Setup and Care Instruction for your Artificial Christmas Tree
Choose a location near a wall outlet
to assemble your tree.
Remove contents from the box(es) and
arrange all of the parts where they will be accessible during assembly. Before
use or reuse, inspect the tree carefully to make sure there are not any cut,
damaged, or frayed wires.
Identify the total number of
sections of your tree. For trees 5’ and under, you will typically have only two
sections. For 6’ to 8’ trees there will typically be three sections including
the top, middle, and bottom. If you have a 9’ or taller Christmas tree, you may
have four to five sections.
All tree sections will be labeled
from bottom to top.Typically the first
section you will use, the base section, is labeled as ‘A’, the second section
as ‘B’, etc. and ‘Top’ as the topper. You can always tell which section is the
bottom because it is the only part of your tree that will have a tapered
(pointed) end on bottom of the pole. This section usually also has a longer
electrical cord than the other sections; one which is long enough to plug
directly into a nearby wall outlet.Always identify this bottom section first and use it as your starting
Each section of the tree will have a
male electrical plug which will either plug into the wall or plug into the next
lower tree section. Any cords that are
characteristic of regular extension cords AND have a long section of wire
extending from the bottom of the section (greater than 3’ in length) will plug
directly into a wall outlet. Any cords
that are very short lengths of extension cord or characteristic of traditional
Christmas lighting will typically plug into a female extension wired near the top
of the next lower section. If your tree
has more than one regular extension cord, ALL OF THE LONG EXTENSION CORDS MUST
BE PLUGGED DIRECTLY INTO THE WALL.
Failure to do this will cause blown fuses.
WARNING: Never tip the tree assembled in the stand to
add higher sections onto the tree. This
can cause the pole to bend and such damage is not covered under the Treetime
Warranty. NEVER unplug electrical connections that are already plugged in at
(NOTE: If you have a
potted tree, skip point 1.)
the tree stand by pulling apart the legs of the base so they are X-shaped.
Align the holes in the base. Insert and thread the eye bolt into the base
through a set of aligned holes. Do not insert the eye bolt so far that it
protrudes into the base opening where the tree pole will be inserted. Only one
screw is necessary for most trees to properly secure the X-shape of the stand.
The eyebolt is packed in a plastic bag and should be attached to the tree
stand.Some larger trees may have
the bottom section of the tree and remove any plastic pole protector that may
be on the end of the pole.Place the end
of the pole into the assembled base until it bottoms-out in the stand and
gently FINGER-TIGHTEN the eyebolt – do not over tighten. If you have a potted
tree, no additional tightening or eyebolt is required. Simply insert the pole
into the potted stand.
the first section one row at a time (refer to the “Shaping Your Tree” section
of this quick start guide) until all rows of the first section are shaped.
the next section of the tree, remove any plastic pole protector that may be on
the end of the pole, and insert into the mating location on the previous tree
the male electrical plug from this next section and determine whether the wire
is a standard Christmas lighting cord or an extension cord.
it is a long extension cord, run it down along the pole of the previously
assembled section(s) to the floor so that it may be eventually plugged into a
power strip or the wall.DO NOT PLUG
LONG EXTENSION CORDS INTO ANOTHER EXTENSION CORD WITHIN THE TREE.Failure to follow this instruction will
result in blown fuses. If it is a short tale of an extension cord extending from
the previous section or Christmas lighting cord, then plug it into an available
outlet of the wiring of the previously assembled tree section.This is most commonly located along the top
foot of the previous section, but sometimes will be found further down the tree
pole.Just follow downward until you find
this available plug opening.You may
have to remove a safety “plug cover” to access it.
7. Topper: It is usually easiest to shape the topper
(refer to “Shaping Your Tree”) BEFORE assembling it to the tree. Once shaped, insert the topper into the
previous tree section and attach the electrical cord as per previous sections.
Shaping Your Tree
Learning to shape your Treetime
Artificial Christmas Tree is very straight forward. Once you develop a
technique, you will find that you can beautifully shape a typical 7-1/2 foot
tree in a half hour or less.The first
year may take a bit longer due to the fact that the tree was so tightly packed
in the shipping box in order to minimize shipping costs.Subsequent years will be easier, especially
if you store your tree in one of our Treetime storage options which don’t
require the dense collapsing of the foliage for storage.Use of the best of these options allows you
to set up and shape your tree in under fifteen minutes.
have placed the bottom section of your tree into the stand and secured it with
the eyebolt (refer to “Structural Assembly” above), you are ready to begin
shaping your tree.The branch levels of
your tree are tied with cordage which holds layers in place for shipping.Remove ONLY the first cord and gently guide
the branches down into place.Some
hinges may require that you gently lift them and pull outward as they come
down.Save the cord for use when putting
your tree away if you expect to store your tree in the original box.
at the pole, work out along each branch lifting the individual tips straight up
and outward, arranging them into the shape of a fan.Then move outward along the length of the
branch, arranging each group of tips into a fan where the spokes ARE NOT in
line with the previous fanned group.The
offset of the tips as you move out along the length of the branch is critical
to making the tree look its fullest.
move out the length of the branch, the last several tip sets should be arranged
to tip outward instead of straight up or sideways from the branch, mimicking
the outward reaching tip growth of a real tree.Feel free to use the close-up view of your tree model on our website to
get a feel for how we shaped your variety of tree.The tree that you see pictured on our website
was taken out of a box just like yours, shaped, and photographed in our own
showroom.No special photo tricks were
used except to extract the tree from the background.
