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Pre-lit Artificial Christmas Trees: The Difference between Incandescent and LED Lights

Choosing the right pre-lit artificial Christmas tree can be overwhelming with all the lighting options currently available. The two basic light types are incandescent and LED. While both share the common purpose of adding a beautiful glow to your holiday display, there are several factors to consider before deciding which light option is best for you.

Balsam Hill Parade of Christmas Trees

To illustrate the difference between these two light types, we recently hosted The Parade of Christmas Trees, a very special blog hop with four of our blogger friends. We sent each of them two identical Christmas trees, each pre-lit with either incandescent or LED lights. We asked our bloggers to set up their Balsam Hill tree and share their thoughts on each light type.

Jennifer of Décor Gold Designs

Jennifer's Vermont White Spruce Incandescent and LED-lit trees

Jennifer’s Vermont White Spruce Incandescent and LED-lit trees

Jennifer of Décor Gold Designs used our Vermont White Spruce with incandescent lights in her living room, while her LED-lit tree sat cozily in her master bedroom. Explaining the difference between the two, she pointed out that LED lights have a relatively longer lifespan while incandescent lights are more affordable in terms of initial costs.

Randi of Randi Garrett Design

Randi's Vermont White Spruce LED and Incandescent-lit trees

Randi’s Vermont White Spruce LED and Incandescent-lit trees

Randi of Randi Garrett Design marveled at her first-ever bedroom Christmas tree, the LED-lit Vermont White Spruce. The incandescent version was decorated with gray and gold hues in her office and is the first thing her guests see as they walk through the front door. She recognized the energy efficiency and reliability of LED lights, but also pointed out that incandescent lights provide a warm yet bright glow to her tree.

Kelley of Kelley Nan

Kelley's Saratoga Spruce LED and Incandescent-lit trees

Kelley’s Saratoga Spruce LED and Incandescent-lit trees

Kelley of Kelley Nan opted to use our Saratoga Spruce tree with incandescent lights in her dining room, while its LED counterpart stood in her office. She decorated the former with ornaments of pink and coral blushes, and went opposite with the latter, using cobalt and sapphire colors. Kelley wrote about the minimal difference between the two trees in terms of how the lights affect the overall look, but was quick to note that incandescent lights provided a warmer glow compared to LED lights.

Tamara of Citrine Living

Tamara's Sonoma Pencil LED and Incandescent-lit trees

Tamara’s Sonoma Pencil LED and Incandescent-lit trees

Citrine Living’s Tamara chose our Sonoma Slim Pencil tree and decorated her bedroom with the LED option, while the incandescent model graced her dining room. She shared how the timeless glow of the latter proves to be a trusted choice among homeowners, and how the former emanates the same warm glow, something uncommon for Christmas trees with LED lights.

Thank you so much to all our bloggers for opening their homes and showing us the difference between these two light types. While there are many qualities separating the two, such as luminosity, longevity, and energy consumption, it is important to note that there isn’t a better option—only the most fitting one depending on your decorating needs.

Visit Balsam Hill to view our beautiful selection of pre-lit artificial Christmas trees.

About the Author

On the Balsam Hill blog, we hope to provide our readers with inspirational decorating ideas the entire family will love. Beautifully appoint your home for every holiday with our decorating tips and tricks.

  • Randi

    Your trees and trimmings are so amazingly beautiful! I can’t express how wonderful the quality of everything is in person!

  • BalsamHill

    Thank you so much, Randi. We’re glad you are enjoying our products! Merry Christmas!