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Tis the Season for Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights

Holiday season calls for festive decorating around the house. Whether you’re setting up your Christmas tree or putting up lights outside, here are some helpful hints to help you decorate around the home.

Picking Out Christmas Lights

There are a couple different lights to choose from. We’ll tell you the difference so you can know what you’re looking at when you go to the store.

Types of Lights

  • Incandescent String Lights – Inexpensive and have been standard for years. Variety of styles and colors available.
  • LED (light-emitting diode) lights – LEDs are initially more expensive than incandescents, but are 85% more energy efficient and can last up to 40 holiday seasons. They also remain cool to the touch. They give off a bright light with various shapes and colors.
  • White Lights – White light gives your tree a classic look without distracting from your ornaments.
  • Colored Lights – Multicolored lights give your tree a more vintage look. Lights can also come in a string of one color (pink, purple, blue, etc).

Size of Light Bulbs 

C9 & C7 – C standards for cone shaped. C9 light bulbs are over 2” long and fit an E17 base. C7 are smaller than the C9 bulbs. They have an E12 base (the same as a nightlight). They are about 1 ½” long.

C9 and C7 lightbulb

Both the C7 and C9 light bulb types are pretty and can double as an ornament. In the traditional, incandescent style, they put off a lot of a heat. Because of the high heat that is put off from the lights, it is recommended to not decorate your tree with either of these “C” shaped lightbulbs. They do come in LED options if you like the look on your tree.

Mini lights – this size of lights is what is recommended for your Christmas tree.

Tip: Pets or small children will grab at low hanging ornaments or lights. Keep that in mind when decorating.

How many lights do you need for your tree?

A go-to rule is 100 lights for every-foot-and-a-half of tree. To make your tree extra lit, an additional strand of lights to wrap around the trunk of the tree would be recommended. Below is a quick estimate for each size of Christmas tree height.

How many lights do  you need for your tree?

Tree Height        # Mini Lights            5mm LEDs              C7 Bulbs

4′                             400                               300                           25
6′                             600                               450                           50
8’                             800                               600                           100
10’                           1,000                            750                           150
12’                           1,200                            900                           200
14′                           1,500                            1,125                        250
20′                            2,000                           1,500                        480

Tip: Position your tree about 2 feet from a corner or wall so you can easily access the back of the tree as you place the lights and ornaments.

Tip: Purchase a timer to help you utilize your Christmas lights to their fullest as well as saving money on your electricity bill.

Calculate your Electricity Usage Cost

  1. Know your wattage (you can check it on the lights box package or online).
  2. Take your wattage and multiply 0.001 to find kwh (kilo-watt hour)
  3. Multiply by your average of having your lights on (5 is pretty standard) to find the kwh/day.
  4. Multiply by 30 (for how many days in the holiday season) to find the kwh/season.
  5. Multiply by 11.3 cents (or whatever your rate is) to calculate your cost.

The Formulas visualized:
Watts x 0.001 = kwh
Kwh x 5 hours a day = kwh/day
Kwh/day x 30 days = kwh/season
Kwh/season x .113 cents = cost

2019 Champion Scholars Scholarship Winners

Champion Energy is committed to the community and charities we support, as we work to power lives and power businesses. The Champion Scholars scholarship program was created to recognize those that feel the same way. We received thousands of applications, from students in Texas.

Applications were evaluated based on academic performance, awards, volunteerism, and the response to this question: Being a champion is about more than winning or being number one. Sometimes being a champion is about giving back to the community, standing up for your beliefs, or supporting a cause you believe in. What makes you a champion in your school or community? We are very proud to recognize this year’s scholarship winners:

$5,000 Champion Scholars Award

Pilar Ibarra from Sugar Land, Texas

Pilar is the recipient of a $5,000 Champion Scholars award. Pilar attends Dulles High School where she succeeds in and out of the classroom. Pilar served as the Operations Manager of Miracle Club and was instrumental in putting together the club’s first annual Color Run, resulting in $22,000 donated to Texas Children’s Hospital.

Pilar will be studying Psychology at Texas A&M University in College Station.

“My service experience with Miracle Club has been invaluable to me in the realization that no matter which way, fighting for others will always be what keeps me going, and what makes me a champion for my community.”

$3,000 Champion Scholars Award

Rebecca Read from Houston, Texas

Rebecca is the recipient of a $3,000 Champion Scholars award. Rebecca attends Memorial High School. She spent all four years of high school tutoring at The Branch, which is an after-school program for underprivileged kids. Here, she implemented a science lab program that provided the kids hands-on experience in an environment outside of the classroom.
Rebecca will be studying Business at the University of Texas in Austin.

“I think what makes me a champion is the fact that I was able to make a big difference in a small way. By taking the time to invest myself and my resources into the education of a small group of kids, I know that I have fostered an interest in learning that extends beyond the few hours spent in school each day. I exposed these kids to something new and sparked an interest in them that I feel cannot be underestimated.”

$2,000 Champion Scholars Award

Mason Hoover from Missouri City, Texas

Mason is the recipient of a $2,000 Champion Scholars award. Mason attends Elkins High School. Since childhood, Mason has been volunteering from the early days of flag duty in elementary school to yearly mission trips as he got older. He is an Eagle Scout with leadership positions on the swim team, ROTC and the National Honor Society.
Mason will be studying Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University in College Station.

“I am a champion in that I have given myself opportunities to show others how to be. On many occasions, I had grown men and women ask me how old I was, to which I would respond “16”. The looks of disbelief still haunt me to this day. I am a champion in my community because I have never let my age prevent me from setting the example for all those who stand around me”

Learn more about Champion Energy’s commitment to community service.

2018 Champion Scholars Scholarship Winners

Champion Energy is committed to the community and charities we support, as we work to power lives and power businesses. The Champion Scholars scholarship program was created to recognize those that feel the same way. We received over 4,000 applications, from students in Texas, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Illinois, Ohio, Massachusetts and Delaware.

Applications were evaluated based on academic performance, awards, volunteerism, and the response to this question: Being a champion is about more than winning or being number one. Sometimes being a champion is about giving back to the community, standing up for your beliefs, or supporting a cause you believe in. What makes you a champion in your school or community? We are very proud to recognize this year’s scholarship winners:

$5,000 Champion Scholars Award

Brooke Rennie from Red Oak, Texas

Brooke is the recipient of a $5,000 Champion Scholars award. Brooke attends Red Oak High School  where she succeeds in and out of the classroom. Brooke is involved with Student Council, the art club, debate team, and soccer to name a few. She will be studying Nursing at the University of Texas at Austin.


“I have explored different interests and found the things that I feel real passion for and married them with the traits and gifts that I excel at. I have patched together a quilt of hobbies, activities and experiences that I believe give a truly accurate description of who I am as a person. I agree that being a champion encompasses more than just being the best at something. Being a champion means channeling the talents and gifts that you have to work with…putting one hundred percent of your effort into doing something meaningful.”

$2,000 Champion Scholars Award

Melody Shannon from Powderly, Texas

Melody is the recipient of a $2,000 Champion Scholars award. Melody is active with FFA (Future Farmers of America). Additionally, she has volunteered with the Salvation Army, local nursing homes, animal shelters and more. She will be studying Land Surveying at Oklahoma State University with ambitions to attend law school in the future.


“I am doing my best to serve others.  In the future, I hope to influence government agencies to create stricter guidelines for grain bin safety.  As a surveyor and lawyer, I feel that I will have the means and education to lobby and advocate for this very important issue.  My hope is that I can be champion for deserving causes.”

Learn more about Champion Energy’s commitment to community service.