Ok, I have three Christmas trees sitting in my storage room. The last one was a pre-lit tree with the normal mini incandescent lights, and like others I have seen post here, the second year I went to use it half the lights were out!
I spent 4 hours tracking down all the dead ones and replacing them. Next year, same thing. In a fit of rage I cut out all the wires from the tree and got regular lights. I wish I had seen the posts about the light checking gun I read here yesterday, I would have saved myself some frustration.
THIS YEAR, I want something simple. I love the decorations, but I don't want to spend hours putting branches in colored holes or re-bending branches into their proper shapes.
So I am looking at two options. (BTW I would have put in links to these trees, but I read that links are frowned upon here.)
- I have seen the new LED Fiber optic trees at artificial-christmas-tree.com. These are NOT the incandescent light with a color wheel. (I.E. my SECOND tree sitting in the storage room because the hot bulb softened the plastic base and the tree fell over) At the base of these trees is a hub of LED lights so it stays cool and should last a while)
- The pull up tree you can get at Brookstone. This looks REALLY easy to set up, there is even a video on YouTube called "Instant, easy pull-up artificial christmas tree" that shows one similar, but not the same as the one from Brookstone.
The ease of setup is important to me as I am disabled, and cannot stand for long periods of time to do the setup anymore. Plus I don't have much room in my apartment for a wide tree, which is why I like the look of the "pull up tree".
My concerns with the LED fiber optic tree is whether the branches have to re-bent every year or if it is one of those new memory wire ones, I can't remember what they are called.
My concerns with the Brookstone pull up tree are:
- How sturdy is it?
- How does it really look up close?
- Since the lights on it are meant for indoors or outdoors, am I going to have another pre-light nightmare as I did before?
If anyone has had any experience with these trees, or if you have any other advice I'd appreciate it!