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Topic # 225747 4-Dec-2017 10:36
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December has rolled around and with it my annual battle against the Christmas tree lights has commenced. We upgraded to LEDs some years ago, so the day-long rigmarole of trying to locate the blown bulbs is at least a thing of the past.

 

However, the perfectionist streak in me remains aggravated that I can never get the blasted things on the tree to my satisfaction. I've tried:

 

- Winding them around the tree (horizontally, corkscrewing up the tree). However, we have several sets of lights in two colours (blue and silver FTW). The bottom half of the tree always seems to be out of sync with the top half.

 

- Winding in and out along the branches ("z-axis" for want of a better word). This is better than the horizontal winding, but seems to be a bit patchy. The string of lights inevitably runs out before I reach the top/bottom and it takes me several attempts to get it to my satisfaction.

 

- This year I tried going up and down around the tree (perhaps "vertical winding" or zig-zagging?). That has produced the best results so far, although now the top of the tree is noticably brighter than the bottom. There are also still some clumps of lights.

 

How do you wind your Xmas lights on the tree?

 

And yes, I am aware that it's weird that I spend time thinking about this sort of thing. But where else but Geekzone could I pose such a question of national significance.


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  Reply # 1912545 4-Dec-2017 10:43
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Normally, we have two sets of lights horizontally wound around the tree, each set from top to bottom, but the cat chewed on the lights this year

 

 

 

So I bought these, they are joined at the top by a plastic thing that sits on the tree, and float nicely down the tree

 

However, it took me two hours to untangle them out of the box, so I don't think they will get much use after this year.

 

https://www.farmers.co.nz/christmas/lights/indoor-outdoor-lights/home-of-christmas-indoor-outdoor-240-led-seed-lights-warm-white-6243142

 

 


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  Reply # 1912548 4-Dec-2017 10:45
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I just toss them on there and then tweak them until they look sort-of nice. Then I leave them switched off for the rest of the month.


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1912549 4-Dec-2017 10:45
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I lay out the string of lights on the floor, then wind it up onto my hand from the far end (without the power plug) back.

 

Then I start at the bottom (where I plug it in) and unwind round the tree and upwards, putting a couple of extra winds/drops in the bottom half of the tree (as it is the biggest area and can look empty).

 

If I have too much at the top, I start winding my way back down (hence also why I put in extra at the bottom).

 

I only use one long string at the moment. It would be 20m, but can alternate/be either colour, or warm white (LEDs do all colours).


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  Reply # 1912578 4-Dec-2017 11:18
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The mrs. does it.





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  Reply # 1912684 4-Dec-2017 14:33
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Up and down is the best method. If you go round, some lights will inevitably end up in the middle of the tree where they're practically invisible.

 

If the top is too bright because there's lots of LEDs close together, perhaps only go 3/4 way up with every second zigzag.

 

 


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  Reply # 1912891 4-Dec-2017 19:32
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i don't have to wind mine, they're electric.

 

Flash eh?


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  Reply # 1912913 4-Dec-2017 20:37
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elpenguino:

i don't have to wind mine, they're electric.


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  Reply # 1912997 4-Dec-2017 21:38
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More importantly... how do you wind the UP so ou have a hope of ever using them again the next year?

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  Reply # 1913004 4-Dec-2017 21:47
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One thing I learned the hard way, no matter if your lights are electric or steam powered, test them BEFORE you put them up.......

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  Reply # 1913041 5-Dec-2017 05:26
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Almost half the world — over three billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day. At least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day. More than 80 percent of the world's population lives in countries where income differentials are widening.




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  Reply # 1913042 5-Dec-2017 06:43
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mdf:

December has rolled around and with it my annual battle against the Christmas tree lights has commenced. We upgraded to LEDs some years ago, so the day-long rigmarole of trying to locate the blown bulbs is at least a thing of the past.

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Blown bulbs may be a thing of the past but the wiring on cheap LED lighting is very fragile. It is often just tinned copper plated steel. That goes for the leads into the LED itself. Connections rusting out are not unknown if you've used them outside.

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  Reply # 1913151 5-Dec-2017 10:26
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Life is too short to remove USB safely.


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