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LED Christmas lights are filling the shelves at local stores and that’s a good thing. In the last several years, the LED light has become easy to find for holiday decorating. Available in a variety of shapes and colors, people unfamiliar with the benefits of LED lights may have difficulty choosing what to buy.
The first year we shopped for LED lights I was overwhelmed, especially by the price. But, over the last couple of years I have replaced quite a few of our lights both in my office and around the house. Our Christmas lights are almost entirely LED now, but for a few on the one tree downstairs. Hopefully we can switch the remaining ones this season.
When it comes to decorating the tree, there are many benefits to using LED lights. So how do you know when it’s time to pull the plug on your old school lights and make the switch to LED Christmas lights?
There are many reasons to switch from old energy hogging traditional lights and bulbs to LED lights. Here are a few of the best reasons.
Each year, about a dozen people die in Christmas tree related fires. One of the benefits of LED lights over other types of Christmas lights is that LED lights remain cool to the touch when lit. LED lights only heat up one or two degrees when lit. This helps to prevent fires, especially in homes that decorate with real trees. The cooler temperature helps keep dry trees from bursting into flames due to the heat from several strings of lights.
LED lights do not use the fragile filament found in standard lights. This benefit leads to lights that are less fragile. LED lights can burn up to 4,000 hours, which is significantly longer than the standard light bulb. Many lights are made with water-proof materials making the acceptable for both indoor and outdoor use.
One of the main benefits of LED lights is the amount of money saved when using this type of light to decorate a tree with. Up to 90% less energy is used when decorating with LED lights. Less energy used means lower electric bills during the holidays, when money is tight. Someone who puts a lot of time and energy into decorating can save quite a bit of money if using LED lights. That’s super important. Don’t discount saving energy!!
When Christmas LED lights were initially introduced, they were often a lot pricier than other holiday lights. Today, this is no longer quite as true. The average price of LED lights is now comparable to other types of lights used to decorate the tree.
LED lights can be very bright. For those who like an eye-catching holiday tree, LED lights are the way to go. Needing fewer lights to achieve the same effect as older lights is an added benefit. This means less time stringing lights on the tree and more time to spend enjoying the holiday.
Christmas LED Lights
This year when it is time to decorate the tree, consider replacing some of your older holiday lights with new strands of LED lights. The advantages are many. If every home switched to LED lights, a lot of energy would be saved this holiday season.