And most of us do; we decorate our trees and houses, hang lights from the roof and wrap bushes in twinkling colorful strings of light. We frame our windows with more strings of lights and set up electric candles to be seen from outside. And then, to top it off, we put a tree in our living room and decorate that with even more lights; all in the name of festivity.
Don’t get me wrong, I do the same thing. These are beacons a light and joy in our otherwise dark winter nights. But did you ever think about how much energy those lights consume? And what about safety issues as we plug 5, 10, 15 strands of incandescent lamps into one socket?
A friend of mine (thanks Chris) send me this photo showing a burned electric candle he had sitting in a window. Imagine that happening in your home; next thing you know the curtain is on fire and you have yourself a major catastrophe just before the holidays.
Here’s a table from Skylers Holiday Lights a company specializing in holiday lights in Texas. $2.25 per string doesn’t sound much, but scale it up. I have a modest 8 strings around the house and yard, plus 3 in the tree; that’s 11 x $2.25 = $24.75. Switching to LED would mean $0.44; that’s $24.31 extra cash in my pocket.
And there are many other benefits to switching to LED Holiday Lights:
Because LED lights only transmit light and not heat, they stay cool, reducing the risk of fire or burnt fingers that incandescent lights can cause.
Incandescent lights and mini lights are made of glass or thin plastic, making broken bulbs a common occurrence. LEDs are surrounded by an unbreakable poly resin.
An LED string will typically last about 40 holiday seasons.
Because LEDs use so little energy, they are better for the environment and your electricity bill.
So in the end consider this: While LED string lights do cost more initially, they drastically lower operating costs and provide a safer means to celebrate the season.
And check with your local Home Depot: Many offer old light recycling and will give you a discount off your next purchase.
Or check out this company online: Holiday Lights recycle and rebate program