How Many Lights Per Foot Should Be on a Christmas Tree?

Decide on a look for your Christmas tree.
Decide on a look for your Christmas tree. (Image: Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

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100 Lights Per Foot is the Standard

Most people purchase 100 lights for each foot of height; this is the standard amount of lights for a Christmas tree. For example, if you have a 6 foot tall tree, you need about 600 lights for your tree.

Christmas lights
Christmas lights (Image: Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Use More Lights for More Glow

If you want a more “sparkly” or brighter Christmas tree, buy at least 150 lights per foot or as many as 300. Another factor to consider: if your tree is wider than average, plan on using more lights per foot of vertical height; if your tree is thinner, you’ll need fewer lights per foot.

Bright Christmas tree
Bright Christmas tree (Image: Siri Stafford/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Bottom Line

Determine how many lights you’ll need per foot of height by how bright and twinkling you want your tree: for a subdued glow, use 100 per foot; for a more stunning effect, use as many as 300 per foot.

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Girl holding lights (Image: Digital Vision./Digital Vision/Getty Images)


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