How many lights should be on a 6ft christmas tree


How Many Lights Do I Need for My Christmas Tree?

Posted December 4, 2021

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.

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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 a different placement and you can achieve different looks with them.

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. String lights are the most spread out light style which look fantastic for a twinkling understated look but if you want to achieve a fuller look, you may need to add more lights. Our recommendations below will help you make the right choice whatever your preference on style.

Recommended numbers:
6ft Trees = 600 LEDs
7ft Trees = 800 LEDS
8ft Trees = 1000 LEDS
9-10ft Trees = 1200 LEDS

2. 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 many more lights per metre when compared to classic string lights. There is 2.5cm spacing between bulbs and they are specifically designed for Christmas trees, making them the ideal choice. We recommend the following numbers to achieve the desired full look.

Recommended numbers:
6ft Trees = 750 LEDs
7ft Trees = 1000 LEDS
8ft Trees = 1500 LEDS
9-10ft Trees = 2000 LEDS

3. Cluster Lights

Cluster Lights have 4 x as many lights per metre than string lights, and only 1.5cm spacing between bulbs versus string lights 5cm spacing 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.

Recommended numbers:
6ft Trees = 480 LEDs
7ft Trees = 720 LEDS
8ft Trees = 960 LEDS
9-10ft Trees = 1500 LEDS

4. Pin Wire Lights

Pin wire lights are becoming increasingly popular and it's no surprise why! These stunning LED Christmas lights sit on a very discreet wire which blend in perfectly with your tree and appear almost invisible. The bulbs are a different shape from other Christmas lights and give a more rounded glow.

Recommended numbers for Pin Wire Compact Clusters:
6ft Trees = 750 LEDs
7ft Trees = 1000 LEDS
8ft Trees = 1500 LEDS
9-10ft Trees = 2000 LEDS

What About Different Colours?

Whilst colour shouldn't impact the number of lights you need, 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.

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The Omni Calculator computes how many lights to put on Christmas trees.

How many lights should go on a Christmas tree?

This question gets asked so often during the holidays that everyone from retailers like Lowe’s to publications like Real Simple and Better Homes & Gardens have tried to answer it.

“A good rule of thumb is 100 lights for every foot-and-a-half of tree,” according to Lowe’s. But Better Homes & Gardens recommends using three 100-light sets for every foot of a tree’s height. And Real Simple suggests 100 lights for every foot.

Since there’s no consensus about just how many lights is right, trimming a tree can be daunting for novice decorators. It’s even given headaches to mathematicians like Troy Henderson, a professor at the University of Mobile’s College of Arts and Sciences in Alabama. Last year, he developed what he describes as a hack to perfectly light a Christmas tree. By thinking of a holiday evergreen as an inverted cone, Henderson used the mathematical concept known as the conical helix to determine the right number of lights for his tree. He explained:

“Our Christmas tree is 3½ feet wide at its base and 8 feet tall. When using 75 feet of lights, the vertical spacing between rotations is about 7 inches. This ensures that if we begin wrapping the lights in a conical helix pattern beginning at the bottom of the tree and vertically space the lights by about 7 inches between successive rotations, the strands of lights will terminate precisely at the top of the tree.”

Henderson has made his Christmas tree light-spacing formula available to the public, and Dominik Czernia and Álvaro Díez, physics doctoral candidates studying in Poland and Turkey, respectively, have expanded on the mathematician’s work. They feature their approach on a web tool called the Omni Calculator. The free calculator factors in tree lights and ornaments and provides users with step-by-step computation and visualization. To use it, you’ll need to know some basic information, such as your tree’s height and bottom diameter, the length and spacing of the light strands, and the diameter of the ornaments you plan to use.

So who’s most likely to use a Christmas tree calculator? Is it designed for the math-and-science crowd or for anyone who wants a perfectly decorated tree? I interviewed Czernia and Omni Calculator Project founder Mateusz Mucha about the tool.

