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How many Christmas Lights do I need to decorate my tree?

How many Christmas Lights do I need to decorate my tree?

This is probably one of the most common questions we receive during the holiday season. The question is difficult to answer, because the answer depends a lot on personal preference. However, you can make a fairly reliable estimate based on the size of your tree. Use the chart below to determine the number of lights needed based on the size and shape of your tree.

Tree Height M5, G12, 5MM, or C6 Bulb Shapes C7 or C9 Bulb Shapes
2' – 3' Full 140 - 280 50 - 150
4' – 5' Full 280 - 420 150 - 225
6' – 7' Slender 210 - 350 150 - 225
6' – 7' Full 420 - 630 225 – 325
8' – 9' Slender 350 - 490 225 – 325
8' – 9' Full 560 - 840 325 – 425
10' – 11' Slender 490 - 630 325 – 450
10' – 11' Full 700 - 1050 425 – 550
12' – 14' Slender 630 - 770 450 – 600
12' – 14' Full 840 - 1400 550 – 675
15' – 17' Full 1050 - 1610 675 – 800
18' – 20' Full 1260 - 1890 800 – 950

Lighting Tips

  • A standard rule is one set of lights per foot of tree height (6’ tall tree = 6 sets of lights). Slim line trees, usually require one set of lights per 1’-2’ of tree height
  • Have an extension cord handy to plug the lights into – always make sure to test the lights prior to using them
  • Always have the lights plugged in while you work
  • To light the tree, work from the bottom of the tree upward. Continue to move around the tree as you light
  • Start by lighting the inside of the tree near the center trunk. Wrap the lights around the branches and work your way out and back again as you move up the tree
  • Wrapping the lights around the branches helps keep wires hidden – this gives you a professional and clean looking finished product
  • If you have end-to-end lights, you can add more sets by plugging them into each other. Or, an extra extension cord may be necessary to plug lights into as you work toward the top of the tree.
  • Need to add more lights but don’t have an end of a set (female plug) to plug into? You can plug additional sets into the female plug on the backside of the male plug, to add additional lights where you need them.

    Decorating Tips

  • To create a perfect sense of balance, place smaller ornaments at the top of the tree, and position larger ornaments near the middle and bottom of the tree.
  • As you start to build your theme, create a focal point either at the top or the bottom of the tree
  • Carry the theme through, with appropriate decorative garland or ribbon
  • Place props in the tree to enhance or reinforce the product and theme