measuring tree lighting

Discussion in 'Christmas Trees & Seasonal' started by Dman911, Nov 9, 2009.

  1. Dman911

    Dman911 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 40

    I am trying to figure out how to tell a customer roughly how many razberry 9ft strands it would take to wrap their trees. I know there has to be some kind of formula, but I must have been sleeping that day in math. Does anyone have any help for this? Also, how much spacing are you guys doing for the tight wound trees? I have been told
    2"-3" does this sound right?

    Thanks for any help...
  2. David Gretzmier

    David Gretzmier LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,645

    I have heard formulas thrown around, but the best class for that learning is experience. I can look at a tree and guess, and even measure, but in the end, if your employee spaces strands 2 inches apart instead of 3, you will use nearly 50% more lights. think of it this way- 4 rotations will go 12 inches 3 inches apart, but will only go 8 inches 2 inches apart. you need 50% more lights, or 4/8 just to go the same distance as 3 inch spacing.

    personally, I don't think tight wrap branches look good unless you are between 1-2 inches. tree trunks you can get away with 2-3.

    The light spacing also plays into this. the more expensive mini lights have bulbs every 5-6 inches, which is great to scatter on bushes. the better spacing for tight wrap is cheaper sets that have bulbs 2-3 inches apart. they look better when really trying to accent the branches.
  3. Dman911

    Dman911 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 40

    I have really been trying to study up and learn this. This is a big jump for me, and I can not express the amount of gratitude that I have for you. I have been reading and reading through your posts, and have gained so much knowledge. Thank you.

    Quick question to your response about the cheaper lights better for tight wrap. If I do this on the very tall trees, what is the chance that they will burn out? If I have to go back to replace these and rent a bucket lift, should I eat the cost? How do you handle service calls after install?


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