MOMENTARILY plug in the lighting for the tree section that you are shaping in
order to get a look at the way the lights are falling into place. It is critical however that you DO NOT
LIGHT YOUR TREE for more than a few seconds WHILE BRANCHES ARE TIED UP
AGAINST EACH OTHER. The tree
material acts as an insulator around each bulb, capturing the heat of the bulb,
and eventually causing melting of the needles and the risk of fire.
this same shaping sequence for each branch on this level, then release the cord
holding the next higher level of branches and guide them gently down into
place.Shape each branch on each level
accordingly until every branch on the lower section has been shaped.
the next tree section per the instructions in the “Structural Assembly” section
of this manual, attach the electrical cords, and shape as described above.Continue this sequence until reaching the top
section of your tree.
that it is easiest to shape the tree topper before it is assembled to the
tree.Hold it in one hand, pull each
level of branches downward and fan them out just as you might see the top of a
tree growing outdoors.Shape the very
lowest level of these branches to point downward a bit, extending their tips so
that when the top is placed on the next lower section, the lowest branches will
nest within the top branches of the next lower section.
Plug your tree into the nearest wall
outlet, and enjoy! That’s all there is
to it. You may also find it to be
convenient to plug the tree into a switched outlet, a switched power strip, or
one of our remote control modules which allows you to turn your tree on and off
with the push of a button on a remote.
with a Loose Hinge Pin
If for a branch comes loose
from the center pole assembly, you can easily replace the hinge pin as follows:
Step 1.Insert the branch into the
hinge bracket if it is loose.
Step 2.Insert the replacement hinge
pin through the hinge bracket on the pole.
Step 3.Make sure the hinge is secured
with the washer at the end of the hinge pin.
II. If the Tree Does Not Light Up on First Attempt
1.Make sure the power cord is
properly plugged into the wall socket and power is supplied to that socket.
2.If your wall socket has an
on/off switch make sure it is in the on position.
3.If your tree has multiple
sections, try plugging each section individually into the wall socket to test.
4.Carefully check to ensure that
each light section is plugged securely into the sockets located along the
center pole of the tree.
5.Make sure to check the fuse
that is located within the socket on the plug going to the wall. Each section
of the tree has this same fuse located in the plug. If you have half a strand
out or a single strand out on a tree, it is unlikely that the problem is the
fuse. A bad fuse will have a visibly broken wire through the glass tube when
you inspect it. The replacement fuse is located right next to the fuse that is
in use. Mini lights use a 5 Amp fuse while the thicker extension cords use 25
III. One Section of the Tree Will Not Light
1.Find the end of the light set
that isn't lit and make sure it is plugged into the right socket leading to the
extension cords within the center of the Christmas tree.
2.Inspect the fuse within the
plug leading from the light set (if the whole strand is out) on that light
string. Take the fuses out and check to make sure they haven't blown. The blown
fuse will have a broken wire that is clearly visible through the glass tube.
3.If a light set is still off, an
individual bulb may be causing the outage. If this is the case:
a.Inspect each bulb in the unlit
portion of lights to make sure none of them are broken or missing. Please
replace the missing or broken bulbs (you should have some that came with the
tree, if you need more, click here for replacement bulbs).
b.Alternately, you can nudge each
bulb that isn't lit within the strand. It is possible that one of the bulbs
within the socket isn't seated properly. A good connection is required for the
strand to light consistently without issues. Each copper wire at the base of
the light bulb must be touching the leads within the socket.
IV. Causes of Lighting Problems
•Standard light sets will remain lit
if a bulb burns out, BUT IF A BULB BECOMES LOOSE, BROKEN OR TWISTED, ALL
THE BULBS WITHIN ITS CIRCUIT WILL GO OUT (except for ProTime lighting products). Also, as bulbs burn out,
voltage gets distributed among the bulbs that are still lit. The increase
in voltage will shorten the life of the other bulbs, causing multiple lights to
burn out resulting in a domino effect. Change burned out bulbs ASAP!
•When assembling and disassembling
your tree, be sure not to pinch the light wires in the branch hinges as this
could nick or break the light wire, which could cause a light outage.
•Adding other plug-in devices to your
tree, such as illuminated tree tops or revolving tree stands using the supplied
main power cord(s) on your tree could result in an overload depending on the
number of lights pre-installed on your tree. It is possible you will burn
out multiple sections of your tree’s lighting (bulbs will be blackened).
Check for blown fuses in the electrical supply cord’s plug. Spare fuses
are included in the main power cord’s plug. Replace fuse.
• If you use timers or dimmer switches
on your tree, make sure they are rated to handle the total wattage of your
tree’s lighting. You can calculate this by multiplying the total number of lights by .425 watts, i.e. - 2000 bulbs x .425w = 850w dimmer required.
NOTE: If you need to add
extension cords, make sure they are correctly rated (same formula as above).
Don’t overload electrical
circuits. Examples of household items that draw higher wattage are:
toasters and toaster ovens, irons, hair dryers, microwaves, and vacuum
cleaners. If your tree is on the same circuit with any of the above
items, it is best not to have your tree turned on while using any of these or