How many lights do I need on my Christmas Tree?

Posted on October 22, 2020

This question pops up all the time, so we’ve asked for the expertise from Cathy, our Visual Merchandising Manager and Christmas decoration maestro, on how many lights you’ll need for your tree. Cathy and her team are responsible for the beautiful displays you see when visiting Ruxley Manor and our Father Christmas’ Grotto.

As a general guide we start designing our trees with a 100 twinkle lights per 1.5ft of height. This gives us an even covering of lights across the whole tree with enough room to add decorations and accents to the tree. However, there are no set rules – if you prefer minimalist trees with more lights you can double or triple this amount, or use layering. With certain display we like to wrap Micro Lights close the trunk of the tree and then compliment them with twinkle lights towards the middle of the branches to create a dramatic visual with multiple layers of depth.

Cathy, Visual Merchandising Manager
How many lights do I need for my Christmas Tree?

Follow this as a general guide for how many of each type of light you’ll need for an even covering of your tree height.

Twinkle Lights
90cm / 3ft           200 – 360
120cm / 4ft         360 – 480
150cm / 5ft         480 – 560
180cm / 6ft         560 – 680
210cm / 7ft         680 – 720
240cm / 8ft         720 – 880
270cm / 9ft         880 – 920
300cm / 10ft      920 – 1000

Cluster Lights
90cm / 3ft           768 – 1128
120cm / 4ft         1000 – 1250
150cm / 5ft         1250 – 1512
180cm / 6ft         1512 – 2000
210cm / 7ft         2000 – 2500
240cm / 8ft         2500 – 3000
300cm / 10ft      3000 – 3500

Compact Lights
90cm / 3ft           500 – 1000
120cm / 4ft         1000 – 1500
150cm / 5ft         1500 – 2000
180cm / 6ft         2000 – 2500
210cm / 7ft         2500 – 3000
240cm / 8ft         3000 – 3500
270cm / 9ft         3500 – 4000
300cm / 10ft      4000 – 4500


You can now get a huge range of Christmas Lights online with local delivery available! View our lighting range now.

Christmas Lights at Ruxley Manor
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