Some of you swear by live trees & others like artificial. As for me, I’ve had the same artificial tree since college which was already a hand-me-down. If you know my decorating style, you know I’m kind of a stickler for things being symmetrical, so I prefer fake for the control lol! I also prefer warm white lights over colored. I absolutely love my little tree & will probably have it forever.
Well this year the built-in lights decided it was their time to retire. My husband suggested it was a sign to throw it out. But to me, the tree wasn’t broken, just the lights were! So two tedious hours & a sore hand later, the intertwined strands were cut off & I was ready to buy new ones to hand-string.
I will admit, I was in a bit of a hurry at this point b/c I wanted to start decorating & I had wasted a lot of time cutting out the lights. So I went to Walmart b/c I figured that’d be the cheapest I could get same-day. They were pretty picked over & I was left w/few options. My husband always says LED is better, lasts longer & is cheaper to run so I figured this 50ft one would do the trick:
Well…it did not turn out how I thought. When I got home & plugged them in & they were the brightest, BLUE lights I have ever seen. Not sure why I assumed these Christmas LEDs would be different from every other LED bulb I’ve seen & didn’t like. Turns out I ignored the word “cool” on the package.
My stubbornness did not want to trek back to Walmart so I thought “I can work with this, I’ll tone it down w/decorations.” I strung the whole tree (which took a couple tries to get it even) then put on two boxes of ornaments. But unfortunately it was not helping “tone it down.” In fact, I was pretty certain the tree was about to take off into outer-space.
Long story short: these got returned. Even though I was stubborn at first, I knew I couldn’t enjoy the season w/the Starship Enterprise in my living room. And I learned a very valuable lesson in decorating! Luckily Target had inexpensive REGULAR tree lights still in stock. Next week I will show you the final product that I am much happier with now!
I was clearly not very schooled in LED lights & all the varieties that are offered. So I’ve done some research & gathered inexpensive options from Amazon Prime so you don’t have to bother w/returns like I did! *Click on the pictures under “LED & non-LED options for direct links”
WARM white LED options
NON-LED regular white options
I hope this will help you save a couple trips to Walmart.
Happy tree decorating!