We got an early start on Christmas decorating this weekend. Usually, we go in full force the day after Thanksgiving, but we decided to start a bit earlier this year, only because of how quickly Mrs. Beagle tires out now due to the pregnancy (which is going very well so far!).
Last year, and this year, I’ve spent time thinking about the switch to LED bulbs instead of the traditional bulbs. So far, we haven’t made the switch.
According to the site Holiday LEDs, there are many benefits of switching to LED lights, which include:
- Much less energy use – They say that LEDs use about 90% less energy than traditional light strings.
- Longer life – They say that the bulbs last 50,000 hours, which is up to 20 times longer than a normal set of bulbs
- Safer – LED bulbs throw off a lot less heat than normal bulbs, which reduces the risk of fire caused by overheating
- Easier to use – Many LED light sets do not suffer from the frustrating problem of a loose, missing, or broken bulb causing the entire line to fail.
- Brighter – The LED lights typically emit a more bright, crisp light, so you don’t use as many lights on the tree.
These seem like great reasons, so then why haven’t we switched?
- Price – The up front cost is very high compared to traditional bulbs. I would guess they’re probably about 10 times more expensive.
- Availability – Last year I saw quite a few stores carrying them, but most had a limited selection or were sold out quite early.
We definitely see a bump in our electricity bill during the holiday months, so I have no doubt that the energy savings would be there with the switch. But, the up front cost is the biggest obstacle. We have 900 lights outside, for example, and the replacement cost of that would be several hundred dollars. That’s a pretty steep bill.
I’m thinking maybe starting to set aside $10-15 per month might make it so that we can start switching them out over the next couple of year. Heck, maybe the price will start to fall as prices on newer technology usually do over time.Copyright 2017 Original content authorized only to appear on Money Beagle. Please subscribe via RSS, follow me on Twitter, Facebook, or receive e-mail updates. Thank you for reading.