What are the main
differences between C7 and C9 Christmas light bulbs?
The main differences are size and wattage.
~1.5” Long (Smaller)
E12 Candelabra Base
>2” Long (Larger)
E17 Intermediate Base
7 or 10 Watts
Are C7 and C9 light
bulbs available in LED?
Yes, they are and use 90% less energy than their
incandescent counterparts. Even better is that you can plug them into incandescent
The smaller C7 LED bulb has 3 LEDs per base, while the
larger C9 has 5
C7 SMD LED MULTI
C9 SMD LED MULTI
tip: Since LED C7 and C9s burn brighter, they give off more light using fewer
Can you plug LED C7
and C9 bulbs into an incandescent light string?
The short answer is yes. But if you
place C7 and C9 LED replacements bulbs next to incandescent bulbs, the light
string’s colors will glow differently and will appear “off.”
You cannot substitute LED mini lights on
an incandescent light string because LEDs require a much lower wattage than
incandescent mini lights.
Do C7 and C9 bulbs
get hot with use?
The older, incandescent bulbs do get hot, which makes them a
fire hazard when used on or near flammable or delicate holiday decorations. However,
the LED C7 and C9 bulbs do not get hot to the touch, expanding the creative
horizons of where they can be used—anywhere… which leads us to…
Where should C7 and
C9 light bulbs be used?
Most commonly, C7 and C9 light strings are used for exterior
applications, such as lining drives and buildings, as well as stringing across
structures. In other words, any place where you want to make a bright
tip: Order dimmable bulbs if you’re using them in an animated light show.
Do you have any tips
for using C7 bulbs for decorating?
The smaller C7 is often associated with luxury residential
exterior décor. These bulbs not only work well for holiday applications, but
also for year-round decoration of exterior
features, such as structure outlines, strung on walkways, decks, patios and
gazebos, and stringing across or wrapping trees. For all year use, white is the
most used color. Due to their smaller size, C7 bulbs work well in residential
projects and historic buildings.
What about decorating
tips using C9 bulbs?
Going commercial? Go big. C9 bulbs are a go-to for those
responsible for larger commercial displays and décor. LED C9 bulbs can be used
on indoor trees, so they are good choice for big trees that are over 15’ high,
such as those in town squares or corporate campuses.
Ready to get started
on your project with C7 or C9 bulbs?
You’ll find commercial-grade LED C7
bulbs in faceted or smooth finishes and a wide range of colors, plus
experienced support if you have more questions at Creative Displays.
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