There are a lot more choices today when it comes to holiday décor than there have been in years past. Today families with small children can elect to have plastic and non-breakable ornaments. People can elect to buy a fake Christmas tree that they’ll use year after year. And now people can choose to buy traditional incandescent Christmas lights or LED Christmas lights.
Just a little bit of background on LED lights, which have actually been around for several years by now. LED stands for Light Emitting Diode, a small light source made of semiconducting materials that allow an electrical current to flow in only one direction. LED lights use 75% less energy than traditional lights and last longer than traditional lights without replacement. Even though LED lights were first used in commercial machinery and road signs, they are now a common part of our everyday life. Today LED lights are used in a variety of commercial and residential products—from stoplights and breaklights to household lights, works of art, and even Christmas lights. The US Department of Energy estimates that the adoption of LED lights throughout the nation can save us $265 billion and reduce energy demand by 33% by 2027. That’s incredible!
If you go to a store that sells Christmas lights you’re more than likely to find some LED lights. They are more popular than ever. And there are wonderful reasons why. Along with their energy efficiency, LED lights do not produce heat in their bulbs like our incandescent house or Christmas lights today. This means that Christmas is safer than ever!
If you are thinking of switching to LED lights this year, or simply pulling your LED lights from last year out of storage, we have a couple of tips for you.
– Before you put up any lights in your home, check your lights for cracks, broken sockets or loose connections
– If any light strands are not working, make sure you replace the relevant light bulbs or strands before putting them up on the tree or house
– Make sure to follow our safety instructions when putting up Christmas lights.
Have you made the switch to LED lights? Are you happy with them so far? Is there anything you can tell our readers that might make converts out of all of them?!