C6, C7, C9 Lights

C5, C6, C7, & C9 Christmas Lights

When decorating your home or workplace for the holidays, you’ll find lots of different types of décor you can add, especially where lights are concerned. In fact, you probably don’t even realize just how many different types of Christmas lights are out there, from mini lights to larger bulbs, and incandescents to LEDs. If you’ve been shopping around, you probably have also noticed the larger bulbs which are great for exterior use in lining rooftops, windows, and more. There are several sizes and styles, however, so read on to learn more about these larger Christmas lights.

What are the differences among C5, C6, C7, and C9 Christmas lights?
Most people picture mini lights when they think of Christmas lights, because these are the most popular type of lighting used today. Larger bulbs, however, are also available, and these are categorized according to their size. C5 bulbs are the smallest of the large bulbs, and C9s are the largest. The “C” refers to the shape of the bulb, and since these are flame-shaped, the C stands for “candle.” The number following the C relates to the size of the bulb. There are other differences among the different bulbs as well, namely in the style. C5 bulbs, also called strawberry lights because of their resemblance to the fruit, have pointier tips and patterned bulbs. C6 lights are very similar to C5s, only they’re slightly larger. C7s and C9s have a more retro look, with larger bulbs. These are also flame-shaped, but the bulb is smooth and has no pattern.

Which size is right for you?
Determining the right size for you really comes down to personal preference and what you think looks good. If you have a smaller space, then a smaller bulb will probably work better for your purposes, while larger spaces deserve larger bulbs. However, if you love the look of the C7 bulbs even though you’re only decorating a small area, then go for it. The lights don’t vary so much in size that there will be a noticeable difference in the C7s versus the C5s.

Type matters, too
With these Christmas lights, you can get them in one of two types: incandescent or LED. There are pros and cons to both of these, so weigh your options to decide what works best for you. Incandescent bulbs are what have been used traditionally, and these lights are less expensive than their LED counterparts. LEDs, while a bit more expensive, are more energy-efficient and durable, thus saving you money over time. With LEDs, you’ll save money on your electric bill, and you’ll also likely get more years of use out them versus the incandescent Christmas lights.

Where can you buy these lights?
C5, C6, C7, and C9 bulbs can be purchased at a variety of retailers, both physical locations and online. During the holidays, you can find them at all kind of stores, including the major chain retailers, hardware stores, and even some drug store/pharmacies. Online you’ll find tons of different sites selling the bulbs, and these are limited to just the holiday season. You may even be able to find a better price.

For something a little different than the common mini light, think bigger and go with a C5, C6, C7, or C9 bulb. These larger bulbs will put off more light and shine, and they’ll give your home or office a unique, retro look.