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String Lights Brightness Comparison

How bright are string lights? And how to LED bulbs compare to incandescents? See for yourself!


Each Mr Beams string light is designed to transform any living space. But between different bulb types and cord styles - not to mention the difference between LED and incandescent bulbs - how do you decide which string light is best for your space? Our brightness comparison tool is designed to help you with exactly that decision!

Each string light style comes in an LED version and an incandescent version.* Use the comparison tool above to compare the different styles. Use our side-by-side images below to compare LEDs and incandescents.

Incandescent G40 Bulbs

LED G40 Bulbs

Incandescent S14 Bulbs

LED S14 Bulbs

Incandescent ST58 Bulbs

LED ST58 Bulbs

The string light family is packed with features to help create the ambience you want for your space, including decks, patios, gazebos and porches. Once you find the light that's right for you, keep in mind that each Mr Beams string light comes equipped with signature features, including:

Stylized bulbs for enhanced decor

Dimming capabilities*

Ability to connect multiple strings end-to-end*

Minimum IP44 weatherproof rating

Weatherproof design for outdoor use**

*Excluding the MB12024 Solar String Lights
**The MB10011 and MB10012 String Lights with G40 Bulbs are also able to be used indoors. The other string light models are designed solely for outdoor use.

Compare Mr Beams String Lights

Incandescent, G40 Bulbs LED. G40 Bulbs Incandescent, S14 Bulbs LED, S14 Bulbs Nostalgic Incandescent, ST58 Bulbs Nostalgic LED, ST58 Bulbs Solar LED, S14 Bulbs
Light source

Incandescent

LED

Incandescent

LED

Incandescent

LED

LED

Bulb type

G40

G40

S14

S14

ST58

ST58

S14

Bulb base

E12 / C7

E12 / C7

E26

E26

E26

E26

E26

Bulb wattage

5

1

11

2

40

4

0.6

Bulb spacing (ft.)

1

1

2.4

2.4

1.47 / 1.54

1.47 / 1.54

1.67 / 1.98

Brightness (lumens/bulb)

80

80

176

180

300

300

90

Dimmable
Weatherproof
Outdoor only
Max watts per run

840

432

880

880

1200

1200

NA

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