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Advantages of LED Christmas Lights - Save Money by Switching to LED Christmas Lights

 

Instead of devoting an entire day to unraveling and untangling those cheap incandescent lights, throw them out altogether. You’d be doing yourself a favor by saving time and money by simply switching to LED lights for your holiday lighting needs.

 

Differences between LED and Incandescent Lights

LED lights don’t create heat. Incandescent lights do, creating a fire hazard. Since it isn’t encapsulated in glass, LED lights are more durable and can withstand all kinds of weather and the clumsiest of fingers. Incandescent lights can shatter quite easily and cannot withstand harsh weather conditions. While incandescent lights last over 2,000 hours, LED surpasses this and can last up to 50,000 hours (or more, depending on the type of LED light).

 

Oppositions

Now, there are a few oppositions to overcome when deciding whether or not to make the switch. One is the immediate costs. While incandescent lights cost pennies on the dollar, LED lights can cost up to 10 times as much, depending on the kind. Because of manufacturers going above and beyond to meet the demand, the cost is going down.

 

Also, people complain of a blue tint in the lights when they really wanted (and paid for) white lights. It is true; LED lights are incredibly bright and tend to have a slightly blue tint to them. However, developers of LED technology have been combating this since the product’s inception and have researched and developed warm white LED Christmas lights that give that warm, white light we’re all used to.

 

Pros

In addition to being incredibly energy-efficient, saving you noticeable chunks of cash off your electric bill, LED Christmas lights are incredibly durable. Every year as you’re planning your lighting scheme, there’s sure to be 1 or 2 or 10 bulbs in your incandescent light line that need changing. Imagine not having to worry about untangling long lines of incandescent lights only to have to purchase extra bulbs to replace the burned out ones. LED Christmas lights help to eliminate extra work and extra costs by lasting up to 50,000 hours, depending on the type. That means no buying or installing extra bulbs, which also equates to extra savings. Also, because they have no glass covers to break, hazards are reduced. Even fire hazards drop, considering that LED lights burn cooler than its incandescent counterparts.

 

The prices of LED lights are coming down because of the flooding of the market due to numerous manufacturers creating competition (competition equates to lower costs for the consumer). However, where LED lights tend to make a big difference is on your electric bill. Think about it: when you have Christmas lights up, they’re on for at least 6 hours—if not longer—everyday for the holiday season with each light sucking in energy to stay lit. Over the course of a holiday season with traditional incandescent lights, you’d see a spike of at least $70 on your electric bill, based on the U.S average cost of a kilowatt hour ($0.12). The Christmas tree lights alone can cost five to ten dollars to run for a season! If you use LED lights, your electric bill hardly notices any difference, with maybe a dollar or two-dollar increase, depending on your usage.

 

When you’re shopping for LED Christmas lights, just look for the words “warm white” if you need LED lights that look like your traditional incandescent light bulbs. You’ll find that you made a sound investment by purchasing lights that will last you many Christmases and save you a lot of money on your electric bill.