I can't find this damned Christmas tree...
November 18, 2017 6:06 PM   Subscribe

Last year, when it was too late to buy a Christmas tree, I saw a beautiful, pre-lit artificial Christmas tree on a blog, and now I can't find it again.

The thing I remember most about the tree was that there were tiny masses of lights at the ends of the branches of the tree. They were lights that look like tiny little round bumps, instead of the usual miniature Christmas light bulbs, and there were sort of clusters of them instead of individual lights on a normal strand. They were white lights. I know this was a tree for sale, because the blog linked to a source where the tree was totally sold out. I would love to buy a tree like it this year. Can you help me?
posted by ersatzkat to Shopping (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
have you tried looking at the search results on pinterest?
if you can find the image again usually doing a reverse lookup for the image on google will turn up a shopping result.
posted by wowenthusiast at 6:45 PM on November 18, 2017

Uh... I found this one, but it's 9 feet tall.

And $2,000.

(The white light tree is cheaper but out of stock.)
posted by elsietheeel at 6:53 PM on November 18, 2017

How about this one?
posted by elsietheeel at 7:03 PM on November 18, 2017

I don't think that either of these are quite it, but just in case? This one looks pretty close to what you're describing, and the lights, though gold in the default picture, are LEDs that can do multi, white, or gold. This seems a little less on the nose, with "warm white" lights, but the first picture looks a bit like what you're looking for.
posted by mishafletch at 7:28 PM on November 18, 2017

It's not quite clusters at the END of the branches, but maybe something like this?
posted by sprezzy at 1:34 AM on November 19, 2017

Could it have been a fibre optic tree?

These have a single light in the base and then use fibre optics to bring the light to the branches. The end of each cable is filed off to give a light. Typically you get little clusters of tiny, almost pinprick, light at the end of each branch.

I'm struggling to find a picture that shows the effect properly.
posted by matsho at 2:22 AM on November 19, 2017 [1 favorite]

Were they cluster lights? The bulbs are rounder than traditional candle-shaped lights, but they still have a long stalk. If so, you can try searching for trees pre-lit with those. Also, try searching for ones with LED lights that aren't candle-shaped.
posted by bluefly at 6:34 AM on November 19, 2017 [1 favorite]

Sounds like fiberoptic lights. try adding that to your search.
posted by theora55 at 10:28 AM on November 19, 2017

You guys! You each gave me enough to reset my search terms and I totally found it (here). Thanks! (Crikey, that's an expensive tree - but I love it!)
posted by ersatzkat at 9:49 AM on November 20, 2017 [1 favorite]

That IS a damn fine looking tree! Since the cluster lighted tree seems to be A Thing, maybe there will be Black Friday sales around the internets so you can find a reasonable facsimile for less.
posted by elsietheeel at 10:16 AM on November 20, 2017

Those are not so much fiberoptic lights as tiny LEDs, I think. I saw similar LED string lights at Pottery Barn, but can't find them online. Walmart has these and many others.
posted by theora55 at 3:22 PM on November 20, 2017

They're called cluster lights.
posted by elsietheeel at 3:28 PM on November 20, 2017

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