08 April 18

Guide to Christmas Light Bulbs

Everything You Need to Know About The Difference Types of Christmas Light Bulbs, Base Sizes, and Bulb Finishes.

Light bulb Size Comparison

Holiday Lights Bulb Sizes

Difference between C7 and C9 Christmas Lights and More

Christmas bulbs come in two standard sizes, C7 and C9. In addition to the standard sizes, there are also round bulbs (G20, G30, G45, G80), mini string lights, and patio lights in various shapes and sizes.

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Christmas Light Bases

Retrofit Bulb Base / Socket Sizes

Christmas bulbs come with various bases, but the two most common are E12 (aka candelabra) and E17 (aka intermediate). The numbers refer to the width of the base (12mm and 17mm).

Village Lighting is the only company that provides C9 bulbs with an E12 base allowing you to have big bulb Christmas lights on your existing E12 wiring.

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Light Bulb Base Size Comparison

Classic and Modern Lighting Solutions

The Traditional Incandescent vs. Cutting-Edge SMD LED

The classic incandescent look of a wire filament creates a warm and inviting glow in your lights. Incandescent bulbs are more fragile, and need to be replaced more often. Additionally, while they are a less expensive bulb, they require more electricity leading to highter electrical bills. But who could argue with that cozy home look of the incandescent.

A modern LED bulb give you a hightly efficient and brilliant shine. SMD (Surface Mounted Device) LED are a small, square chip at the base of your bulb that are more durable, emit more light, and more energy efficient. We have enhanced the SMD LED with our Projector Series™ bulbs, which use a refractive lens that allows the brighter LED light to reflect off of smooth edges to give it the look of a classic incandescent filament. With the Projector Series™ bulbs, you truly get the best of both world.

Bulb Surface Finish

Decorating Your House with Character

The most common Holiday lights come in three surface finish types; Ceramic (aka opaque), Transparent, and Faceted. Faceted bulbs have a crystal look that offers a unique sparkle. Ceramic bulbs evenly dispurse the light, giving it a solid glow. Transparent bulbs display filaments or diodes for a more traditional look.

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Colors, Styles, or Variety

Vivid and brilliant colors that amaze and dazzle all those who gaze upon them.


  • Winter White

    Winter White - 4300-4600k

    As white as it gets. Bring a chilly, wintery feel to your holiday.

  • Warm Clear

    Warm Clear - 3200-3500k

    Not as yellow as incandescent, but still warm and classic.

  • Champagne

    Champagne - 2000-2300k

    The closest shade to incandescent that we've ever seen.


  • Red


    Rich and vibrant, like that famous reindeer, what was his name again?

  • Amber


    Toasted orange color that is sure to make your neighbors jealous

  • Yellow


    Bright, pure and clean color just perfect for that special occasion.

  • Green


    Fresh cut grass and finely wrapped presents, this green looks great.

  • Blue


    Looking for something different? Our blue is spectacular to see in person.

  • Purple


    Most don't lean toward purple, but once you see it, it may just be your new favorite color.

  • Pink


    Support all things pretty in pink. Nobody can make you like pink like we can.


  • Multi

    Multi- RBYAG

    Why settle for just one color when you can have them all?

Tech Specs

The More You Know, The More your Lights Glow

  • ≤ 200 bulbs

    Connect up to 200 LED Lights together with one power source

  • C7 Bulb

    The globes of our C7 lighting measures 2cm wide x 3.5cm tall

  • C9 Bulb

    The globes of our C9 lighting measures 3cm wide x 5cm tall

  • The Best Variety

    Different bulbs, bases and styles including transparent, faceted and ceramic options.

  • SMD 3528 Chip

    C7 & C9 LED bulbs have a SMD LED measuring 3.5mm x 2.8mm

  • UL Listed

    Quality is a top priority, so all lights are UL listed and approved

  • Indoor & Outdoor

    Our lights are for the professional, so they have to work for indoor and outdoor use.

  • One-Year Limited Warranty

    We back our lights with a one-year warranty.

  • 158% Energy Efficient

    Compared to incandescent. Based on .8w for LED and 5w for incandescent

  • 120v | 60Hz | 8w

    Standard string lights will require AC power input.

  • 20,000-hour Light Lifespan

    Based on seasonal use, 6hrs a day with proper electrical input.

  • Shell Thickness

    Standard shell thickness for a transparent bulb is 1.1mm, ceramic solid.