The Omni Calculator can help you figure out how many lights your Christmas tree needs.Omni Calculator
Nadra Nittle

Who knew that decorating a Christmas tree even stumps physicists? What prompted you all to develop a web tool that could simplify this process for everyone?

Dominik Czernia

We had been wondering how many lights and ornaments make a Christmas tree so beautiful. To our surprise, it was impossible for us to make at least some rough estimations. With the help of Dr. Henderson’s formula, we developed our intuitive tool with visualization of your perfect tree with lights and baubles. The best thing about it is the simplicity — all you need to enter are your tree’s dimensions.

Nadra Nittle

The conical helix is the key to the calculator. Can you describe how this pattern works in more detail?

Dominik Czernia

We surely can all agree that when we look at the Christmas tree, its shape reminds us of a cone, a pyramid with a circular base. So what does the conical helix have in common with a cone? Imagine you’ve got a ribbon that you attach to the top of a cone. Then start wrapping it around the cone, moving downwards until you reach the base. The curve formed by the ribbon is a conical helix.

Nadra Nittle

Using the conical helix pattern, it’s helpful to look at a Christmas tree from the top while decorating it. Why is that?

Dominik Czernia

One of the aesthetic factors that please most people is uniformity. The best way to check it is to look at a Christmas tree from the top so you can see every single ornament on it. Do they look uniformly distributed from that point of view? Perfect! That’s what we’re aiming for. This is another unique feature of a conical helix; it gives us excellent uniformity.

Nadra Nittle

An efficiently decorated tree might even help cut down on electricity costs. That’s amazing.

Dominik Czernia

It surely could help. The larger number of lights naturally translates into higher power consumption. However, we don’t want to resign from the lights entirely; they’re one of those things which bring a magical Christmas atmosphere. What we can do, though, is plan in advance how bright our Christmas tree should be to buy light strands of appropriate length.

This allows us to avoid the situation in which the light strand is too long, and we hide it somewhere in the tree foliage or leave it trailing on the floor. But still, these redundant lights will use electricity and generate costs! A well-decorated tree has uniformly distributed lights around; thus, it looks as pretty as we wanted, and simultaneously, the length of strands is perfectly adjusted to the Christmas tree’s dimensions.

Nadra Nittle

Who’s the target audience for the Omni Calculator? Is it mostly math-and-science types, or have normies expressed interest?

Mateusz Mucha

Omni Calculator is used both by geeks and people who aren’t as confident with math, but it’s actually the latter group we think about the most. People have thousands of decisions to make that they should base on numbers. But they don’t think in terms of math formulas, don’t have the time, or just don’t feel like making this effort. And they end up making bad decisions. It’s our goal to make this process easy, fast, and kind of fun so that people are more likely to do the math.

Nadra Nittle

On the Omni Calculator site, there’s a funny gif of Monica from Friends. She turns a Christmas tree around to show off her expertly decorated side of the tree and to hide the very messy side her friends decorated. Do you think Monica would use your calculator?

Mateusz Mucha

Sure, but it’s actually Joey and Rachel who could get the most value out of it. Chandler suffers through Excel every day, so he’d be capable. Ross would somehow make the tree about dinosaurs, and Phoebe would try to save the tree and homeless squirrels instead.

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Christmas tree garland

Having chosen a Christmas tree, it is equally important to find the right decorations for it. The most important is the garland. It brings the atmosphere of the New Year to the installed room. It is important to choose the right length of the garland for the Christmas tree. Otherwise, the tree will become dull and hardly noticeable.

Content:
  • How to choose the length of the Christmas tree garland

    • Depending on the size of the Christmas tree

    • Depending on the shape of the lamps

    • Depending on cord size

    • Features Christmas tree garland

    • Modes

    • Dimensions

    • Coating or material

  • Conclusion

  • How to choose the length of a Christmas tree garland

    Choosing the length of a Christmas tree garland is necessary, taking into account the size of the tree, the shape of the bulbs and the design of the cord.

