We got our decorating done this past weekend. Usually, we go in full force the day after Thanksgiving, but we decided to start a bit earlier this year. We have a mix of LED Christmas lights and regular lights. Pretty much everything inside is regular and outside is LED.
Benefits of LED
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.
- Price – The price has come down for LED bulbs. Still, they remain higher than regular bulbs
- Performance – We replace at least 1-2 lines of outdoor LED lights per year. The bulbs might last, but the lines don't. I expect being outdoor lights, they won't last as long.
- Availability – Last year I saw quite a few stores carrying them, but most had a limited selection or were sold out quite early.
- Color – We use regular lights inside because they're much warmer lights. The LED bulbs have made some strides. Still, they're much more harsh lights.
We definitely see a bump in our electricity bill during the holiday months. I think this would be higher if it weren't for our mix of bulbs.
So far, our mix of bulbs seems to work for us. I would love to switch more of our internal bulbs to LED lights, especially since we have one pre-lit tree that now needs lights strung over about 80% of it, since other lines have burned out. I think it will take a while. Maybe in a few more years we'll get there.
Readers, have you made the switch to LED yet?