Updated: Dec 27, 2020
If you're household is anything like ours, finding the time to spend picking up a real tree seems an impossible feat. I'm afraid that by the time we coordinate vehicles and schedules it would be Valentine's day. While I prefer a real Christmas tree to an artificial, the convenience of a pre-lit artificial tree simply can't be beat.
A couple years ago, I purchased a larger and more life-like artificial tree. However, I was on the fence between buying a pre-lit or unlit tree. In the past, several pre-lit decorations - mostly wreaths and garland- stop working (usually before Christmas, ugh!). And, changing fuses never seemed to fix the problem nor did trying each bulb one-by-one. In the end, I would get out the wire cutters and spend an hour or two cutting out the pre-lit wires and clips.
After much debate, I chose the pre-lit option. I am happy to say, four years later the lights still work. However, there was one thing I didn't like... how bright the tree was late at night. I was looking for a soft glow, and got blinding lights (of Christmas glee). My spouse suggested to try a plug-in lamp dimmer and it worked so great I had to share this! I got a dimmer on Amazon for Halogen and Incandescent Bulbs (link below) but they also had a LED version.
NOTE: Remember to follow the basic guidelines for electrical safety.
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