When you're combing the shelves of your local pharmacy or hardware store for Christmas ornaments, decorations, and string lights, do not pass by those boxes of LED lights (if they aren't already prominently displayed at checkout). If you don't already use LED string lights, now is the time to jump on the bandwagon. Here are a few reasons why:
- Energy efficiency. LED bulbs are up to 90 percent more efficient than incandescent bulbs. To put it in perspective, in 2007, when Rockefeller Center decisively switched to using LED lights (30,000 to be exact) on its Christmas tree, power consumption from the tree dropped from 3,510 kwh to 1,297 kwh a day — saving enough to power a single family home for an entire month.
- Affordability. That energy efficiency translates to major savings, around $20/month, on your electricity bill — of high importance during the gift giving season! The retail price of the lights themselves are usually around the same price as incandescent bulbs, but they often come with a rebate, making them much less expensive than their counterpart.
- Longevity. LED string lights have a life of 35,000-50,000 hours, compared to only 2,000 hours for incandescent lights. In yule terms, that translates to about 40 holiday seasons.
- Safety. Since LED lights do not give off heat, you won't have to worry about your brittle evergreen spontaneously bursting into flames. Trust me, it should be a major concern.
Keep reading for five more reasons — including the most important for your stress levels — to use LEDs this year.
- Indestructibility. The bulbs of LED string lights have a thick epoxy casing that's nearly impossible to break.
- No more tangles. The wires of LED string lights are much thicker than their incandescent rivals and are much less likely to wind up in a big old tangled mess.
- Rust-proof. If you're planning to use your LED lights outdoors or just expect to have cocktails spilling this season, you'll be happy to know the light's components won't rust in moisture.
- Fool-proof. Though they may sound scary and "different," installing and hanging LED string lights is no different than hanging incandescent string lights. They have a standard two-prong accessory plug and require a standard 120 VAC, 60 Hz house current.
- And last, but certainly not least . . . no burnt out bulbs! Instead of the filament used in incandescent bulbs, which can burn out and render the whole string of lights useless, LED lights' light-emitting diodes' use the movement of electrons in a semiconductor material as their light source. So there'll be no hours of wasted light-hanging time in your future!