    The length of the garland itself sometimes depends on this. It should also be taken into account that on many packages the length of the garland is considered together with the cord, which can eventually become an unpleasant surprise when decorating a tree.

    Depending on the size of the tree

    The length of the tree is the main criterion when choosing a garland. It is convenient to navigate when choosing a garland. The formula by which the size of the LED strip is calculated: 3.14 * spruce height \u003d garland length. It is desirable to add 10% to this result so that there is a small margin.

    For large premises such as a kindergarten, a work office, commercial premises for children's activities, large fir trees are mainly chosen, their length varies from 2 meters and above. To decorate such a tall tree and give everyone a festive atmosphere, you need to immediately choose a suitable garland, because. several small ones will be problematic to connect. And also unsafe, because. small jewelry usually has thin wires, which can accidentally start a fire. In this case, it will be more difficult to disconnect them from the network, and even more so to remove them from the tree. If you calculate the length of the garland using a special formula, you need to take the length of the spruce from 2 to 5 meters. This length is optimal for any large room.
    For example, the minimum length will be 2 * 3.14 = 6.28 m. It is best to consider the length of the garland from 8 meters, because bright lights and fluffy tinsel will help, if necessary, hide the flaws of the lower branches. And if we take the maximum size of a spruce, then it will be 5 * 3.14 = 15.7. Here it is also desirable to pick up a larger garland. We recommend considering options of 15-20 meters.

    Small trees 100-150 cm high are usually chosen for study rooms. They fit perfectly into any space and do not take up much furniture. They will also delight the kids of employees when they come with their parents for gifts. To calculate the length of the garland, multiply the height of the tree by 3.14. The calculation formula is 100 * 3.14 \u003d 314 cm. But it is best to choose garlands for 4-5 meters in this option. This will allow you to add more lights to the spruce and make it even brighter. Or 150 * 3.14 = 471 cm. (4 meters 71 cm.) But in this case, 5 meters may not be enough. You can see the garlands at 6-7 meters, thereby providing free access to the outlet and a cozy atmosphere. But if you already have a garland and you do not know what length of tree is optimal for it. Take the length of the garland, subtract 10-15% from it and divide the resulting number by 3.14. As a result, you will have the maximum length of a spruce that can be decorated with an existing garland.

    For the home, choose a Christmas tree with a height of 100 to 250 cm. It all depends on what kind of ceilings you have at home. But to calculate the garland, it is also necessary to take into account all the parameters of the spruce. At home, it often happens that the owners, for greater brightness and beauty, decorate the spruce with two overlapping garlands at once. But for security reasons, it is categorically impossible to do this, because. the wires heat up very quickly and can melt at the overlap. Subsequently, nearby bulbs may at least fail or, at a maximum, a short circuit may occur.

    If you want to decorate the fir tree and make it brighter, it is better to buy a garland much larger than the recommended length formula. This will allow you to leave minimal gaps between the layers of the garland and dress up a beautiful holiday tree. According to the formula, the recommended length should vary from 3 to 8 meters. But if possible, it is better to take 1-2 m more.

    If you are considering a garland for a table tree, for example, to work. Then they, as a rule, are no more than 100 cm. For such trees, any garland up to three meters will suit you.

    Depending on the shape of the lamps

    Small and large lamps are used in the garlands. If the bulbs are small, smaller than a fingernail, then there are 30-40 pieces per meter of garland. For garlands with large bulbs, there are 100-150 pieces.

    For a good illumination of spruce, 100-150 cm high, it is best to purchase a garland with small bulbs. If the spruce is 3-5 meters, you can look at models with large bulbs.

    Depending on the cord size

    The correct cord must be selected to use the garland safely. Such a wire has at least 1 meter, from the last bulb to the plug. Before buying a garland, it is necessary to measure the distance from the installation site of the spruce to the outlet, 30% of the total amount is added to the result. Properly selected design protects the house from fire, in the event of a short circuit.

