There’s nothing like the sparkle of Christmas tree lights to bring magic to your holiday celebrations. A tree without illumination just seems bare, don’t you think?

Do you prefer the steady glow of traditional lights or an animated display? Before you jump into buying the pre-lit Christmas tree of your dreams, here’s a guide to help you find out which lighting option suits your decorating plans best.

What are the Different Christmas Tree Light Bulb Types?

Choosing between traditional lights versus LEDs is simply a matter of preference. Here’s the lowdown on both types, as well as their pros and cons.

Traditional Incandescent Christmas Tree Lights

Blue Christmas tree with traditional Christmas tree lights
Let the Basics True Blue Tree add a soft, warm glow to your home with its incandescent Christmas tree lights.

Traditional Christmas tree lights have a warm and familiar glow. A traditional incandescent bulb has a wire filament. When it heats up to a certain temperature, it produces light. A translucent glass bulb that is either filled with inert gas or vacuum covers the metal wire.

Pros

  • Emit a soft, warm glow
  • Lower initial costs

Cons

  • Shorter lifespan compared to other light types, at approximately 1,200 hours
  • Less energy-efficient than LEDs
  • Heat up easily

LED Christmas Tree Lights

Pink Christmas tree with clear LED Christmas lights
This pre-lit Pink Christmas tree comes with energy-efficient LED lights.

Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) have gained popularity in recent years because they are durable and energy-efficient. They don’t have filaments, so they produce less heat than traditional incandescent lights. LED lights are covered with sturdier lenses as opposed to fragile glass, which makes them a safer choice and less prone to damage. LEDs can also produce a specific color which eliminates the need for colored glass as cover.

Pros

  • Use at least 75% less energy than traditional lights
  • Long lifespan of approximately 50,000 to 100,000 hours
  • Glow brighter than incandescent lights which means you’ll need fewer lights to light up a tree

Cons

  • Can sometimes appear bluish
  • May cost more than incandescent lights 

What Christmas Light Colors Do You Want for Your Tree?

Colors of Incandescent Lights

If you like the warm glow of candlelight, then clear lights would be the perfect choice. If you’re decorating according to a particular color palette, make a statement with lights that match your tree’s color. Multicolored Christmas lights, on the other hand, create a playful atmosphere.

Clear
Light up your colorful tree with the warm and classic glow of candlelight, just like this 100% Orange Christmas Tree.
One Color
A monochromatic look for a style that’s truly yours, such as red lights on our Lipstick Red Tree.
Multicolored
A bright and merry mix of colored lights to make your tree pop out even more, just like this Winter White Christmas Tree.

Colors of LED Christmas Tree Lights

Clear
The warm, candle-like glow of traditional lights in clear LEDs gives this Stars and Stripes Christmas Tree just the right amount of sparkle.
Multicolored
Go for jewel-toned LEDs for a fun and festive feel, just as how it transformed this metallic Space Odyssey Artificial Christmas Tree.
Color-changing LEDs
Get the best of both worlds with lights that switch from clear to multicolored or interchanging, just like Treetopia’s Portland Pine Christmas Tree.
Treetopia’s Color Blast Technology
Enjoy an animated light display featuring unconventional colors, such as this Color Blast Winter White Tree.

Treetopia’s Color Blast Christmas Trees

Enjoy a spectacular light show this Christmas with Treetopia’s Color Blast technology.

Enjoy a Christmas tree gleaming with unique light colors and have fun as you animate them. At a touch of a button, you can go from warm white to a multicolored steady glow, or choose from 10 animated light modes. Customize the brightness, adjust the speed, and select a specific color from the color wheel, all through one remote control.

More on Christmas Tree Lights

The number of lights you need will depend on the height of your Christmas tree. Pre-lit Christmas trees are already designed with the recommended number of bulbs according to the manufacturer’s standards. If you decide to purchase your own Christmas string lights, a rule of thumb is to have about 100 to 150 traditional lights per foot of your tree.  

For more tips on how to string Christmas tree lights like a pro, visit our guide here.

Still undecided? Explore Treetopia’s pre-lit colorful Christmas trees, Color Blast trees, or pre-lit green artificial trees for options.

Christmas tree lights play an important role in making the holidays fun, festive, and fabulous, in a way that’s all you! Share this post if you found this guide helpful in choosing the type of Christmas lights that suits your decorating style best.

2 Comments

  1. Melody Purcell Higgins Reply

    Was wondering where to get replacement bulbs for your prelit trees?

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