Every year after Halloween, there seems to be a very apparent shift in seasons, and the yearly debate begins. How soon is too soon to start decorating for the holiday season? It seems like Christmas music is playing everywhere you go, stores have abundant holiday décor, and the Christmas lights go up. I love it, but it’s no secret that all of those decorations can impact your electricity bill. We’ll look at the benefits of LED Christmas lights, help you calculate the cost of your Christmas lights, and help determine if it is time for the upgrade!
We think so, and the data backs us up! If you’re still decorating with incandescent Christmas lights, it’s probably time to switch. Even though LED lights typically have a higher initial cost upfront, the benefits will offset the investment over time. LED lights use light-emitting diodes rather than filaments to produce light. This technology makes the lights more efficient, durable, and longer-lasting than fluorescent incandescent lights.
Other benefits include:
Have you ever wondered how much you’re really spending on your Christmas lights? You can use this handy Christmas Lights Electricity Cost Calculator to estimate how much you’ll spend on your electric bill this year, depending on the type of lights you use. Think about when you put your lights up and take them down (the day after Thanksgiving, 1st of December, After New Years), and how long you run them every night as this all factors into how much extra energy you are using during this time of year. Amazingly starting around Black Friday every year, the light intensity in American suburbs increases by 30-50 percent until the start of the new year. According to NASA, our holiday lights shine so brightly you can see them from space. That’s a lot of holiday lights and a lot of extra money being spent to power those lights.
So, if you’re one to go all out or have been considering upgrading your lights, this year might be the time to do so. The benefits of the energy savings over time outweigh the initial cost of your LED lights. Here are the best indoor and outdoor lights of 2022 to help guide you before making your new purchase. There are also stores/websites that will recycle your old Christmas lights for you such as this one, which will provide you with a discount code for lights and donates the proceeds from recycling to Toys for Tots and other charities.
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