Planning Your Light Wrapped Trees
When wrapping trees with Christmas lights, there are some basic measurements that you need to take into consideration. Measure the circumference of the tree trunk, as well as the circumference and count of any branches you wish to wrap with lights. Determine how much spacing you want both between each light bulb on the string, as well as how far apart you plan to wrap the light strings.
A 6″ bulb spacing is popular for wrapping trunks and branches, with an average spacing of 2-3″ between strings. Divide height by desired string spacing, multiply total by circumference to calculate total string length needed. Example: we have a 4′H trunk that measures 2′ in circumference, and we plan to wrap four of the stronger branches, which measure 3′L and 6″ in circumference. Use this equation to learn how to wrap a tree with lights:
- 4′H trunk / 3″ spacing = 16 x 2′ circumference = 32′ of lighting
- 3′L branch / 3″ spacing = 12 x 6″ circumference = 6′ of lighting per branch
- Total lighted feet will be approximately 56′ for the trunk and four branches
Total power available should also be taken into consideration when wrapping. If using commercial mini light strings, up to 10 100-bulb count strings can be connected, or 420 watts. If using premium , up to six 100-bulb count strings can be connected. LED lights typically allow up to 43 light strings, or 210 watts, to be connected, so there is rarely a concern of plugging to many LED strands together. Switch to energy saving LED lights to allow for maximum light counts.