Choosing Your Bulbs & Cords
Just a few steps
When you create your own custom light strings, you choose bulbs first. Bulbs determine cords.
Choose your bulbs
Start with bulb shape. Round. Oblong. Short. Tall. Large. Medium. Small. You have many great options in bulb shape and size.
Read more about bulb shapes and sizes.
LED or Incandescent
Like traditional glass bulbs with filaments? Their warm glow adds warmth to any gathering. You can repurpose C7 and C9 Christmas lights or choose from round or oblong shapes. Round bulbs come in clear, satin and a huge variety of colors.
LED Bulbs are durable and incredibly energy efficient. They are a favorite of residential and commercial customers across the country. Choose warm white, bright pure white, or one of many different colors.
Choose a color
Warm white is the classic, but a colorful string of round (G50) bistro bulbs can make your backyard area fun.
Choose between incandescent and LED, then pick your favorite shape, size and color of bulb here.
Choose your cords
Choose the cord socket size
The socket size of the bulb you select tells you which cords to consider for your project. An E12 candelabra base (12mm, standard on C7 bulbs) is the size of a nightlight base. An E17 intermediate base bulb (17mm, standard on C9 bulbs) is just a little larger than E12. The largest of the socket sizes is the E26 base (26mm) and is the size of a standard light bulb.
Choose the cord spacing. Twelve-inch spacing is standard for outdoor lights but consider that 15, 18, 24 or 36-inch spacing might be a better choice for larger spaces and special projects.
Choose the color
You can choose black, green, or white for many of the cords we carry. (Note that our glass E26 bulbs work best in our black commercial cords.)
Cafe covers are also available for purchase with our black commercial grade cords and will bring a hint of Europe to your patio.
Find our cords with cafe covers plus all of the others here.