Artificial Christmas Trees
Christmas Trees You Can Enjoy Year After Year
It's hard to beat the convenience and hassle-free setup of an artificial tree. Quality artificial trees can last up to 10 years or more, offering you years of use and enjoyment. Additionally, artificial models are available in a wide variety of styles, shapes and sizes, making it easy for you to find the perfect artificial tree for your needs.
Before you go shopping for your artificial Christmas tree, here are some things to consider:
• Do you prefer a PE, PVC, pre-decorated or flocked artificial tree?
• What height and width will work best for your home?
• Do you prefer a pre-lit tree or one you can light yourself?
• How can you best care for and preserve your artificial tree?
Placement and Setup
Before getting a tree, it’s a good idea to do a little planning. After all, what good is finding the perfect tree if it won’t fit in the space you’ve chosen to display it. Whether it is tucked in a cozy corner of your living room or prominently placed in your entryway, you’ll want to measure both the height and width of the area before making a purchase.
• When measuring the height, be sure to include enough room for your tree topper.
• Tree diameters are noted on all trees: full, slim or pencil trees.
• Slim or pencil trees work great in foyers, dining rooms and as secondary trees.
For added convenience, look for pre-lit trees. They will greatly reduce your setup time.
• Most types of artificial trees are available with the lights pre-installed for easier setup.
• Pre-lit, quick-set trees allow you to set up and light your tree in less than 5 minutes.
Light plugs are located inside the pole, making assembly quick and easy.
• Commercial trees are available for heights of more than 12 feet and have sturdier frames.
• Trees designed for outdoor placement should be weather- and UV-resistant for durability.
|PVC Trees: PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, is the material from which most artificial trees are made. PVC trees feature needles cut into a flat needle-like shape from sheets of compressed PVC that are then affixed to the branches of the tree.|
|PE Trees: PE trees are the latest entry in the artificial tree category. These trees feature three-dimensional needles made from molded plastic affixed to branches that are very realistic in apperance, even up close. PE tree plastic is made from polyethylene and the branches are molded to look like real wood, complete with the density and thickness of a real tree branch.|
|Pre-lit Trees: Pre-lit Trees come with white or multicolored incandescent or LED lights already wrapped around the branches, so there are no tangled strands to contend with. Trees featuring dual-color lights let you to switch from soft white to multicolor lights with the touch a button, and some can even be synced to blink with your music. If you need to quickly set up and decorate a Christmas tree, pre-lit, quick-set trees can be snapped together in just minutes. Home Depot also carries trees that feature continuous-on lights, so if a bulb happens to burn out, the rest stay lit. And most pre-lit trees also include replacement bulbs.|
|Flocked trees: Flocked trees feature a frosting that is designed to look as if the tree branches are covered with snow. These trees are available with or without lights and add an extra dash of old-world charm to your holiday décor. Other models feature glitter instead of snow, but offer a similar effect.|
|Commercial and Outdoor Trees: Commercial and outdoor trees are perfect for displaying the Christmas spirit in large public areas such as office buildings, malls, shopping centers and schools. Some models are pre-lit while others need your decorating skills for a touch of holiday cheer.|
Setting up and decorating your Christmas tree is an activity the whole family can enjoy. (See our project guide for tips on How To Decorate a Christmas Tree.)
Shaping is the process of forming the individual branches to create a full, natural look. It is accomplished by bending the wires attached to each branch to provide uniform coverage. You’ll want to position the branches so the tips bend upward in a slight arc for better support of hanging ornaments.
• Hinge trees may consist of multiple sections that need to be connected together.
• Shape branches as you go for a more natural look.
• Stagger the branches as you bend the wire to fill in all spaces and prevent holes.
While the convenience of a pre-lit tree is appealing, many still prefer to string their own lights. Whether you’re going for a more traditional look or something fresh and contemporary, you’ll find an array of Christmas lights available in a wide variety of colors and styles at The Home Depot. On average, you’ll need about 100 incandescent lights per foot of tree for solid coverage; you’ll need fewer with LED lights.
Whether you are getting a pre-lit tree or stringing your own lights, look for bulbs that have burn-out protection and no-twist sockets, so one faulty or twisted bulb won’t keep the rest of the lights from shining on your tree.
Safety and Maintenance
Always inspect light strands and electrical cords for signs of damage or wear before use. Replace any light strings that appear frayed or worn with new lights. You also want to be careful not to overload electrical circuits, and do not string more light cords together than the manufacturer recommends.
Remember to always turn off lights when you are not at home or before you go to bed, or consider an automatic timers that can be used to turn your lights on and off at specific times of day.
• Special storage bags that keep out dust and insects are ideal for your artificial tree.
• Wrap lights around a spool or piece of cardboard to prevent them from becoming tangled.
• Ornament storage boxes designed to hold decorations help keep them safe and organized.
Sculpted Tips: Branches featuring sculpted tips more closely resemble the natural look of real trees for a more convincing imitation.
Warranty: Artificial trees often carry a warranty guaranteeing their use for a specified number of years.
UL-Listed Lights: UL stands for Underwriters Laboratory, an independent testing agency that makes sure lights are safe for use under the designated circumstances.
Commercial Trees: For outdoor applications or larger indoor environments, commercial Christmas trees feature more durable construction and assembly for heavy-duty use. Commercial trees are typically classified as being 12 feet or more in height.