The 10 Best Artificial Christmas Trees
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Artificial Christmas Tree Buying Guide
Before jumping into a purchase, there are several things to specifically look at to come to a decision. For starters, there are both pre-lit and unlit trees. Pre-lit trees come with lights already attached to the branches in a way that can make setting up (and taking down) the Christmas tree a little easier. These lights can come in a number of colors, such as white, blue, red, or multicolored. Unlit trees do not come with lights. If considering a pre-lit tree, it is best to find out details involving the lights. For example, what happens if one bulb burns out? Will the rest of the strand still light, or not? What type of warranty, if any, comes with specifically the lights? If a strand no longer lights, what, if anything, will the company do? Needing to replace a whole strand of lights at home could make a difference between whether a family chooses to purchase a pre-lit tree or start with an unlit one. Also, it is recommended that a tree has at least one hundred lights per every foot of the tree. For example, a five foot tree should have at least five hundred lights on it.
Artificial trees generally have two different choices when it comes to setting them up. Some come with hooked branches while others have hinged branches. Hooked branches are when each branch piece is separate and must be attached to the central pole. This is usually done by following a color coded dot on each branch. Each color makes up a different "level" of the tree. Hinged branches are permanently attached to the pole and are just “fluffed” up once the tree is set up.
Another decision to make is in the color. There are white trees, as well as many different shades of green. There are also trees, usually smaller sized, available in other colors, such as pink, purple, and blue. While no one color is better than another, every family will have their own preference. Where the tree will be displayed as well as how it will be decorated could determine how it looks once it is all put together.
It is recommended that before buying a tree, the where and how of a specific tree display is noted. Is the tree going to be the “main” tree, where all the presents will be? Will it be displayed in a tall or high celling room? Will it merely be a secondary tree in a less frequently used room? All of these things will help to determine what size or type of tree is best. Keep in mind a tree topper as well. It is suggested that a two foot clearance be left between the top of the tree and the celling, to allow for space for whatever tree topper is chosen.
How the tree will be decorated can also affect the type of tree chosen. Some tree branches can withstand more weight while others will bend and cause ornaments to fall and possibly break if they are too heavy. One suggestion is to clear the area where the tree will go and then to tape along the walls, to visually see how tall and wide of an area is left to cover.
Most artificial trees come with their own bases. Check to make sure the base and stand are made with sturdy metal rather than cheap plastic that could crack and break.
One very important factor in choosing a Christmas tree that many do not think of is finding one that is fire retardant. Most trees generally are fire retardant, but it is still an incredibly important thing to verify, given that Christmas trees are plugged in and lit up throughout much of the holiday season.
All of these decisions come with a price tag, of course. Generally, trees that are pre-lit will cost a little more money. Trees with hooked branches are often cheaper than those with hinged. But, taking it step by step can help a family find what they want.
For many, setting up and decorating a Christmas tree is all about carrying on a tradition. Finding a tree that fits a family’s specific vision of tradition can be overwhelming. This is why it is often recommended to break it down into what is most important. Whether it is the size of the tree, how it will look in the spot designated for it, the color, or the number of light bulbs on it, take it to a step by step process to make it easier to allow everyone involved to enjoy the tradition rather than stress out over any little details.
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