As the holidays approach, you’re probably planning your annual light display. Many families use numerous strings of lights in and around their homes to illuminate and decorate for the season. All those lights add up in terms of purchase price and amount of energy you’ll spend to keep them glowing all month long.
LED bulbs use less energy than the standard incandescent holiday lights, which makes them the more energy-efficient choice. LED bulbs emit fewer greenhouse gases than incandescent bulbs, which makes them not only more efficient but more environmentally friendly. LED bulbs require less wattage to run so that you will use less electricity to power the same number of lights over standard string lights. This can save you up to 80% on your electric bill this season when compared to regular holiday lights. This is a benefit for those who like to create a large display.
LED bulbs last around 50,000 hours compared to standard bulbs, which last approximately 1,000 hours. From a durability standpoint, this means that you’ll get 50 times the amount of usage out of a string of LED lights than a string of regular lights. So, while LED lights are more expensive to purchase than incandescent lights, you’ll actually save over the lifetime of the bulbs in energy costs and replacement bulbs.
For even greater savings, purchase LED light strings that are certified as ENERGY STAR.