Different Types of Replaceable Bulbs and Why We Love Each One

Posted by Claire on Sep 6th 2018

There is an assortment of replaceable bulbs on the Christmas light market. Whether they are incandescent, LED, spherical, strawberry shaped, faceted, or unfaceted, there is a bulb for every occasion! Over the years, we have zeroed in on the bulbs that work best for us, and we are confident that they will work well for you too. Keep in mind that everything we carry is LED and encased in plastic, making our lights highly efficient, durable, and long lasting. Here’s a list of our LED bulbs and what we like about them:

Medium Bulbs (C9/E17 Intermediate Base)

G30

We have given these bulbs the fitting name “super bright globe lights” due to their spherical shape and the exceptional amount of light they emit. Each bulb has 5 LED diodes in it, is 0.45 watts as opposed to to 7-watt incandescent Christmas lights, and is encased in a plastic cap that acts as a magnifying glass. The combination of the round shape and the magnifying glass causes light to be emitted equally from all “sides” of the bulb. Whether you’re looking at it straight on or from a different angle, you’re going to experience the same amount of brightness.

G30s are smooth, causing them to stay cleaner longer because grime does not build up on them. Paired with our flat socket wire, these bulbs create a sophisticated and professional look. They are perfect for Christmas, but because they don’t look like classic Christmas lights, they are suitable for other applications as well including patio and wedding lighting.

C9

Built on the same base as the G30 bulbs, C9s have that classic strawberry shape to mimic incandescent Christmas lights at a fraction of the wattage. These bulbs are faceted (textured), meaning that they can get dirty more easily, but they are the closest product we carry to the lights we all came to love before LEDs existed.


Small Bulbs (C7/E12 Candelabra Base)

C7

C7 bulbs have the same strawberry shape as C9s, but they are smaller and have three LED diodes as opposed to five. They are a great option if you are looking for something more inconspicuous visually, or that is slightly less bright. These bulbs are 0.37 watts, and come in two styles: faceted and smooth. While the faceted bulbs refract the light slightly better, the smooth ones stay cleaner longer and look exactly like classic incandescent Christmas lights.

G20

These bulbs are built on the same base as the C7s, but are the younger sibling of the G30s. They too have a smooth magnifying glass cap, and are perfect for applications where you want slightly less light.



Large Bulbs (E26 Medium Base)

T50

Edison style bulbs are all the rage these days, but most often they are made of glass and are therefore incredibly fragile. Our T50 “cob” lights are encased in plastic, making them highly durable. Each bulb has 16 LED diodes in it, and is 0.55 watts as opposed to the 30-60 watts of its incandescent counterparts. They are great for hanging over patios as they provide both practical and functional lighting while contributing to the ambiance.

S14

These bulbs are the same shape as the T50 bulbs, but they have LED filaments in them as opposed to LED diodes. They look incredibly similar to classic Edison bulbs, and come with either two or four LED filaments. The two filament bulbs are encased with acrylic that looks like glass, but is practically in destructible. The four filament bulbs are encased with glass, making them more fragile but a perfect option if you are looking for something that looks like an incandescent bulb but gives off a significantly larger amount of light. The two filament bulbs are 1.5 watts, while the four filament bulbs are 3 watts.

All of our Edison style bulbs come in warm white only, whereas everything else comes in an assortment of colours including two different temperatures of white. There is a bulb for every occasion, and if you ever have questions about what might work best for a specific application, feel free to ask us. We are happy to help!