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Blog posts tagged with 'Globe Lights'

All About Globe Lights: G30, G40, G50

Globe lights are becoming more and more popular every year.  Either using them for outdoor lighting projects or in special events, globe lights are the top choice of professional decorators and do-it-yourselfers.  


Our customers use these globe bulbs to create:

  • A canopy of lights for weddings and
  • Light up special events 
  • Restaurant patios and indoor spaces
  • Light up their home or gardens, and decks  


At Novelty Lights, we get a lot of questions about the differences between the 3 different globe shaped bulbs that we offer in both LED and Incandescent, listed from largest to smallest:



What size bulbs we recomend: 

For restaurants and other venues where the lights will be used daily, LED is becoming a popular choice because of the huge energy and cost savings.  G50 is the biggest size globe bulbs available and the one we recomend . For other projects, it really depends on how large of a bulb you want and what size socket you are needing to fit. Our G50 bulbs are definitely the most popular, followed by our G40s and G30s.


   The G50 bulbs use an E17 base, which is also called a C9 or intermediate base. The G40 and G30 bulbs use a smaller E12 or C7/Candelabra base. You can change out your globe lights for C7 or C9 Christmas lights for the holidays, just be sure that you order the correct size for your stringers!

Below you will see a table that compares our globe light options:




Base Size

Life Span


Comparison Photo



130 Volt

E12/C7 aka


3000 hour





130 Volt

E12/C7 aka


3000 hour




130 Volt

E17/C9 aka Intermediate Base

or we do sell a clear G50 bulb with an E12/C7 base.


3000 hour




0.74 - Watt

0.01 Amps/bulb

E17/C9 Intermediate Base

40,000 hour

Same dimensions as G50

Same dimensions as G50



7 Patio Light Ideas to Create an Outdoor Experience


All summer long, the warm weather makes for comfortable evenings sipping lemonade on the porch while watching fireflies flash or the kids play. Standard porch lights are mounted to the side of your house, and give off one harsh light that allows for limited visibility. Create an outdoor experience on your porch, patio or deck by ditching the traditional bulb, and integrating a different kind of luminescence.

7 Patio Light Ideas for a Creative Outdoor Experience

Mini Lights

A popular trend is the use of Christmas lights year round in the yard or on the porch. The warm glow of mini lights creates a twinkling illusion, and relaxed atmosphere that embodies the comfort of gathering outside. Mini lights can be draped from the house, across a pergola, dangling from the porch above, or simply strung along a wall or fence to create an outdoor experience of summertime comfort.

Stake Lights

Often solar powered, stake lights can be purchased at any home improvement or garden center. They simply get placed into the ground wherever you choose throughout your yard and attract the energy from the daytime sun to power nighttime luminance. You can use as few or as many stake lights as you’d like, and by strategically placing them around your yard, you can create a porch experience that will last year round.

Globe Lights

Different from the smaller mini lights, globe string lights are a great way to add warm light and sophisticated elegance to your outdoor living space. The large, round bulb creates an industrial look as a luxurious and trendy way to decorate outside. Your porch is a gathering place. By stringing globe lights across the porch and sitting area, you’re sure to establish an outdoor experience like no other.


Intimate and timeless, candlelight has long been a solution in transforming a regular living space into an intimate gathering spot. Candles have to be lit individually every time they are used, but their natural luminance gives off a subdued amount of light that creates a comfortable and close outdoor experience.

Patio Umbrella Lights

Buy a battery operated starlight sphere and hang it from your open patio umbrella to illuminate your dinner party table. These lights couldn’t be easier to use and hang and will provide hours of perfect lighting. Not needing to complicate your space with cords means this lighting idea can be put together effortlessly and will look fantastic.


Old chandeliers are a great accessory in lighting your patio throughout the year. Many people throw away chandeliers when they no longer work due to faulty wiring, or when light bulbs can no longer be found to replace old ones. Rather than tossing that beautiful decoration, wrap it in mini lights and hang it on the front porch. The string lights get plugged in, and the chandelier hangs effortlessly above your outdoor gathering or late night conversation, creating an elegant space and experience.

Rope Light

Rope lights

Also, a seasonal favorite, rope light is generally found in the holiday section throughout the winter. It's year round use is often overlooked, as rope lighting makes for a great porch illuminator, that is accompanied by a warm and organized appearance. Nothing hangs or dangles, or takes away from your porch’s existing beauty. Rope of light just adds visibility and style to any outdoor living space. We love to string rope light along a deck or even to wrap a deck with rope light for a crisp, classic look.

Transform your porch and outdoor living space with the help of some easy-to-use luminous decoration. Create an outdoor experience that you can enjoy year-round by incorporating these innovative light solutions to your outdoor living space. If you have any questions about how to illuminate your outdoor space, contact the experts at Novelty Lights at 1-800-209-6122