Christmas tree lights of different types

A tree glowing with Christmas lights makes any home look merry and bright. It adds warmth to holiday gatherings, whether you’re enjoying a special meal or opening presents on Christmas Eve. At Balsam Hill, we offer pre-lit trees with various light options to suit your style. Here’s everything you need to know about our Christmas tree lights.

BENEFITS OF A BALSAM HILL PRE-LIT TREE

Our pre-lit Christmas trees make assembly quick and easy, giving you more time to celebrate the season.

two artificial Christmas trees pre-lit with LED lights

FEATURED: YUKON SPRUCE & BH BALSAM FIR

PROFESSIONALLY HAND-STRUNG

Lights are strung by hand to provide optimal coverage and keep wires from showing.

EASY PLUG™ TECHNOLOGY

Our patented trunk design has built-in light string connections for tangle-free set-up and storage. Simply plug the tree into an outlet to light it up. Available on most trees.

OPTIMIZED BULB HUE

Exclusive Candlelight™ LEDs cast a warm, candle-like glow unlike the blue tones of most LED lights.

TYPES

We offer pre-lit trees with incandescent or LED lights in various colors. The main differences between the two light types lie in their energy efficiency and longevity.

INCANDESCENT VS LED LIGHTS

clear lights on tree

INCANDESCENT LIGHTS

Traditional Christmas lights heat a metal filament to produce light, emitting heat in the process. These are available at lower price points, but they burn out over time and consume more energy than LED lights.

close-up of clear LED lights on tree

LED LIGHTS

LED Christmas lights use light-emitting diodes that don’t produce much heat. Although these cost more up-front, they emit brighter light and consume less energy. They also stay lit longer, saving you on both electricity and replacement bulbs.

INCANDESCENT LIGHTS

We use premium commercial-grade lights that stay lit even if one bulb burns out or is removed. Our incandescent-lit trees shine bright for approximately 3,000+ hours.


Tree with clear lights

CLEAR

The classic glow of candlelight (SEE VIDEO)

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Artificial Christmas tree with multicolored lights

MULTI

A bright mix of colored lights (SEE VIDEO)

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Color and clear lights on artificial Christmas tree

COLOR + CLEAR™

Exclusive lights that let you switch from clear to multicolored to both, and give you 30% more coverage (SEE VIDEO)

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LED LIGHTS

Opt for a classic look with Candlelight LED, switch it up with color-changing lights, or go for smaller lights that create a big impact. Enjoy energy-efficient, long-lasting lights no matter what style you choose.


LED clear lights on Christmas tree

CANDLELIGHT LED

The warm candle-like glow of traditional lights in clear LED (SEE VIDEO)

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Christmas tree with multicolored LED lights

MULTI LED

Jewel-toned LED Christmas lights for a festive display (SEE VIDEO)

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Christmas tree with color changing LED lights

COLOR + CLEAR LED

Switch from clear to multicolored to both, and enjoy 30% more lights (SEE VIDEO)

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Christmas tree with LED fairy lights

FAIRY LIGHTS

Tiny LED bulbs on fine wires for a magical look (SEE VIDEO)

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Artificial Christmas tree with micro LED lights

MICRO LED

Small energy-efficient LEDs that make your tree sparkle (SEE VIDEO)

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Christmas tree with ultrabright LED lights

ULTRABRIGHT LED

A higher density of micro LED lights for a glittering tree (SEE VIDEO)

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SPECIALTY LED

Showcase your style with animated lights that create a stunning Christmas tree display.


Multicolored twinkly lights on tree

TWINKLY LIGHT SHOW

A smart LED lighting system that lets you customize your lights (SEE VIDEO)

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Multicolored fiber optic Christmas tree lights

FIBER OPTIC LIGHT SHOW

Choose from multiple light show options to set a merry mood (SEE VIDEO)

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CONTROL TYPE

Manage your pre-lit Christmas tree with easy-to-use controls that vary from a simple foot pedal to an innovative app.


MANUAL

Turn lights on and off with a foot pedal for standard trees or a control box with timer function for potted trees. On/off foot pedal included for trees with Clear or Multi Lights.


REMOTE CONTROL

Switch between clear lights, multicolor, or both with the touch of a button. Included for all trees with Color + Clear Lights.

APP

Choose from pre-set light shows and customize them to your mood—all through your phone. Available for Twinkly Light Show trees.

UNLIT TREES

If you prefer to use your own lights, see our selection of unlit Christmas trees. Each is designed as a beautiful canvas for your decorating style.

two unlit artificial Christmas trees

FEATURED: SANIBEL SPRUCE & MARIANA SPRUCE

SIMPLE STRING

Our Simple String™ technology allows you to plug in compatible light strings of your choice without running extension cords through your tree. Best of all, it keeps your lights in place, so you won’t have to hang them again next Christmas.

LIGHT STRANDS

Brighten up your tree with our specialty light strands. Note that their lengths vary based on style.

LED light string strands on tree

EASY WRAP LED LIGHTS

LED Christmas lights made easy – simply hang the light string over the top and wrap around your tree.

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Micro LED light string strands on tree

CLUSTER MICRO LED LIGHTS

Energy-efficient lights that work well both on and off a tree

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LED fairy light string strands on tree

CASCADING LED FAIRY LIGHTS

Multiple fairy light strings that cascade down your tree

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Ultrabright LED fairy light string strand

ULTRABRIGHT LED FAIRY LIGHTS

Get more LED lights per foot compared to other light strands

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Colorful retro-shaped light strings on tree

RETRO TEARDROP LIGHTS

Incandescent multicolored lights with a charming retro look

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HOW MANY LIGHTS DO I NEED?

The number of lights depends on the height and shape of your tree. For example, a 7-foot tree with a full profile will require more lights than a narrow tree of the same height. Personal preference also plays a big role in determining light count.

Here are our recommended light counts based on tree height and desired coverage. Feel free to add lights depending on your preference. For tips on how to hang your Christmas lights, read this post.

Tree Height Low Density Medium Density High Density
6.5 feet 325 650 975
7.5 feet 450 900 1350
9 feet 675 1350 2025
10 feet 800 1600 2400
11 feet 900 1800 2700
12 feet 1000 2000 3000

NEED HELP?

We hope this guide helped you better understand the wide array of Christmas lights for your perfect tree.
For any questions or concerns, contact us here.

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