We tried the TikTok vertical Christmas tree lights hack


This is the season to eagerly unravel the Christmas tree lights and hang them on the tree. We just tried a well-known TikTok hack to see which technique is really the winner: vertical or horizontal.

You may remember seeing a TikToker demonstrate how to light a Christmas tree by going up and down rather than going around. We tested this vertical Christmas tree lights hack and we were really converted.

TikTok vertical Christmas lights hack


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“Try to turn on your lights vertically!” @Lizlovery says in the video. She says it uses fewer lights, it’s easier to change if only one set of lights goes out, and it’s a lot easier than the traditional way.

The video now has 14 million views, nearly 2 million likes and thousands of comments. One person was not so convinced, writing: “I tried this and hated the way the strings looked vertically. Felt like I only saw string and I did. old.”

I tried this Christmas lighting idea, and it was a lot faster and easier. Call me lazy, but I only covered the visible areas of the tree which helped make it a lot brighter.

Horizontal method

christmas tree decorated with lights

(Image credit: Avenir)

Here is my tree using the traditional technique of horizontal Christmas tree light. Wrapping my lights around the tree took a lot longer, but it works great on my Hayes 6 foot artificial tree.

However, I will be using the vertical method from now on. It was so much easier to do (I’m 5’4 ” tall, so throwing lights over a tree is never the easiest or most worthy task.)

Vertical method

christmas tree decorated with lights

(Image credit: Avenir)

Aa and here is the vertical version. Of course you can see more of the wires, especially on the left side, but I’m not bad about that.

I also hope that when it is covered with pretty golden balls, you won’t notice it as much. Vertical light lines provide the added benefit of dividing the tree into sections, which will make it easier to evenly distribute the decorations.

You can also get Christmas tree lights with pretty copper wires and other more subdued options. So, make sure your tree follows Christmas light safety rules, and try this trick 100%.

And, with any luck, no light bulb will go out!


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