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Going green with LED Christmas lights this holiday season?
Well before you do, be sure to utilize this guide to LED Christmas lights to help ensure that you get the best deal and most pleasing results to all your holiday lighting efforts.
What follows is a slightly more in-depth look at LED holiday lights.
4 Things You Should Know Before Buying
If you run out and purchase 20 strands of white LED Christmas lights, lovingly arrange them on your gutters, bushes, etc, take a step back and have someone plug them in, you’re likely in for a surprise.
As you can see in the above picture, they’re not the same color as those incandescent white mini-lights you’re used to. As a matter of fact, they have an almost eerie glow to them in my opinion. You must be sure to buy WARM or SOFT white LED strings.
Be sure to note, unfortunately, that strings of warm or soft LED lights are nearly twice as much as the regular cool or “pure” white LED’s. Supply and demand I guess… damn capitalism.
As opposed to traditional Christmas lights, LED’s are cool to the touch.
If you’re going green this holiday season by bringing a live tree into your home, that means that LED lights will propose NO risk of fire.
As an added bonus, the lack of heat from those Christmas lights will keep your tree from drying out, requiring less water and longer life of the tree (…if you choose a live Christmas tree vs. an artificial one).
According to fun-led-light.com, the average incandescent mini-light uses 5 watts per bulb.
An entire string of LED mini-lights uses around 4 watts.
Yeah, I said the entire string! Do the math on that one.
LED Christmas lights are much more expensive than traditional Christmas lights. As Meredith said in her post, a strand of 50-60 white LED mini-lights will cost you around $10.
Almost that same price will get you 400 incandescent mini-lights. Yeah, they save energy, but at that price, you’re not likely to save enough energy to break even on cost… not in one season at least.
You can find warm/soft LED Christmas lights at Inirgee.com or HolidayLEDs.com. You could also grab some from EnvironmentalLights.com and take advantage of a discount with the purchase of multiple strings.
I think every little step toward living green is an awesome one… but eco-snobbery sucks! My goal is to help newbies learn the most important steps toward living green — individually and collectively. Personally, I strive to have as little impact as possible on Planet Earth while I'm here.