accessories, connectable lights can adapt to gardens of all sizes. Decorate hard wood trees For anyone planning to decorate a hard wood tree, wrapping the lights tightly around the branches will create a superb look when completed. Simply connect lights together and run them up and along branches. A ring connector is a handy accessory that can be used to add flexibility to outdoor tree displays as it allows you to power several light strings from one LIGHTS UP plug. Place in the middle of the tree to run lights out in different directions, or use at the top of the tree and run lights down in almost a curtain style. Fuss-free lighting Net lights are an effective, hassle-free way to create an elegant display. These work best on fir trees and are simple to install, with the use of a ladder, to achieve the required height. Most nets range from 2 x 2m size to 3 x 3m, so you will have to measure the dimensions of your tree exactly to work out what you will need in order to cover the tree evenly. DON’T Take risks with outdoor electrical connections Use a weatherproof connection box to house outdoor connections. DRiBOX is a simple and effective product that protects electrical connections and can be used all year round for gardening and outdoor maintenance jobs. Neglect your lights after the Christmas period We recommend placing them back in the box they arrived in, coiled up neatly to avoid the frustration of untangling them next year. Although all outdoor lights are waterproof, we would recommend a dry, cool place to keep them in top condition and prevent any moisture creeping in. With a little bit of TLC, and ensuring they are completely dry before storage, they should last you for years to come. December is wonderful time of year when friends and family come together so use this advice for a sparkly month that shines bright in your memories n


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