Thursday, November 29, 2012

An Eco Friendly Christmas: Lights

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I must make a confession.  I love Christmas lights, and my tree has not one, not two, and not even three but four strands of incandescent light bulbs.  Those four strands, if lit for 5 hours a day, will cost $18.  I could, however switch to LED lights, and pay 24 cents for the same amount of time!  

 This choice sounds like a no-brainier, but up until now, the LED lights only came in cool white or colors.  If, like me, you preferred the warmer white color, you were out of luck.  Until now!  My brother told me that LED now come in Warm White, so now I just need to upgrade!




Two added benefits of LEDs-
  1. They don't burn out and leave the strand completely out.
  2. LEDs remain cool.  
 Count your strands of lights.  Each strand of traditional incandescent s will cost $4.50 for the season, so multiply this by the number of strands, and you will see how much you spend on lighting all of those beautiful bulbs this season.  LEDs cost under 6 cents per strand for the season.  Compare the prices, and it might even be worth the cost of a new strand or two of LEDs to start saving today!

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15 comments:

  1. It's so hard to switch to LEDs...I just can't!

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    1. I still used my regular lights on my tree this year, but I do want to make the switch as we replace them. They just don't look as nice if you ask me. Maybe in a few years, they will make them look nicer!

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  2. We use LEDs, I hadn't actually every worked out the difference financially but just preferred the eco option, we do however also use traditional lights too - oops, all that eco goodness wiped out in one foul sweep!

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    1. Well, they COULD ALL be regular lights, so you are saving some energy with the LEDS!

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  3. So funny because two years ago when I bought our first LEDs I couldn't find the cool white which I prefer. Now when I'm trying to add to our set, I can't find the warm white to match. So we have an eclectic theme going this year.

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    1. Scott likes the cool white too I think.

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