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Advantages of LED Holiday Lights
The holidays are an opportune time to take advantage of LED’s. LED lights not only use less energy while helping you save you money, they also offer several other advantages over their incandescent predecessors. Let’s take a look at why you should upgrade your lights this holiday season.
By now, everyone should be aware of the environmental benefits of using less energy. Using less energy means we can keep more of the natural resources we use to produce energy on earth for longer, and it also means we can help reduce the amount of pollution coming from our power plants. Because LEDs use such little power in comparison to energy-guzzling incandescents (an average LED light string consumes less than 5 Watts of power vs. 20 Watts or more for an incandescent string) they are by far the more eco-friendly choice.
The average price of holiday lights is a little more than double that of incandescent ones. Although this may seem steep, LED energy savings can equal their cost over the course of just 4 seasons, or a full-year of continuous use. As holiday lights are supposed to be long-lasting items you can bring out year after year, they will undoubtedly pay for themselves over time. In the more immediate sense, LED lights use up to 1/3 less power than incandescents, minimizing your monthly electric bill.
To reduce your energy consumption even further, use automatic timers for both indoor and outdoor holiday lights. Set timers to turn lights on when it gets dark and off during a reasonable hour later that night. Having the ability to program your lights will eliminate the stress of wondering whether or not you forgot to turn them off before you left the house. Before plugging in and programming, make sure the timer is capable of handling the combined wattage of your lights. According to Energy.gov, keeping light displays on for less than eight hours per night will help you keep your energy costs low.
Long-lasting and Durable
Compared to incandescent, LED lights are far more durable. Typically made of glass, incandescent holiday lights are much more likely to shatter, increasing the risk of house fires. LED light strings use epoxy lenses, or plastic, and are much sturdier and resistant to breakage. LED lights also last up to last 10 times longer than traditional lights. In one study, all the bulbs in an LED light string remained fully lit after 4,000 hours of use, whereas one or two bulbs in an incandescent light string burned out before half that time. A main reason LEDs are so long-lasting is because unlike incandescents, they don’t have filaments which can heat up and burn out. This is also the reason LED options are safer: Did you know that in the U.S. alone, Christmas tree fires lead to an average of 18.3 million dollars in property damage each year? In many cases, hot holiday lights are to blame—a problem that is non-existent with LED lights.
While LED holiday lights come in the same shapes and sizes as traditional lights, from C7 and C9 bulbs to mini light strings, they also come in even more options. LED omni-directional lights emit shimmering all-around light with a magnified spotlight at the tip that will make your light array sparkle and shine, and LED wide angle lights allow for a brighter and wider light coverage than traditional lights. But LEDs aren’t just limited to light stings—they are also often used to make novelty lights such as holiday candles, lanterns, snowfall lights, LED ribbons, as well as an assortment of other illuminations that can make your holiday display more festive.
If you need new holiday lights for this upcoming season, choose LED. They are difficult to break, last up to 20 years, and use only 1/3 of the energy of incandescent mini-lights and 1/100 of traditional C7 or C9 lights. Because LED lights don’t have filaments like incandescent bulbs, they won’t burn out or get hot, and because of their longevity and durability, you won’t have to buy replacement bulbs or new light strings every year.
*Original post by Jessica Banke. Additional content added by Courtney Silva and Angela Rogers.