    Features of the Christmas tree lights

    Christmas lights have a few features to consider when buying LED strips.

    Modes

    There are two main backlight modes in the settings: static and flickering.

    The essence of static lighting is that the light bulbs emit a uniform amount of light and do not flicker. In this case, the color of the lighting may vary depending on the bulbs. Inexpensive multi-colored ones can give static illumination of blue, green and red. In addition to uniform soft lighting, garlands can also flicker quickly and beautifully. In the settings of the remote control, you can choose the appropriate flashing speed and color.

    It is important to understand that not every color can suit the interior of a room. Modern garlands have several colors:

    • Cold white. It has a slight bluish tint often associated with operating room lighting.
    • Warm white. It has a slight yellowish tint, which resembles standard incandescent lamps. It is they who give a magical atmosphere of warmth and the approaching holiday, and also look aesthetically pleasing on the Christmas tree.
    • Multicolored. Inside each light bulb there is a special glass that colors the incoming color red, yellow, green and blue. They differ in a large number of modes: you can turn on all the colors at the same time, or each one separately.

    Dimensions

    Several lengths of garlands are common in stores. The 10 meter garland belongs to the most bought ones.

    Considered a versatile option for most people, it is well suited for indoor Christmas trees up to 2 meters high. At the same time, with such a length, a small margin remains. It is also used as a decorative element.

    The most common version is the 2-sided Christmas tree. But for him it is best to take a spruce 150-170 cm high. Then the garlands will be enough to obtain the desired effect.

    The second most common length is 5 meters. It is suitable for Christmas trees no higher than 1 meter. This length is not enough for street trees or firs at children's parties and matinees, whose length exceeds 2 meters.

    Finish or material

    One of the most important things to consider when choosing a garland is heat resistance. The fact is that some cables and wires are distinguished by the fact that they overheat very quickly and heat up the tree that is decorated. In this case, there is a high risk of fire or fire.

    Garlands are divided into two categories: LED and incandescent. Incandescent lamps are cheaper, while they fail very quickly, and during operation the whole spruce can light up. The LED strip does not generate heat and does not provoke a fire, its light is much brighter and cleaner, the wires are denser. The tape consumes less electricity, and therefore its use is cheaper, besides, the shelf life of LEDs is much longer.

    In Russia, manufacturers of garlands use several types of materials to cover wires: PVC, rubber and silicone. PVC is the cheapest raw material for the production of garlands, suitable only for indoor use. If a person wants to decorate a Christmas tree on the street, then it is worth buying a garland made of silicone or rubber. The materials can withstand high humidity and ensure the operation of light bulbs in temperatures down to -50 degrees.

    Conclusion

    Christmas tree garland, the main decoration of the New Year's Eve. Its light should not be dim, but in order for it to glow well, it is necessary to choose the right length. To do this, multiply the height of the tree by 3.14 and add 10%. In addition to the size, it is necessary to take into account the shape of the light bulb, the size of the cord and the features of the model being purchased.

    times, two, three - Christmas tree, burn!

    Nothing sets the mood for Christmas like twinkling colorful lights! Each child, with bated breath, is waiting for the moment when the Christmas tree will shine with running bright lights. No matter how luxuriously you decorate the forest beauty, the holiday will not take place without an electric garland. Such decor can be used not only on the Christmas tree - there are many other original ideas that you can easily implement - the result will impress the guests and delight the household! How to choose a garland for the Christmas tree, and what else besides the New Year tree can be decorated with electric garlands, read in our article.

    This is interesting

    It is believed that the idea of ​​decorating a Christmas tree with garlands was first implemented in America. The Christmas tree lit up in 1895 in front of the White House. Since then, in many countries there has been a tradition to decorate not only New Year trees, but also facades of houses, landscape objects, trees in the yard, etc. with such a luminous decor.

