DIFFERENCES IN LIGHT BULB SIZES


Difference in Christmas light bulb sizes


Mini Lights| Mini lights are the most common incandescent and LED size used in Christmas decorating. They tend to run between .5 and 2 watts in brightness and have a base that snaps into sockets instead of screwing in.

C9| C9 bulbs are mostly used in outdoor decorations due to their size, brightness and heat they give off. They run about 7 watts in brightness and have a screw in base. They are usually available in both incandescent and LED.

C7| C7 bulbs are the most common C style and are often referred to as looking Retro. The have an average brightness of about 5 watts and have a screw in base. Bubble lights are often this size. They are usually available in both incandescent and LED.

C6| C6 bulbs were once the original C style bulb used for Christmas decorating, but are now uncommon and are most likely only available in LED.

G20 and G12| G style lights are similar to mini lights for their style and useage. They often come in a faceted crystal appearance and are most likely only available in LED.

M5| M5 mini bulbs are very similar to regular mini bulbs. They are the same size and shape, but the surface is heavily faceted. LED lights project straight out unless otherwise reflected, so the facets help diffuse the bright light.

Rectified Conical| Rectified conical, also known as wide angle bulbs, are the same width of mini lights, but instead of a long cylindrical tube, the light is a short, convex cylinder. Because LED lights project straight out unless otherwise reflected, these lights shine rather intensly.

Bubble Lights| Bubble lights often have the same base as a C7 bulb and are able to screw into a C7 socket. Most bubble lights are incandescent because heat is needed to boil the liquid in order to make the bubbling effect. Bubble lights are safe to use on your tree or garland, indoors or outdoors.

HOW TO WRAP LIGHTS ON A TREE


STEP 1| Secure an extension cord (with pipe cleaner) to tree pole to plug in lights (leaving top outlet clear for tree topper).

STEP 2| Work from the bottom of the tree to the top. Start at the back of the tree branch (nearest pole).

STEP 3| Plugging your light string into extension cord, begin snuggly wrapping lights around branch "base" coming towards the front, circling back in a crisscross on the front branch tip. (see red in diagram.)

STEP 4| From front branch tip, selectively work your way back and onto other branch tips following the same twist and crisscrossing back pattern (see black in diagram) until you reach the back base of the branch where you started.

STEP 5| From there, bring your cord over to the back of the next branch "base" and repeat, working your way up the tree.

Watch a video demonstration on how to wrap lights around your christmas tree.

A closer look at how a Bronner's decorator wraps lights around a tree.

Video demonstration on how to wrap lights around your wreath.

Please Note | For C7 & C9 lights

Trees 7 feet and under: height multiplied by diameter, then divide by two.

Trees over 7 feet: height multiplied by diameter, then divide by three.

Example: a 6 foot tree with a diameter of 45 inches would be as follows
6 x 45 = 270 / 2 = 135 lights


*check packaging for approved use on trees

Tree Height # of Mini Lights # of LED Lights
2 Feet 50 Bulbs 35-50 Bulbs
3 Feet 100 Bulbs 50-100 Bulbs
4.5 Feet 250 Bulbs 200-250 Bulbs
5 Feet 350 Bulbs 300-400 Bulbs
6.5 Feet 450 Bulbs 400-600 Bulbs
7.5 Feet 650 Bulbs 600-700 Bulbs
8 Feet 750 Bulbs 700-800 Bulbs
9 Feet 850 Bulbs 800-900 Bulbs
10 Feet 950 Bulbs 900-1000 Bulbs
12 Feet 1150 Bulbs 1000-1100 Bulbs
14 Feet 1350 Bulbs 1100-1200 Bulbs

Novelty Lights at your own discretion.
Garland Length # of Mini Lights # of LED Lights
6 Feet 50 Bulbs 50 Bulbs
9 Feet 100 Bulbs 100 Bulbs
50 Feet 600-700 Bulbs 300-400 Bulbs
100 Feet 1200-1400 Bulbs 600-800 Bulbs
Wreath Size # of Mini or LED Lights
24 Inch 35-50 Bulbs
30 Inch 35-50 Bulbs
36 Inch 50-100 Bulbs
42 Inch 100-150 Bulbs
60 Inch 150-250 Bulbs
72 Inch 250-400 Bulbs
*Suggested quantities are approximations only.