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How to Make Your Christmas Tree Glow and How to Fix Broken Christmas Lights

This past weekend has been all about decorating the Christmas trees. Yes – trees. We have three. One super -duper tall one in the living room, a 7-foot tree in the family room, and a smaller tree staked outside on the front lawn. This takes hundreds of lights!

With our large tree, I have a very specific lighting trick that I use to make my Christmas tree glow!

How to Make Your Christmas Tree Glow

First step is to wrap the Christmas tree trunk with the small white lights. This is a bit tricky as you get higher up the trunk, but just keep on wrapping.

Christmas Tree Glow

The second step is to hang gold shiny ball ornaments just in font of the white lights – tucked back into the branches. The glass bulbs work best. The gold balls reflect the white light and gives the tree a soft glow.

Christmas Tree Glow

Third step is to wrap the tree with more lights. We like the colored lights and they wrap around on the outside edge of the branches.

Christmas Tree Glow

Fourth step is to hang the ornaments and enjoy!

Christmas Tree Glow

This method adds a few more steps, but I have been lighting my tree this way for years now, and I really think it is worth it! Over time we have switched all of our tree lights to LED lights. I still use the incandescent lights in my classroom.

How to Fix Broken Christmas Lights

The biggest headache of hanging lights, whether they are tree lights or outside icicles is what to do when you have a non-working bulb. Last year I had the most frustrating time hanging lights in my classroom around the white board. They would all be lit, then one strand would shut off. I’d figure it out, to then have another strand black out. After a few days of this, and to my students’ dismay, I gave up!

Light Keeper ProThis year I was offered a Light Keeper Pro to try out. All I can say is, “Where was this last year when I was really struggling with my incandescent light sets??” This little device works! Check out this video. You can find and fix the problem bulb in less than one minute.

How to Use the Audible Voltage Detector:

How To Use the Quick Fix Trigger:


And that’s it! Super easy to find the offending bulb and fix it! The Light Keeper Pro saves time and money. Trying to find the busted bulb in a long strand of lights takes time. With this gadget you simply run the device along the strand to find the one bulb that is messing up the strand. I know most strands say that one bulb can burn out and the remaining strand stays lit. Well sometimes that is true, but not always! Especially not for me last year when I was trying to add the twinkle lights to my classroom.

The Light Keeper Pro does what it says. Tomorrow my students will be surprised to see the white incandescent twinkle lights framing the white board.

Christmas tree glow

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I was given a Light Keeper Pro to try for review purposes.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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(19) Comments

  1. Stace!!! You are amazing and clever as can be! Love, love the tree, can’t wait to get a pic with my man in front of it…

  2. OMG! I am so buying this for next year! and your tree looks amazing. I love tall trees.

  3. We don’t have any special way to decorate our tree, we just string lights and fill up with ornaments 🙂 I try not to get so specific with the tree so my boys can just have fun decorating it.

  4. I love how your tree glows! This tool seems like a must-have product for anyone who lights their own tree or house. I buy pre-lit trees, but someday I hope to have a real tree again.

  5. You make lighting a Christmas tree look easy. I was particularly amazing to learn about that gadget to test voltage.

  6. Stacey, I really like the idea of wrapping the trunk of the tree. It would take a few more minutes, but I know it would make the tree glow, as you say.

  7. Debra says:

    I love these tips! I would never have thought to wrap the trunk separately! So smart!

  8. These are great tips. I can’t believe it’s that easy to fix broken Christmas light. I love your Christmas tree.

  9. I bought one of these tools last year and don’t know how I ever managed without one. It has saved me HOURS.

  10. A professional decorator friend of mine taught me this light trick years ago and I’ve been using it ever since to decorate my own trees! 😉

  11. sarah says:

    Never thought of putting them around the truck before. What a great idea.

  12. I’m going to try this when we get our tree this weekend!

  13. I’d never thought of wrapping the actual trunk with lights…course our tree is artificial so I think all the lights come on it already haha! I’m quite envious of y’alls tree though!!

  14. I am so getting my husband one of these for Christmas. He “battles” the lights every year.

  15. This is so great! SO many Christmas lights wind up in landfills. All it takes is a little fix! And, you’re dog is adorable!

  16. We’re Jewish, so no tree for us, but your tree looks gorgeous. I love looking at and admiring other people’s trees!

  17. Your tree looks amazing. We just put up our Christmas tree today and to say that we are excited is a complete understatement. You look fab x

  18. We need this for our prelit tree as some lights are out. thanks for the tip!

  19. What a GREAT idea to put a string of lights on the trunk and let it reflect off of the ornaments! Your tree is huge!! Haha!

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