    Which garland to buy: types and features

    Today you have to make a difficult choice from a huge range of electric garlands that differ not only in color, but also in design, number of bulbs and other parameters. This is because manufacturers, in an effort to achieve competitive advantages, create more and more new models, and the cost is gradually decreasing - every Russian can afford to buy a garland, and more than one, without compromising the family budget.

    Let's figure out what options for electric garlands today can be found in online and offline stores.

    Lamp type

    There are only 2 options - light bulbs can be:

    1. Incandescent. Soviet Christmas trees were decorated with just such lights. They are produced today, but less and less in demand. They are cheaper, but energy-intensive, heat up during operation, and the service life is much shorter - up to 100 hours of continuous operation. However, for the implementation of certain design ideas, this option will be relevant, it will help to bring an element of retro style;

    2. LED (LED-garlands) have many advantages:

    • long service life - at least 20,000 hours;

    • resistant to various kinds of mechanical stress - LEDs are much more difficult to damage than the filament of an incandescent lamp;

    • shine brighter, have a purer saturated color;

    • do not heat up, which means they do not create a fire hazard;

    • consume very little electricity;

    • have a small weight;

    • there are models that can be used outdoors.

    But the most important thing: with LED garlands, you won’t need to look for which light bulb had problems, because of which the whole garland stopped working - the LEDs form groups, within which the connection is serial, and the groups themselves are connected to each other in parallel. That is, if some LED fails, then only one group will stop working, and not the entire garland.

    Wire type

    Can be used:

    • PVC;

    • rubber;

    • silicone.

    PVC wire is the most budget option. Indoors, it justifies itself quite well. However, for operation in conditions of humidity and sub-zero temperatures, you need to buy garlands with rubber or silicone cables.

    Power type

    Who would have thought before that the garland could be battery operated! With the help of such a luminous decor, you can even decorate a Christmas tree in the forest! And of course, if you have a beautiful spruce growing in your garden, you may well use such an ornament.

    Where to use: street or indoor

    Now in any store it is easy to buy an electric garland for the street. A quality product will serve you for a long time, even if you use it without protection from snow, rain, or severe frosts. The main thing is to pay attention to the protection class: there must be a marking of at least IP44 (the first digit means protection against dust particles, the second - from moisture). IP20 or IP23 is quite suitable for the room. Of course, the price of a street garland will differ significantly from an interior one.

    Design

    The variety of options opens up wide possibilities for interior decor. Today you can decorate your house:

    • garlands-threads - a cord, along the entire length of which (with the exception of the working part of the wire) mini-light bulbs are strung. This is a universal option that can be used to implement various design ideas;

    • mesh garlands - a canvas consisting of rhombuses or squares, in each corner of which there are light bulbs. Due to the stretchable structure of the wire, it can be stretched to cover the required area;

    • garlands-curtains (you can still find the names light rain, waterfall, garland-curtain) - hanging threads are strung on the main cable perpendicular to it, each of which can have the same or different lengths. Such LED garlands are often used when decorating a venue for a celebration in cafes and restaurants - weddings, anniversaries, etc.;

    • fringe (mini-curtain, icicles) - threads of microbulbs hanging down from it are attached to the main cord. Unlike curtains made of LEDs, fringe threads have different lengths, and usually no more than 100 cm. Such garlands are most often bought to decorate the facade of the house with them, fixing it around the perimeter under the roof itself. Indoors, "fringe" is usually hung on a curtain, hooked on a cornice;

    • duralight - LEDs are pressed into a transparent flexible sealed PVC cord. Duralight can be cut into segments, because in certain sections of the wire the LEDs are connected in series and combined into groups. All this opens up wide opportunities for using this type of LED garlands in outdoor design. Unlike traditional electric garlands, the duralight cord operates in the continuous glow of LEDs when connected to a 220 V network, but if powered through a controller, various lighting effects are possible. The shape can be flat and round;

