People have been putting lights on their Christmas trees since the late 1800s. Back then, people would glue candles to their Christmas tree branches using melted wax. Alternately, some chose to simply use pins to attach the lights to the branches.

In 1882, the Vice President of Thomas Edison’s electric company made history by decorating his Christmas tree with eighty red, white and blue lights. At that time each light was roughly the size of a large walnut. Eight years later, the Edison Electric Light Company released a holiday brochure in which they advertised tiny lamps meant to be put on Christmas trees.

Safer Christmas Tree Lights

During the early 1900s glass balls and small lanterns were used to attach lights to trees. Department stores even began to use Christmas lights as a part of their holiday displays. However, there was concern about these lights being unsafe to use. An inventor, in 1917, had an idea of how to make it safer. At just 15-years-old, Albert Sadacca would secure his place in the history of Christmas tree lights. His success in making lights safer led to the creation of the National Outfit Manufacturers Association. It would eventually transform into the NOMA Electric Company and was, at one time, the largest manufacturer of Christmas lights.

Now that virtually everyone who puts up a tree decorates it with lights, it is important to know how to safely use them on a real tree. A dried out tree can present a fire hazard. This means that real trees should be kept far from any source of heat. They should also be watered on a regular basis so they don’t dry out. Finally, it is best to turn off the lights before going to bed at night.

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