Advantages of LED Christmas Lights
With Christmas in July promotions in full swing, now is an opportune time to purchase LED Christmas lights. But why should you use LED Christmas lights as opposed to traditional lights? For starters, one of the best times to take advantage of LED savings is over the holidays. Leaving regular Christmas lights on for 10 hours a night over 2-3 months can cause your energy usage, and thus your electricity bill, to noticeably rise. However, LED Christmas lights demand far less electricity than incandescent lights—up to 33% less, according to Consumer Reports. But LED Christmas lights not only use less energy and cost less money; they also offer several other advantages over their incandescent predecessors. So let’s take a look at the reasons why you should upgrade your Christmas lights to LED this holiday season.
By now, everyone is (or 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 price, on average, for LED Christmas lights is a little more than double that of incandescent lights. Although this may seem steep, LED savings can equal their cost over the course of just 4 seasons—or a full-year of continuous use, if you’re using them artistically in places such as the bedroom. As Christmas lights are supposed to be long-lasting items you can bring out year after year, they will undoubtedly pay for themselves over time. But in the more immediate sense, LED Christmas lights, which use up to 1/3 less power than incandescents, can minimize your monthly electric bill.
Longevity and Durability
LED Christmas lights also last much, much longer than traditional Christmas lights. Because of their more efficient technology, LED lights are projected to last 10 times longer than incandescent lights, and they are far more durable. 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. One of the main reasons LEDs are so long-lasting is because unlike incandescents, they don’t have filaments which heat up and can 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 Christmas lights are to blame –a problem that is non-existent with LED lights.
In addition, LED Christmas lights come in the same shapes and sizes as traditional incandescent lights, from C7 and C9 bulbs to mini light strings, while offering the same light quality. However, 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. You can find out more about your options in our LED Christmas Light String Guide. And LEDs aren’t just limited to use in 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 all the more festive.
If you need new Christmas lights for this upcoming holiday season, go LED. LED Christmas lights are difficult to break, last a considerably long time (up to 20 years of continuous use) and they’re energy efficient, using only 1/3 of the energy of incandescent Christmas mini-lights and 1/100 of C7 or C9 lights. Moreover, because LED lights don’t have a filament like incandescent bulbs, they won’t burn out or get hot, which makes them better quality and much safer to use. And because of their longevity and durability, you won’t have to buy replacement bulbs or new light strings every year. If you’re still wondering what LED Christmas lights can do for you, watch our Christmas YouTube videos to see some of the many possibilities.