Over The Top Christmas Lights
2011 - Behind the Scenes


2011 brought a new method of decorating the Mysore Fig Tree. I was able to find net on eBay to cover the roots of the tree then using twisty tie I attached the lights to the net and where needed I small snack bags filled with sand and attached with bent paper clips were used to help weigh the net down. See below for more detail. I also added more stakes with C7 lights and added C9 lights to the roof. The final Christmas Light count was 15,755 using 98 amps of electricity on 10 dedicated 20 amp breakers. I used 610' x 2' of net (1220 sq ft), over 400' of twisty tie, 25 lbs of sand, 4650 lights on the roots, and 1772 lights in LED rope lights around the roots.

I want to thank Calusa Electric for their help with the electical work; sellers on eBay, nautical-nets-bouys-and-more that provided the net and xcceries that provided the LED rope lights all at great prices; and I would like to mention Target and Lowes where I bought my lights and extention cords.

Click on a picture to watch a show of the lights.




A slide show lasting about 7 minutes and using almost 100 pictures of the 2011 Christmas Lights.



A 40 second video of the electric meter without lights on and with lights on.



Click on a picture to enlarge it.


I used 2' wide strips of black nylon square mesh netting #18.

I used 2' wide strips of black nylon square mesh netting #18.

I used 2' wide strips of black nylon square mesh netting #18.

I used 2' wide strips of black nylon square mesh netting #18.

I used 3.5" strips of twisty tie to attach the lights to the net.

I used 3.5" strips of twisty tie to attach the lights to the net.

Small snack sized bags filled with sand were attached using bent paper clips.

This is what a few strands of lights looked like at night.

The whole tree lit up at night.

The whole tree lit up at night.


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