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How Many Lights Do I Need For My Christmas Tree?

We've clubbed together all our extensive knowledge of dressing trees and reckon our guide pretty much covers any situation.

As a general rule of thumb, we always recommend you know roughly the height, width and type of tree you want to cover in sets of Christmas lights. Once you've got this information you can easily put together our really simply formula.

How many sets of lights do I need for my tree?

Use 100 lights per 3 feet of height...

Based on the principle of 100 lights over 10 metres of cable (10 cm bulb spacing) we'd always follow our rule of thumb of 100 lights for every 3 feet of height. If you're lighting up a deciduous tree in your garden that's roughly 10 feet high, you'll need at least 300 lights (30 metres) to have a decent looking spread of lighting. Depending on your personal taste, you may want to add more bulbs for added sparkle, but don't go below our rule of thumb or you'll have a bare looking tree.

How many lights for a 6 foot Christmas tree?

Use 20 metres or 200 lights for a 6 foot tree, making sure you weave into the middle, around the trunk and out to each branch. For indoor trees, you may be thinking that 20 metres sounds totally ridiculous however if you've got a set of Christmas tree lights on a light weight cable, you'll soon be amazed how quickly you'll use the lights.

How many set of lights for a fir tree outside?

Fir trees tend to be full and you can't see through them like a deciduous tree that's shed it's leaves already. Bearing this in mind you'll find to achieve the same full lighting appearance you may need extra sets of lights. If you're dressing just one side of a Christmas fir tree then use our trusty method above, however if you want to light up all sides of your fir tree you'll have to double up! If you choose connectable lights it's much easier to 'guestimate' as you can just add another set at a later date if needed.

What about lighting up a tree trunk?

We believe trees look beautiful with a perfectly symmetrical candy cane, twisted, set of lights. This doesn't just have to be for Christmas trees, but we feel it finishes a display off! You'll find wrapping too tight gives your tree a disproportion as your branches will have less light bulbs in such a small area, so keep your distance to around 25cm going up your trunk.

How do I light my mini Christmas tree?

If you're a fan of more manageable mini Christmas trees, then you'll need a set or two of battery operated Christmas lights to bring the sparkle to your table top. Weave into branches for a fuller appearance, or simply place on the tips if using a single set. For porches & small potted trees there's also battery outdoor Christmas lights available with a handy timer too.

So there you have it, a really quick and easy way to estimate how many lights you'll need for your Christmas tree. For any further advice you can call us on 01423 816040 and our expert team will be delighted to help you.

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