Exchanging gifts, watching Christmas movies, singing carols, decorating Christmas trees, and waiting for Santa Claus!! Isn’t Christmas such a happy vibe? Smiling faces, winter snow, and family love all around! When I was a kid, we used to visit our grandma’s house on Christmas eve with warm wool presents for her and grandpa. The whole ambiance used to be so lovely. We used C7 and C9 Christmas Lights for house decoration.
Do you know what C7 or C9 Christmas Lights are? Well, I know about these lights closely as I have some beautiful childhood memories playing around these Christmas lights. Grandma and Grandpa used to tell us stories about Christmas. We enjoyed supper together. Ahh!! Such nostalgia! After that I and my siblings used to help our father in decorating the hallway with pretty C7 and C9 Christmas lights.
Are these strawberries? I still remember asking my father as the lights looked strawberries. Christmas was so much fun back then. Now I miss being a child again. But no worries, we can still enjoy Christmas as we enjoyed in our childhood. All we need is a perfect Christmas tree, some C7 and C9 Christmas lights for indoor and outdoor house decoration, and lots and lots of chocolates!
If you are decorating indoors then use C7 light bulbs and if you are planning to hang in the lights on the backyard tree then go for C9 light bulbs. Confused? Don’t worry, I have made a comparison guide between the two Christmas lights. Have a look and pick the desired one.
What are Christmas Lights?
Christmas lights come with so many different names at different places. Some may call them fairy lights, some call them festive lights and string lights. It’s an old tradition of decorating Christmas trees on the eve of Christmas day (some do the decorations for the whole Christmas month).
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We hear Christmas carols all around, enjoy yummy recipes, and decorate Christmas trees with light (what we call Christmas light) while waiting for Santa Claus.
Types of Christmas Light Bulbs
Christmas bulbs are mainly available in two standard sizes, C7 and C9.
Both these lights are conical in shape that’s why their name contains a C at the beginning.
Other than these cone-shaped Christmas lightings, there are many round-shaped bulbs that come in different sizes like G20, G30, G45, G80.
There are various other shapes of these fairy lights ranging from string lights to patio lights.
C7 LED Lights
C7 is a commonly used lighting bulb for different occasions, especially Christmas. This bulb comes with a dimension of 2×3.5cm.
This LED bulb has the same base as the E12 bulbs. For saving more power, C7 Christmas lights are the best choice as they use 90% less electricity.
C7 bulbs have a comparatively smaller cord than C9 bulbs. The base requirement to plugin for C7 bulbs is the same as the E12 base.
C7 bulbs can be used for parties, edging gardens, holiday displays, wrapping and hanging on trees, on streets to highlight paths, and to decorate Christmas trees of course.
C9 LED Lights
C9 is the most widely used Christmas light with standard size dimensions of 3x 5cm.
Just like C7 bulbs, C9 bulbs consume less energy to glow. C9 is slightly larger in size than C7.
Also, C9 bulbs easily fit in an intermediate base bulb.
C9 bulbs are well used for their larger size for large-scale decorations in malls, stores, lighting the streets, outlining roofs, doors and decorating Christmas trees.
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Difference between C7 and C9 Christmas Lights
Here is a basic difference chart between the two bulbs. See which one can you use for what type of decorations.
|Specifications||C7 Christmas Lights||C9 Christmas Lights|
|Retro-style decoration||Are perfect for retro-style decoration||Do not fit for retro-style decoration|
|Length||2 inches in length||From 2 and ¾ inches to 3 inches in length|
|Base||The base is E-12 candelabra||The base is E-17 intermediate|
|Power||Incandescent bulbs are 5 or 7 watts||Incandescent bulbs are 7 or 9 watts|
|Outdoor Decoration||Not a good option for outdoor tree decoration||Perfect for outdoor tree decoration|
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To Wrap Up:
In this post, we saw the comparison between the two most used Christmas Lights C7 and C9. Hope now you know the difference between C7 and C9 Christmas Lights for house decoration. You can use any of the two or even both depending on the size and requirement of the fest.
These beautiful Christmas light bulbs are easily available in various online stores. You can choose vibrant colors, patterns, and more. You can also use these fairy lights for decorating your college form room or can use them as birthday decor.
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Christmas Lights:
Which one is brighter among the two, C7 or C9?
Of course, C9 is brighter as it is langer in size. Also, it uses a power of 9 watts making it brighter.
What Christmas lights do professionals use?
Commercial LED light strings with co-axial connectors are one of the most popular styles of commercial Christmas lights among professional installers due to their exceptional durability.
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