Trimming your tree or decorating your home with Christmas lights made with light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, can save energy and reduce your energy bill! First introduced in 2001, ENERGY STAR qualified LED lights are 90 percent more efficient, use at least 75% less energy, and last 25 times longer, than traditional incandescent Christmas lighting.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, if everyone replaced their conventional holiday lights with LEDs, at least two billion kilowatt-hours of electricity could be saved in a month! The estimated cost of electricity to light a six-foot tree for 12 hours a day for 40 days with LEDs is only $0.27, compared to $10.00 using traditional Christmas lights! In addition, the estimated cost of buying and operating lights for 10 holiday seasons is $122.19 for incandescent lights versus $17.99 for LED lights.
What are some other advantages of LED holiday lights?
- LEDs are safer. They are cool to the touch, and they have a reduced risk of causing household fires.
- LEDs are sturdier. They are made with no glass and are shock resistant, thus less apt to break.
- LEDs last longer. Due to their efficiency, LED holiday lights can be reused far into the future.
- LEDs are easy to install compared to traditional incandescent lights. Up to 25 strings of LEDs can be connected without overloading a wall socket!
Don’t just stop with purchasing LED holiday lights; make sure to conserve the energy you use as well. Be sure to turn off or unplug holiday lights during the day when lighting is unnecessary. You can also set your lights on a timer to easily save energy and help your lights last longer.
By: Ali Minarcik