It seems like the holiday season arrives at stores earlier every year. St. Nick seems to make his appearance even before Halloween nowadays. Whether you’re happy to see twinkling lights in October or not, it’s never too early to think about how you decorate your house every year.
LEDs, or light-emitting diodes, are becoming increasing in popularity not just for the holidays, but for every light in a house. Whether you hang one strand off your door, or go all out with inflatable Santa and reindeer, using LED lights will save you money and give you a brilliant display.
Consumer Reports actually recommends using LED lights instead of incandescent lights for a number of reasons. LEDs use up to 75 percent less energy than standard incandescent holiday strands. That translates to saving on average of $1 to $11 per usage period over incandescent lights.
Unlike incandescent bulbs, LED lights actually never burn out, but they simply dim over time. So there’s no need to buy brand new strands of lights every time December rolls around (or buy a whole new strand when only one bulb goes out). Incandescent lights usually last up to 3,000 hours, which is about 125 days. However, LED lights are rated by Consumer Reports for 25,000 to 50,000 hours, which is between 1,041 and 2,083 days - that’s nearly six years.
LEDs also remain relatively cool to the touch, while energy from incandescent light bulbs comes off as heat. The risk of fire is pretty low with most holiday light strands, however, there is still a risk when you have a dry Christmas tree and warm incandescent light bulbs. LEDs don’t give off as much heat, so the risk of fire is decreased even more.
Additionally, the plastic housing around LED lights makes them more durable than incandescent bulbs, especially when it comes to storing them after the holiday season is over. You won’t have to worry about bulbs breaking if they are tossed or thrown around.
LEDs have also improved significantly since they first hit the market in 2007. When they first came out, incandescents were brighter than LED. Advances in technology have made LEDs just as bright or brighter than their incandescent counterparts. So if your goal is to light up the neighborhood and sync your decorations to music for YouTube, using LEDs might make your display visible in space.
The holiday season might start too early for some of us, but when it does arrive, it’s never fails to put smiles on everyone’s faces. Decorating is a great way to not only get you in the holiday spirit, but spread that joy for everyone passing by your house. However, it shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg. Consider switching out those older incandescent lights for LEDs this season. The initial cost will be balanced out in energy costs savings. Using LEDs will light up your home in brilliant lights, and you can spend the money you saved on more gifts for loved ones!