Guide to Fibre Optic Christmas Trees

Fibre optic trees are still popular at Christmas time, for anyone wanting that retro look in their home. I hope my guide to these colourful artificial Christmas trees gets you in the festive mood.

Created by Nathan James Dodd on Tuesday, 3rd of December, 2013.
Updated on Wednesday, 4th of December, 2013.


Fibre Optic Christmas Tree

Since they became popular, artificial trees have undergone much change and innovation but until relatively recently no real game changing moments of brilliance. Someone running from the Christmas tree design department shouting Eureka! hasn't been a regular event.

Feather trees, popular until the 1920s, were overtaken by the relentless onset of plastic. Even though they were less than convincing, the new style sold surprisingly well until competition in the form of tinsel and aluminium came along in the swinging sixties.

These garish trees reflected the effervescent times and were the antithesis of a natural tree. They were about as far removed from a Christmas tree as Alvin Stardust is from Keith Richards. But, however naff, they sold in their millions.

Since then, more lifelike trees have made a comeback. Convincingly natural in both look and feel, some can hardly be differentiated from real Scandinavian pine, spruce and fir. Especially when a dusting of frost and snow has been added together with berries and cones.

The Arrival of Fibre Optics

However, sometimes a technological advance in any aspect of life can radically alter the status quo. This year's model is so in tune with public taste and utilizes new technology so well that last year's design is instantly consigned to history.

And as far as Christmas trees are concerned, this happened with the advent of fibre optics.

Developed with perhaps more serious applications in mind such as communications and medicine, the fibre optic is a flexible, extremely very fine tube made from glass or plastic through which light can be transmitted.

It didn't take long for its decorative qualities to be appreciated and now vibrant fibre optic Christmas trees glisten, sparkle and shimmer to the delight of everyone who loves the magic of the festive season.

The Multi-coloured Crystal Effect Tree has become established as the most popular. Running through the spectrum it exhibits a rainbow effect that is difficult to capture in words. Its beauty really has to be seen to be believed. Especially welcoming in a porch, this special tree will decorate any lounge or household space with distinctive vividness.

A similar style is available with lanterns providing additional decoration. More restrained is the Crystal Tip Tree, traditionally shaped, it has been brought up to date and will twinkle attractively to everyone's enjoyment.

Dazzling and Flamboyant

Other fibre optic Christmas trees are decorated with cones and berries, dazzling silver flowers, flamboyant multi-coloured poinsettias and stars. The subtle and soft changing hues of branches can be complemented by colourful bows or iridescent tinsel tips. Showy snowflakes or cool white, bright red and glittering gold petals are amongst some other alternative embellishments.

The Black Sparkle Tree has a stylish contemporary look while the 4 Colour LED Tree has dozens of brightly coloured LEDs set against a shimmering and constantly changing chromatic background.

With trees ranging in size from 45cm (18ins) to 210cm (6ft 9ins), Premier are the leading exponents of this stunning technology that uses strands that are the width of a human hair.  

However one other tree that stands out from the crowd is marketed by Widmanns.  Available in four sizes, it has a classy look with naturalistic green foliage combined with real pine cones and very realistic red berries. The branches themselves are interspersed with delicate colour changing fibre optics.

Christmas decorations are all about colour and light. Outside is so dark and drab that we need showy and exciting fibre optic Christmas trees to bring vitality and joy into our lives at a time when these qualities are most in demand.

Related Articles

Poinsettias Now Available From Our Garden Centre

Poinsettias Now Available From Our Garden Centre

With Christmas rapidly approaching, our New Oscott Garden Centre has just taken delivery of that most seasonal of plants – the Poinsettia. These are David Hall's tips on to how to keep these beautiful plants at their colourful best.

Author: David Hall

Written by David Hall.
Published on Thursday, 8th of December, 2016.

GardenSite Donates Christmas Tree To Hospice

GardenSite Donates Christmas Tree To Hospice

Our garden centre has been part of the local community for over 60 years, so when one of our partners, David Coton, received a request to donate a Christmas tree to a nearby hospice, he had no hesitation in helping them out.

Author: Robert Hall

Written by Robert Hall.
Published on Wednesday, 7th of December, 2016.

Novelty Indoor Illuminated Christmas Decorations

Novelty Indoor Illuminated Christmas Decorations

In the past Christmas decorations were limited to streamers and fairy lights, but not any more as Robert Hall discovered when reviewing the huge range of novelty Christmas items that are brought to life by LEDs.

Author: Robert Hall

Written by Robert Hall.
Published on Monday, 28th of November, 2016.

Create An Outdoor Christmas Lighting Display

Create An Outdoor Christmas Lighting Display

Whether contemporary or traditional, Outdoor Christmas Lighting adds a magical dimension to everyone's celebrations. With modern technology, Nathan James Dodd suggests that there's a huge choice of lighting and brilliant effects to satisfy even the most vivid imagination.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Tuesday, 15th of December, 2015.

comments powered by Disqus

RSS

View RSS Feed

Author

Nathan James Dodd

Garden Designer

View Profile

Follow Us!

Recent Articles

Poinsettias Now Available From Our Garden Centre

Poinsettias Now Available From Our Garden Centre

With Christmas rapidly approaching, our New Oscott Garden Centre has just taken delivery of that most seasonal of plants – the Poinsettia. These are David Hall's tips on to how to keep these beautiful plants at their colourful best.

Author: David Hall

Written by David Hall.
Published on Thursday, 8th of December, 2016.

GardenSite Donates Christmas Tree To Hospice

GardenSite Donates Christmas Tree To Hospice

Our garden centre has been part of the local community for over 60 years, so when one of our partners, David Coton, received a request to donate a Christmas tree to a nearby hospice, he had no hesitation in helping them out.

Author: Robert Hall

Written by Robert Hall.
Published on Wednesday, 7th of December, 2016.

How To Choose A Real Christmas Tree

How To Choose A Real Christmas Tree

Many people believe that Christmas would not have the same festive feel without the scent of a 'real' Christmas tree. They're naturally fresh, giving off a lovely aroma, and here Martyn Loach gives advice on which ones to buy..

Author: Martyn Loach

Written by Martyn Loach.
Published on Tuesday, 6th of December, 2016.

Premier Christmas Lights

Premier Christmas Lights

There's a huge selection of Premier Christmas Lights, and it's no wonder why they are market leaders judging by the variety and innovation that's on offer. This is Andy Taylor's guide to their range of top quality lights and decorations.

Author: Andrew Taylor

Written by Andrew Taylor.
Published on Monday, 28th of November, 2016.