LED lights: Why new technology is the way to go
Most of us remember growing up with the tradition of stringing the Christmas tree every year with incandescent holiday lights.
Remember when a fuse would go out and render a string of lights useless?
Today, those incandescents are following the same career arc as the VHS tape or rotary phone. LED lights (short for light emitting diode) are taking over the holiday lighting scene.
Cost effectiveness is a significant benefit of these new lights. According to energy.gov, LED lights consume 70 percent less energy than incandescent light strands. The same article states that it only costs $.27 to light a 6-foot tree for 12 hours a day for 40 days with LED lights. That same tree would cost $10 with incandescents.
Let’s dig deeper into the benefits of LED lights:
Some people scale back the amount of lights they use at their home every Christmas because they don’t want to pay a fortune on their energy bills.
But LED lights can help you cut down on that cost in a big way. You already saw the stats proving LED lights are much more efficient than incandescents.
But consider some new facts. According to an article in the Washington Post, old-fashioned incandescent bulbs use 10-times more electricity as LEDs.
In 2003, the Department of Energy estimated that holiday lights accounted for 2.22 terawatt-hours of energy per year in the United States. That is roughly the equivalent of the energy consumed by 200,000 homes annually.
It’s easy to see why all homeowners would benefit from LED lights.
New Christmas lights could mean a decreased fire risk when it comes time for the holidays.
According to apartmenttherapy.com, LED Christmas lights tend to burn cooler than traditional bulbs. This low-temperature bulb helps decrease the chances that a fire could start.
That is important, considering that each year an estimated 240 home fires nationally are caused by Christmas trees, and another 150 home fires involve holiday lights.
LED bulbs will help save you money and keep your home safe.
Replacement bulbs are a must-have when using incandescent Christmas lights.
But malfunctions are not as common with LED lights. According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, one strand of LED lights can last 10 times longer than traditional incandescent strands. LEDs also use less energy, meaning up to 25 strings can be connected end-to-end without overloading a wall socket.
So if you are in the market to save money this holiday season, LED lights are the way to go. A strand of LEDs might cost a little more at the checkout counter, but the savings will continue to add up. Make the smart choice this Christmas and choose LED lights.
Fact about cost of LED versus traditional lights: http://energy.gov/articles/how-do-holiday-lights-work
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency