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Fibre Optic Christmas Trees buying guide

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Introduction to fibre optic xmas trees

The Christmas tree is the central element for most families’ Christmas decorations, representing both family tradition and the spiritual gifts of the season. Maybe you have memories of decorating the tree as a family, singing carols, competing to see whose turn it was to place the tree-topper...

But if you want a modern touch for your Christmas decorations, or you just don’t want the hassle of all those tangled strands of lights, you might be thinking about buying a fibre optic Christmas tree. There are more choices than ever before, such as a 6ft fibre optic Christmas tree or a 7 ft fibre optic Christmas tree. You can buy a more traditional look such as a green fibre optic Christmas tree, or you can go for a more unique look with a white fibre optic Christmas tree, a pink fibre optic Christmas tree, or a silver fibre optic Christmas tree. You can even find an outdoor fibre optic Christmas tree or a USB fibre optic Christmas tree that plugs into your computer.

Fibre optic Christmas trees are beautiful, but best of all, they don’t require any motors or strand after strand of electrical cords. Also, fibre optic trees don’t use very much electricity. They’re easy to set up, take down, and store away between seasons. You can buy a fibre optic tree with brilliant colours, often ones that cycle in patterns, sure to make your tree the centre of your decorations.

Price Inspector is here to help, having done all your research for you. We have shopped for fibre optic Christmas trees at all the UK stores, and we can help you buy a cheap one that will make your holidays special.

Advantages of fibre optic Christmas trees

  • Fibre optic Christmas trees are less prone to fire danger than lighting strands that use incandescent bulbs.
  • You can avoid the time of having to untangle last year’s strands of lights, locate and replace any non-working bulbs, and stringing the tree. Only to have to unstring the tree after the holidays, trying to store the strands without tangling them again.
  • Fibre optic bulbs use less electricity than incandescent bulbs, making them less expensive to operate and a more environmentally friendly choice.
  • Your lighting options are virtually unlimited. In years past, you might have 4 colours of lights, possibly with a twinkle or alternating colour pattern. Now you can have many colours and patterns, which you can easily control. Maybe one time you’ll want a fade option, while the next you’ll want to use a chase pattern. There are more colours as well.
  • By choosing a fibre optic tree, you will avoid the environmental damage of real Christmas trees, such as pesticides, increased water use, and wasted trees following the holidays. Fibre optic trees are usually made from PVC or polyvinyl chloride, which brings its own environmental concerns, but at least these represent a one-time manufacture instead of a yearly tree.
  • Although fibre optic trees are expensive to buy, you will get several years of use, which will save you money in the long run over buying real trees.
  • Additional, unconventional effects are available, such as musical options or rotating trees.

Consider the following when buying your new tree

  • Size: Regardless of the type of tree, you need to consider the size.
  • Width: Fibre optic trees may be labelled with common names like Slender, Medium, or Full. However, a tree that is Slender with one company might be Medium to another. To sort through the labels, divide the height of the tree by the width. If the result is 2.1 or higher, it’s Slim. For a tree 1.5 or lower, it’s Full, and between 1.5 and 2.0 is Medium.
  • Height: Measure the height of your room and subtract 16 cms. This is your maximum height, allowing clearance for a tree topper. You need more decorations with a taller tree because they also have a larger circumference at the base. Trees that are taller than 3.5 to 4 metres need to have a frame construction, rather than just relying on a central pole.
  • Lights: Fibre optic Christmas trees use a central bulb to power all the miniature bulbs on the tree. These last a long time, but they will eventually burn out. Make sure you understand how to change the central bulb, or else your tree will no longer work.
  • Warranty and motor replacement: Most fibre optic trees should offer a replacement for the first 30 or 90 days, warranting against manufacturer defects. If you have a problem, do you return it to the store or do you have to mail it to a warranty centre? Can the motor be replaced if there is a problem? To ensure years of use, make sure you ask these questions.
  • Pay careful attention to the use and care instructions that come with your tree. If your tree comes with its own storage container, be sure to save it for the off-season. This will help you avoid moisture, dirt, and damage while it is being stored.
  • Don’t forget about off-season sales. Most retailers will offer deep discounts on any unsold fibre optic Christmas trees immediately after the holiday season. You’ll be storing the tree between seasons anyway, so you can pick up an excellent bargain if you buy ahead of time for next year.

Other fibre optic decorations

Fibre optics are not limited to just Christmas trees. Today you can find a wide selection of decorations and accessories, perfect to complete your holiday look. As with the tree, fibre optic technology is ideal for other decorations because they use less electricity and they are safer to use. Because they don’t heat up like an incandescent bulb, fibre optic decorations have lower risk of fire.

  • Tree toppers: Angels with glowing wings, stars with brilliantly changing colours … tree toppers are some of the ideal uses for fibre optics in Christmas decorations. Changing light colours will help draw attention to your beautiful tree topper.
  • Outdoor decorations: Don’t forget about the outside of your house. You can buy a fibre optic Christmas tree designed for outside use, or there are a range of outdoor lighting options available that use fibre optic technology.
  • Table top displays: Whether you are limited on space or just want to fill your home with the Christmas spirit, you can find table top fibre optic decorations. These range from Santa, snowmen, and reindeer figurines to more spiritual options like Nativity scenes, each complete with glowing lights. Designs can range from subtle and tasteful white lights to more festive, bright colours.
  • USB trees: Your decorations are not just limited to your home. You can easily plug a small fibre optic tree into your computer’s USB port. Because fibre optics require less electricity, your computer can easily power this decoration.

Jargon Explained

Fibre opticAn optical fibre of plastic or glass that transport light along its length
LEDLight emitting diode. An electronic light source
PVC or polyvinyl chlorideA commonly used petroleum-based plastic.
USB portA standard connector hub on most modern computers that allows external devices to be easily connected, such as game joysticks or flash drives. Stands for Universal Serial Bus.
Incandescent bulbThese bulbs, commonly used for household lighting, emit light as a result of a filament being heated.

Buying Guide to Fibre Optic Christmas Trees
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