Is decorating your house for the holiday season a growing obsession? Are you the next Clark Griswold?
For most people, once they start the tradition it continues to grow, year after year. After all, who can pass up the deep discounts at those after-Christmas sales? The only problem with an ever-growing collection of bright holiday cheeriness is that your electric bill will grow right along with your collection of lights.
It doesn’t have to be that way. While your old strings of lights and other electric decorations can add a big chunk to your holiday electric bill, today’s newer twinkles cost next to nothing for shining through the holiday season.
Make a sensible switch before decorating season and you’ll shine through the holidays for a fraction of the cost.
How Much Can I Save By Switching To LED Christmas Lights?
Switching your traditional Christmas lights out with newer LED lights can save you a surprising amount of money.
If you have a typical modest Christmas display on your home, your energy costs would be approximately $10-$15 for incandescent lights, or around $2.00 for LEDs for the holiday season. The savings improve with every addition to your holiday display. For heavy usage where people slow down to see your house, the typical energy costs would be approximately $115 for traditional lights versus $15-$20 for LED lights. For a jaw-dropping display where people actually make your house a destination to admire your holiday cheer, the costs could be well over $300 with traditional lighting versus a modest $40-$50 with LEDs.
The energy savings on your bills all point toward switching to LED Christmas lights. They consume 80 to 90 percent less power than compared to incandescent lights, plus they last up to 100,000 hours. Considering the 3,000 hour average lifespan for incandescent Christmas lights, you’ll save even more by not having to replace your decorations as often.
Tip: Curious to know more about Christmas light bulb types, bulb count by tree height, and LED vs incandescent bulb costs? See the Christmas Lights Guide From Personal Creations for answers to these questions and other great Christmas light wrapping tips.
Other Benefits of LED Christmas Lights
It’s clear that LED holiday lights are the front runner in the competition for economical Christmas decorations, but that’s not the only benefit they have.
- With traditional lights, you can only connect four or five strings of lights together on one outlet, limiting the amount of lights you can safely use in one area. With LED lights you can safely connect 20 plus light strings together. If the ultimate decorations are your holiday dream, LED lights are definitely the safer solution.
- LED lights come in a wider range of colors, are generally brighter than incandescent light strings, and even come in strings connected to dimmers for different lighting effects.
- LED lights don’t produce any heat, unlike incandescent bulbs. This means they’re safe for use within reach of children and pets, and pose almost no fire danger in case you have dry trees or grass in your landscape. This is especially true when considering LED bulbs for indoor use on natural trees and decorations also.
- LED light sets are generally rated to last decades, not just a season or two, meaning you can keep adding to your holiday collection each year instead of merely replacing burned out old versions of the same lights year after year.
The bottom line is that LED lights are a much improved version of your old holiday light collections, for both inside and out. They’re easier to use if you’re the talk of the neighborhood with your elaborate Christmas display, they have more vivid and varied colors, they’re safer to use, they last longer, and they use up to 90 percent less electricity than your old lights. And of course, any LED lights you buy this year will pay for themselves over the next few holiday seasons.