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Question DetailsAsked on 10/16/2015

i'm looking for professionals that install LED lights on trees.

There are 2 trees in an apartment building garden area (small area) that we'd like to have wrapped in LED lights with a timer to control the 'off' and on' times. Wrapping would be approximately 30 feet up the trees..

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There are Holiday Decorating companies (your Search the List category) that do this. Also, many Tree Service companies do this and house/gutter light installation in the winter, as do most Handymen - though that might be getting a bit high for a Handyman. I use a 24' roof snow rake to do mine and my neighbor's (which lets me get about 28' us) because you generally cannot use a normal ladder against a tree to reach the top without falling off or breaking it, and "cherry picking" ladders do not come that tall, so working with a long-reach tool off a ladder or using a manlift or crane may be necessary in your case.

For DIY, certainly if not over 26-30', two people (one holding string back from getting caught on branches, other using the extension rod) with a roof rake or a 30' piece of 3/4 or 1" (better for that length, 3/4 will wave around a lot) PVC pipe with a padded cradle hook on the top can just get that high for the price of the tool or pipe - about $50-60 for the rake or about $20-40 worth of pipe and fittings

Talk to the installer if in snow or high wind country - the temptation is to put the lights at the tips of the branches, but because of the cost of a callout to fix it you are better off putting them back about a foot from the tips so they do not blow or slide off with snow or wind load.

Be sure the timer is outdoor rated and protected from the weather - regardless of UL rating, they do not like water. I also use wrapping with plastic baggies or heavy sran wrap and tape or wire ties to tightly wrap the plugs where cords connect to keep water out - need to be tight at the top, but leave or puncture a bit of slight opening at the low end/side of baggie so any water that gets in can drain out and not flood the conenction.

Actually, on the timer, with LED lights I would suggest no timer hence no wetness issue - leave on all the time, so the slight bulb heat will evaporate any water that gets into the bulb fittings, because if you turn strings on and off in rainy/snowy conditions I have found (with about 12 strings around my house) that water can seep into the bulb fittings otherwise and cause string failure. Typical 100 LED string 30 feet long runs about 5-10W, so for 2 trees and say about 4-7 strings per tree that is about 40-140W - equal to one or two regular porch light bulbs, and about 16-60¢/day electricity with normal power rates, so maybe half that "wasted" by leaving on all the time during the winter.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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