This Christmas, choose energy-efficient lighting, such as LEDs. You can save a lot of money on your electrical bills without sacrificing performance or style by switching to LEDs. The upfront costs are higher, but you will quickly make your money back.
Instead of using old incandescent Christmas lights, use your electrical savings on gifts for your loved ones. LED Christmas lights are up to 90% more efficient than traditional incandescent lights. Additionally, they are brighter, more durable, and cooler to the touch. This makes them a lot safer by preventing fires and electrical overloads. It also makes them more convenient and versatile since you can now connect more strings of LEDs together without risking electrical dangers or overloads.
If you don’t like the “look” of LEDs, you may be surprised by technological advances in recent years. When LED lights were first introduced to the market, they were criticized for being too white/blue and irritating to the eyes. Now, however, they come in a wide variety of colors, mostly in the 2200-6500K range. If you want a “warmer,” more traditional look, look for the “warm” white label.
Benefits of LED Christmas and Holiday Lights
Many of us already know about the benefits of LED lighting, including the fact that they use a lot less energy, have much longer lifespans, and are more durable than other lighting types. In addition to being about 90% more efficient than incandescent light bulbs, they also have the following benefits:
- Safer: LEDs are much cooler than incandescent lights, reducing the risk of combustion or burnt fingers.
- Sturdier: LEDs are made with epoxy lenses, not glass, and are much more resistant to breakage.
- Longer Lasting: The same LED string could still be in use 40 holiday seasons from now.
- Easier to Install: Up to 25 strings of LEDs can be connected end-to-end without overloading a wall socket.
Learn more about the differences between incandescent and LED Christmas lights.
The LED Difference
There are many differences between LED lights and halogens, fluorescents, or incandescents:
- Light Source: LEDs are the size of a fleck of pepper, and a mix of red, green, and blue LEDs is typically used to make white light.
- Direction: LEDs emit light in a specific direction, reducing the need for reflectors and diffusers that can trap light. This feature makes LEDs more efficient for many uses such as recessed downlights and task lighting. With other types of lighting, the light must be reflected to the desired direction and more than half of the light may never leave the fixture.
- Heat: LEDs emit very little heat. In comparison, incandescent bulbs release 90% of their energy as heat and CFLs release about 80% of their energy as heat.
Additional Christmas Light Safety
To avoid all of the dangers associated with Christmas lights, ladders, extension cords and electricity, it’s best to hire a pro to install your Christmas lights. We do not recommend install Christmas lights on your own if you do not have the proper tools, equipment, or experience.
If you do choose to install Christmas lights yourself:
- Go over ladder safety.
- Go over extension cord safety and outdoor wiring safety.
- Learn how to protect your outlets and plugs from rain and moisture.
- Inspect all Christmas lights before using.
- Don’t use nails or staples to hang Christmas lights.
- Make sure all of your Christmas lights have been tested by an independent testing laboratory, such as UL.
Advantages of hiring a pro this Christmas:
- Fully licensed and insured professional electricians
- Cost-effective and convenient
- Enhanced safety
- High quality, unique displays
Don’t Overload Your Circuit
LEDs use a lot less energy than traditional Christmas lights. Although it’s nearly impossible to overload your electrical circuit using LED Christmas lights, it’s still possible. For more information on avoiding overloaded circuits, read our article “Are Your Christmas Lights Tripping the Breaker?”
If your breaker trips or fuse blows, learn how to safely restore power. Frequently tripping breakers and blown fuses are a clear sign of an electrical issue that should be addressed. Don’t ignore the problem by continuing to flip the breaker switch back on. Contact a professional electrician to diagnose the issue.
For more information on light-emitting diodes, visit our LED FAQ page.
If you have any questions about LED Christmas lights, don’t hesitate to contact The Perfect Light.