Looking to light up your home for the holidays?
LED lights are the way to go. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, LED holiday lights consume less electricity and are:
Since LEDs are much cooler than incandescent lights, there’s less chance of combustion (or even finger burns!)
LEDs aren’t made from glass, so they’re much more difficult to break.
The same LED string could still be in use 40 holiday seasons from now.
Easier to install
Up to 25 strings of LEDs can be connected end-to-end without overloading a wall socket.
Did we mention they use less electricity? It’s not even close.
Estimated cost of electricity to light a six-foot tree for 12 hours a day for 40 days
Incandescent C-9 lights: $10.99 compared to LED C-9 lights: $0.27
Incandescent Mini-lights: $2.74 compared to LED Mini-lights: $0.82
And that’s just for one year.
Looking at total cost over a 10-year period, it’s even more impressive:
Estimated cost of buying and operating lights for 10 holiday seasons
Incandescent C-9 lights: $122.19 compared to LED C-9 lights: $17.99
Incandescent Mini-lights: $55.62 compared to LED Mini-lights: $33.29
Remember, though, that no matter which kind of holiday light you choose, you’ll still need to be careful when storing them once the season’s over. Keep the connections in good condition by wrapping the lights around a piece of cardboard, or recycle the tube from a roll of paper towels to use as a cover. Either way, you’ll be ahead of the game by not creating a tangled mess to deal with next year.