A Christmas tree glowing with 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 artificial Christmas trees make assembly quick and easy, giving you more time to celebrate the season.

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.


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 light on tree

LED Lights
LED lights use light-emitting diodes that don’t burn out or 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

The classic glow of candlelight (watch video here )

Artificial Christmas tree with multicolored lights

A bright mix of colored lights ( watch video here )

Color and clear lights on tree

Color + Clear™
Exclusive lights that let you switch from clear to multicolored to both, and give you 30% more coverage ( watch video here )

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 ( watch video here )

Christmas tree with multicolored LED lights

Multi LED
Jewel-toned LED lights for a festive display ( watch video here )

Christmas tree with color changing LED lights

Color + Clear LED
Switch from clear to multicolored to both, and enjoy 30% more lights ( watch video here )

Christmas tree with LED fairy lights

Fairy LED
Tiny LED bulbs on fine wires for a magical look ( watch video here )

Artificial Christmas tree with micro LED lights

Micro LED
Small energy-efficient LEDs that make your tree sparkle ( watch video here )

Christmas tree with ultrabright LED lights

UltraBright LED
A higher density of micro LED lights for a glittering tree ( watch video here )

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 ( watch video here )

Multicolored fiber optic Christmas tree lights

Fiber Optic Light Show
Choose from multiple light show options to set a merry mood

Control Type

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


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 for color-changing 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 to control twinkly Christmas tree lights


Choose from pre-set light shows and customize them to your mood—all through your phone. Available on the Vermont White Spruce and Black Hills Spruce.

How do I use the Twinkly® app?

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.

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. (Available on the Vermont White Spruce Flip Tree and Mariana Spruce.)

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

Micro LED light string strands on tree

Cluster Micro LED Lights
Energy-efficient lights that work well both on and off a tree

LED fairy light string strands on tree

Cascading LED Fairy Lights
Multiple fairy light strings that cascade down your tree

Ultrabright LED fairy light string strand

UltraBright LED Fairy Lights
Get more LED lights per foot compared to other light strands

Colorful retro-shaped light strings on tree

Retro Teardrop Lights
Incandescent multicolored lights with a charming retro look

How many lights do I need?

The number of lights depends on the height and shape of your tree. For example, a 7′ 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.

Tree HeightLow DensityMedium DensityHigh Density
6½ feet325650975
7½ feet4509001350
9 feet67513502025
10 feet80016002400
11 feet90018002700
12 feet100020003000

Related Article: The Tangle-Free, How-To Guide for Hanging Christmas Lights

Christmas tree lights

We hope this guide helped you better understand the wide array of lighting options for your perfect tree. For any further questions, please reach out to us here.

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