I know Christmas is a long way off but I am already getting pains thinking of the $$$$ I spend every year getting the outside tree lit.
Bucket truck $650+. New strands of lights $$. (there’s always one strand or two that fails). One year it was $$$ to an electrician to create a bigger better outside outlet that connected to an inside switch.
But I’m hesitating this year. Last year’s season was a bust – the top strand went dark and there was no way of getting it fixed without the bucket truck here again.
Over the spring and summer, the birds make nests in the trees and peck at any bulbs that are in their way. The bulb covers go kuplink kuplank kuplunk.
So what are my options you reading geniuses? I’ve seen ads for blankets of mini lights one can throw over shrubbery. Or how about using some high-tech laser light method that involves NO actual stringing of lights, only an on-switch?
This seems like a doable plan, rope lights, but only if the rope comes in Christmas colors. I’m not a fan of all white lights (as a rule, sometimes it’s very pretty, but for this tree, I like to stay traditional).
I see from the website (see link above) the rope comes in different colors but not a multi-color spool. If I went with the rope, which would eliminate the bulbs issue, I’d have to have the bucket guy weave red, green, and white cleverly, and while he’s a nice guy, he doesn’t have much of a sense of the aesthetic. I fear I might be spending $$$ for the bucket guy and still not get the look I want.
Bottom line, I want it to look like Rockefeller Center Tree, but without the huge expense annually. H-E-L-P.