(Please note that cords and spools longer than 100 feet are not shipped with plugs.)

      Christmas and patio light cords are a crucial component in your decorative lighting setup. These cords come in a variety of lengths and socket spacings to cater to different needs. They are designed to hold bulbs of various types and sizes, from small fairy lights to larger globe or novelty bulbs. Typically, they have either E12 (Candelabra), E17 (Intermediate), or E26 (Medium) bases, which correspond to the diameter of the bulb's base in millimeters.

      Christmas light cords are often used for indoor and outdoor Christmas decorations, while patio light cords are popular for creating a warm, inviting ambiance in outdoor spaces like patios, gazebos, and gardens. They're constructed to be robust and weather-resistant, ensuring they can withstand outdoor conditions, although it's always a good idea to check the specific product details for information about weather resistance.

      When choosing a cord, you should consider the length of the area you want to decorate, the spacing between the bulbs, and the type of bulb base. Light strings with closer bulb spacings can create a brighter, more vibrant effect, while those with larger spacings can provide a softer, more subtle ambiance. With the right cord and bulbs, you can transform any space into a beautiful, illuminated area, whether for a festive Christmas display or a cozy patio environment.(

      Choosing cords

      As a rule of thumb, the choice of a cord is determined primarily by the bulbs chosen for the project. The base size of the bulbs determines the required size of the cord's sockets. After narrowing down that specification, the size of the project determines the spacing and length of the cord. All of these parallel wired cords work with either incandescent or LED bulbs.

      E17 Cords

      This cord is commonly used to create C9 Christmas light cords. The formal specification for this size is E17 or intermediate. Partner with traditional C9 bulbs for the holidays or round (G30, G40, or G50) bulbs for outdoor decorative lighting. These are commonly used at Christmas by commercial light installers and are become an all-year favorite. Buy them for Christmas and repurpose them for parties. 


      This cord is made for traditional C7 bulbs.  The technical description of the socket size on these cords is E12 or candelabra. Also, like C9 cords, they are used to outlines houses and walkways at Christmas and for lighting parties, weddings, and more in the off-season. Choose new strings in green, white, black, or brown.  Purchase these parallel wired cords for Christmas then use them all year with different colors of C7 or round bulbs.

      E26 Cords

      These medium-base cords have E26 sized sockets. They are rated for outdoor use and are commonly seen in residential backyard lighting projects, and in commercial applications. Commercial applications include restaurant patios, amusement parks, and special events lighting. Pair these cords with large T50 bulbs, elegant S11 and S14 shaped bulbs, and vintage-style Edison bulbs. Compatible with both incandescent and LED.