Save Money This Christmas With LED Lights

After thinking about it for the last couple of Christmases, this year we finally spent the money to get outdoor LED lights and an LED pre-lit Christmas tree. While LED lights can cost more upfront than traditional incandescent bulbs, this expense is easily made up for by the cost savings throughout their life.

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First there’s the energy savings, where LED lighting can be run for only 10-20% of the cost of the traditional lights. Obviously this can really add up if you tend to decorate like you’re Clark Griswold. You can also help with saving on your electricity bill by using a timer to control when they come on and turn off.

When looking at the purchase price, another point to consider is the lifespan of LED lights. LED are estimated to last somewhere between 50,000 and 100,000 hours. Lets say you have your Christmas lights on for 12 hours during each night of November and December. Even if the LEDs lasted for only 20,000 hours, they would continue to work for 27 Christmases! Compare that to incandescent lights, which can start to burn out after 2,000 hours and could need bulbs replaced in their third year.

Other benefits of LEDs are that they are less likely to break and also run cool to the touch. Both of which are very important if you put up a real tree as incandescent bulbs can pose a fire hazard. With all the benefits of LED, maybe this will be the year you decide to upgrade as well?

Written by Tom Drake

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11 Responses to Save Money This Christmas With LED Lights

  1. Great idea. I love my LED Christmas lights. We bought mini globe-style, as some of the LEDs out there are too big for my tastes. These are perfect and give a similar light to the traditional mini-lights.
    We use a timer for the outdoor lights, and we also found an easy to use on/off switch that hangs on the tree – looks like a snowflake ornament, but it’s a touch sensitive switch.

  2. Great post. I particularly like the reference to Clark Griswold! He would have saved quite a lot of money if he had used LED and maybe the extra generator wouldn’t need to have been used.

  3. The LED BULBS have a 50 times longer life than the old light bulbs. The new LED BULBS have a life of over 50,000 hours, as compared to the old ones with around 1,000 hours of life, so you can used these LEDs for many Christmases.

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