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.
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.
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|
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