Advantages of LED Christmas Lights


Since Christmas lights are left on for all hours of the night and LEDs use up to 33% less energy, the holidays are an opportune time to take advantage of LED Christmas lights. But 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 Christmas 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.

Cost Efficient

The price, on average, for LED Christmas lights is a little more than double that of incandescent lights. 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 Christmas 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 Christmas lights use up to 1/3 less power than incandescents, minimizing your monthly electric bill.

Long-lasting and Durable

LED Christmas lights also last up to last 10 times longer than traditional 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. 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 Christmas lights are to blame—a problem that is non-existent with LED lights.


While LED Christmas 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.


fist-of-led-bulbs-xmas-1000bulbsIf you need new Christmas lights for this upcoming holiday season, choose LED Christmas lights. They are difficult to break, last up to 20 years, and use only 1/3 of the energy of incandescent Christmas 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. 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!

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Jessica is the Lead Copywriter at 1000Bulbs.com, meaning she spends 40 hours a week illuminating the world on lighting topics from A to Z. Otherwise, she can be found on an outdoor patio listening to live music or at home playing with her miniature Australian Shepherd, Sydney. Check back often for more of her fun and practical lighting articles!

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