    • beltlight - instead of miniature LED bulbs, much larger incandescent, fluorescent or LED bulbs with an E27 base are used. There are about 3 - 7 light bulbs per 1 meter. The cord can be 2 and 5 core. With two cores are used indoors, with five - on the street. Such a garland can be cut. You can often see beltlight in cafes, nightclubs, on the facades of architectural structures;

    Choose the color of the garland

    Choosing a color often takes the most time. Red or green? Multicolor or monochrome? White or yellow? These flickering lights are so beautiful it's hard to decide! Often the solution is a multicolor garland - multicolor. But still, monochrome looks more stylish. Of course, if we are talking about a Christmas tree, then for sure the kids will appreciate the colorful lights. But if you want to bring even more style to the interior of the room, then consider a single-color garland.

    When choosing a color, you can focus on the main palette of finishes and rooms, because colored LED lighting will distort the natural shades. A universal solution would be warm white. The glow of copper color is relevant for the loft style, which is popular in interior design. By choosing the LED garland that is as close as possible in color to the surrounding objects, you will preserve their natural color and bring a bit of mystery, romance and comfort to the composition.

    What to look for when buying an electric garland

    So, you have decided on the type and color of the electric garland. Now, in order not to be disappointed in the purchase, we suggest adopting the following information:

    • length. If we talk about the classic LED thread for the Christmas tree, it is recommended that its length be 2.5 - 3 times the height of the spruce. The length of the segment of the power wire, where there are no LEDs (the working part) should provide a comfortable connection to the mains - this is at least one and a half meters;

    • the presence of a controller is a detail for controlling lighting effects. Some "advanced" and, of course, more expensive models are equipped with a remote control that allows you to remotely set the color and glow effect;

    • when buying a duralight, the number of LEDs in 1 meter will be an important parameter, and you should also pay attention to the ability to connect directly to a 220 V network;

    • degree of protection IP44 is suitable for a garland protected from direct rain on it: for example, a beltlight placed under a roof. For cliplight or any other electric garland that will be in the open air, IP65 protection is required;

    • the ability to connect to a 220 V network - there are models that are designed to work under the voltage of a household network, and there are low-voltage garlands that work only at 12 or 24 V. Note that the latter are safer - the likelihood of an electric shock to a person if any the garland element is excluded;

    • some types of LED garlands provide for the possibility of connecting several products into a single structure, which will be very important when decorating the facade of a house.

    Ideas for decorating your home with electric lights

    Garlands are amazingly versatile in terms of decorating possibilities. You can’t even imagine how much you can invent, having at your disposal even the simplest garland-thread! We offer a kaleidoscope of ideas for creating a New Year's festive mood in the house.

    You can decorate with a garland not only a Christmas tree, but also:

    • chandelier;

    • compositions in table and / or floor vases, as well as any other art object of the “year-round” decor system;

    • a mirror in the hallway or bedroom - due to the reflection, the flickering of the lights looks doubly spectacular;

    • window;

    • ceiling - the effect of the starry sky will help to create a garland-grid stretched across the ceiling. Star lights evenly distributed over the surface can be white, yellow, imitating the natural color of the stars perceived by our eyes, or they can twinkle beautifully with multi-colored lights.

    If you are a creative person, here are some creative ideas. Their implementation will take a little more time, but the result will be absolutely unique and exclusive:

    • photo gallery. Using paper clips, hang on a garland stretched along the wall in several tiers, small format pictures - 9x13. This technique will organically complement the interior in retro style;

    • luminous rug made of duralight. Take wool yarn and tie it around the cord, then twist the garland into a spiral - and you get a charming rug;

    • stars. You will need a beltlight, foamiran (foam sheet) and scissors. Cut out stars of any size, cut a small square in the center and put the star layout on a round light bulb. Simple and very unusual;

    • Christmas tree is not a wall. You will need a garland-thread, a simple pencil or ordinary bar soap and adhesive tape, more reliable - double-sided TM 3, but a regular one may also work - it depends on the decorative coating of your walls. First make a markup to outline the main points for fixing and form the crown of the Christmas tree;