How Many Lights Do I Need for My Christmas Tree?

How Many Lights Do I Need for My Christmas Tree?

Whether you’ve got a real or an artificial Christmas tree, every tree needs Christmas lights to make it look truly festive. However, getting the right amount of lights can be tricky. Follow our guide to make sure you achieve the look you want.

How Many Lights Do I Need?

For a basic look our number one rule is at least 100 bulbs per 1ft of tree – so that would mean a 6ft tree needs a minimum of 600 LEDs. For a fuller look you can add as many lights as you want but we recommend upwards of 700 for a 6ft tree.

What About Different Styles?

The different styles of lights will impact the number of bulbs you need for your tree as each light style has different placement and you can achieve different looks with them.

String Lights

String lights are a classic light otherwise known as fairy lights and are what most people think of first when it comes to decorating the tree. However, string lights are spread out and more sparse than other light styles so to achieve a full look you may need more lights. However, if you’re happy with a more spread out appearance for your tree then you can stick to the numbers recommended below:

String Lights
String Lights
String Lights

For a fuller look, add a few hundred extra to the above recommendation so 800 for a 6ft tree.

Cluster Lights

Cluster lights have many more lights per metre than string lights and therefore are already designed to offer a full look. We recommend the following numbers to achieve a well-lit glow for your Christmas tree:

Cluster Lights
Cluster Lights
Cluster Lights

Compact Cluster Lights

Otherwise known as Christmas Tree Lights these compact cluster lights are designed to give your tree a really full and bright look as they offer 4 times as many lights as string lights. We recommend the following numbers to achieve the desired full look:

Compact Cluster Lights
Compact Cluster Lights
Compact Cluster Lights

What About Different Colours?

Whilst colour shouldn’t impact the amount of lights you need really, sometimes brighter lights can have a harsher appearance and you may require less. Therefore, if you want a really bright cool white tree or a multicoloured tree, you probably want to go for a string light so that the lights are more spread out and not overwhelming.

For subtler colours like warm white and copper glow you are better off going for compact clusters or cluster lights as the fuller appearance will really complement these colours.