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LED Holiday Lighting

Date: 
11/20/12

 

Choose ENERGY STAR® Holiday Lighting

As you make preparations for the winter holidays, your plans may include decorating with festive strings of holiday lights (also referred to as Christmas lights or decorative light strings). Light-emitting diode—or "LED"—holiday lights offer a quality alternative to incandescent lights that will save energy and money this holiday season. While energy-efficient LEDs can be more expensive to buy than their incandescent counterparts, you will make up the extra costs over time on your energy bill.

 

Replace Your Old Light Strings with ENERGY STAR Holiday Lighting

Don’t just add to your tangle of old incandescent light strings; replace them with LED holiday lights to start saving energy. ENERGY STAR LED bulbs can save 75% or more in utility costs, operate at cooler temperatures, and have an operational life span of roughly 20,000 hours (enough to last for 40 holiday seasons).

 

LED holiday lights can be found at most local stores including hardware, home improvement and discount stores, or can also be found in online stores.

 

Wondering if you can recycle those old string lights? Check with your local solid waste district to see if it provides recycling options.

 

Advantages of LED Holiday Lights

  • Reduced energy costs. LEDs use at least 75% less energy than incandescent lighting, saving on operating expenses.
  • Long lasting. LED holiday lights last up to 40 holiday seasons, which is 35 to 50 times longer than incandescent string lights.
  • Safety. LED holiday lights are cooler than standard bulbs, reducing the risk of fire.
  • Durability. LED holiday lights are more durable than incandescent bulbs, with lamps typically made out of solid plastic rather than glass.
  • Warranties. Many LED string lights come with a minimum three-year warranty — far beyond the industry standard for holiday lights.
  • Convenient features. Some LED lights are available with dimming on indoor models and automatic daylight shut-off and motion sensors on outdoor models.

More Energy Saving tips for Holiday Lighting

  • Set your holiday lights on a timer to assure you don’t pay for extra hours.
  • If you don’t use a timer, turn off holiday lights when you leave home or go to bed.
  • Consider saving even more by reducing the importance of lights in your holiday decoration or eliminate decorative holiday lighting altogether.

Don’t Forget Safety When Decorating for the Holidays

  • Make sure all lights you purchase contain the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) label, which means they meet UL safety requirements.
  • Buy the right set for indoor use, outdoor use, or both.
  • Check all light sets for frayed wires, damaged sockets, or cracked insulation. If you find any defects, replace the entire set.

Information courtesy of Efficiency Smart™, the Village of Minster’s partner in providing energy efficiency services for our electric customers. Original article: http://www.efficiencysmart.org/for_your_home/home_lighting/LED_holiday_lights.aspx
 
 

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