Yesterday after sharing this table setting for Tablescape Thursday, I received a few emails and some comments from folks asking how I handled the wiring/lighting for the lit mercury-glass trees.
Another question I received was regarding the little glowing orbs. Someone asked if they were actually lit or just reflecting light from the trees.
The lighting was actually really easy to do–nothing high-tech. But first, let’s look back in time to another table setting with a lit centerpiece.
Remember this Christmas table setting with lit houses from December 2009? To date, this is still the most fun I have ever had creating a centerpiece for a tablescape.
The lighting for this table was handled in a similar way to how I managed it for the trees in yesterday’s table. If you missed this table setting, you’ll find it here: Christmas Table Setting with Dept 56 Lit Houses Centerpiece
So, how did I handle the lighting for this past Dept. 56 table setting and for the one yesterday with the lit mercury-glass trees and orbs? Let’s start with the glowing orbs, those were indeed lit and weren’t just reflecting the light from the trees.
They were lit by LED lights, operated via a battery box tucked underneath a few layers of cedar. That’s all that was needed for those. I just tucked all the cords for the lights down into the cedar garland, as best I could. Super easy!
For the lighting of the mercury glass trees,
I placed a separate strand of lights up inside each tree. Notice the cutout on the right side. These Pottery Barn lit trees are designed to accommodate lights…not all mercury glass trees are. So if you want your’s to be lit, make sure you buy trees with open bottoms and trees that are designed to handle the heat from the lights.
I ran the lighting cords from the trees underneath the cedar garland to a crack I left between the leaves in the table.
Here’s how it look underneath the table, all three cords piggy-back plugged into each other and plugged into an extension cord.
So, this meant I had one cord running out from under the table to an outlet that’s located under the sideboard/mirror. I created this table for Tablescape Thursday but in the past when I’ve created a table with a lit centerpiece where folks were actually going to be dining, I put tape over the cord on the floor to make sure no one tripped over it. It’s such a short distance from the table to the sideboard in my little dining room, that this works fine.
If you don’t want any electrical cords coming out from under your table or you would have to run one way too far across a room to make this work, I’m sure you can purchase battery operated lights for your trees. I haven’t shopped for those but I’m sure they are out there.
This is very similar to the way I lit the houses when I created the Dept. 56 centerpiece. Each house is lit individually. As I recall, I plugged each cord from each house into its neighboring house, piggy-back style. The cords all ran behind the houses down the center of the table out of view of my guests. I had left just enough space along the back side of the houses to accommodate the cords. I also cut greenery from the yard to create two little “trees” and those help to camouflage the cords even more.
Again, I left a crack between the leaves of the table to accommodate the few cords that needed to go through and I plugged those into a single extension cord under the table, running it to the outlet under the sideboard.
You can see the size crack needed to accommodate the cords there to the left of the knife. It doesn’t take a very big space.
Hope you found this post helpful for your lit centerpieces.
You’ll find the tablesape with the lit Dept. 56 houses here: Christmas Table Setting with Dept 56 Lit Houses Centerpiece
There are lots of close-ups so grab a cup of hot chocolate and be prepared to enter another world.