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Celebrate with Holiday Lighting that Saves Energy and Money

Holiday Lighting
Holiday Lighting

Among the many traditions of this merry season, you can count on burning a hole through your finances all in the name of holiday cheer; why help the hole along by wasting money on Holiday Lighting? LED holiday lights have many advantages over their incandescent counterparts, including the overall money you’ll save by making this festive change.

Yes, it seems like a contradiction to save energy and money on lights you’re supposed to leave on for hours at time, but it is a possibility.

Energy: Enjoy Your Holiday a Little Longer
This season your house can be the first on the block to turn on the lights and the last to turn them off. With reduced energy usage, LED holiday lights can burn for longer periods of time without costing you more in utilities. Compared to incandescent string lights, LEDs save an average of 80% in energy usage.

Money: A Sound Investment
A good investment in LED holiday lighting will pay for itself along with saving you energy costs. Over 10 holiday seasons, purchasing and operating LED C-9 lights will cost under $22 compared to over $115 for incandescent C-9 lights — that’s over 400% in savings!

Looking for savings you can see right now? To keep a six-foot tree lit for 12 hours a day for a 40-day period will cost $0.39/day using LED C-9 lights. In comparison, the incandescent equivalent will rob you of $9.50/day in electricity costs.

Stronger, Longer Lasting Lights
Epoxy lenses make up LED string lights, not glass, so there is less possibility of breakage compared to incandescent lights. Because they are stronger and use less energy, LEDs last 25x longer and could keeping working for 40 seasons or more.

Less of a Fire Hazard
LEDs are cooler to the touch on the inside than incandescent bulbs are, making it easy to avoid burnt fingers and flammable lighting. LEDs also don’t overload wall sockets, since they can connect from one end to the next.

Though LED holiday lighting can cost a bit more upfront, the long-term savings in energy and money with the added benefit of safer lighting are well worth the higher cost.

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How to Save Electricity with Holiday Lights.. Use LED Lights & Light Timers.

The holidays are just around the corner. Almost time to put up the holiday lights. But if you’re like me, you want to be festive but habor some guilt around putting up holiday lights because they use up so much energy. Assuming you put up the lights end of November and take them down end of December for an average of 5 hours daily that’s around 150 hours! According to a study done by the Washington State University Energy Program the average cost of lighting up 5 standard C-7 light string with 25 bulbs(that has incandescent bulbs) for 150 hours uses up 500W and costs around $26.8. That almost $27 for not a lot of lights. Most houses probably use up 2-3 times that. So what do you do to save energy?

The answer is LED Holiday Lights. They are safer, don’t heat up as much use a fraction of the energy. Using the same example. an LED light string would use up 12W of energy and cost $6,2. Take for instance this C6 LED Light String. It contains 70 bulbs and consumes 4.8 Watts of energy.

You can go a step further and hook up the lights with a Outdoor Light timer . This timer has a built in photocell so you have the choice of selecting dusk-to-dawn operation or a progammable mode with a 1 to 9 hour countdown after dusk. e.g. you can set the lights to turn on at dusk and have it turn off automatically after 4 hours.