The holidays are supposed to be a joyful, festive time, but high energy bills can put a damper on residential and business customers’ fun. LEDs are a great way for home or business owners to keep energy use down without sacrificing their favorite holiday lighting traditions. LED holiday lights are:

  • Energy efficient. They use 80% to 90% less energy than conventional incandescent strings of lights do, saving customers money on their winter energy bills.
  • Long-lasting. They can last up to 10 times longer than incandescent lamps.
  • Safe. They stay cool to the touch, reducing the risk of fire and burnt fingers.
  • Sturdy. The bulbs are made of epoxy, not glass, so they are much more durable than other lights.
  • Easy to install. You can connect as many as 25 strings of LEDs end-to-end without overloading a wall socket.

Whether your customers have modest light installations or over-the-top laser shows, they’ll see noticeable savings on their energy bills if they use LEDs. Tweet this!

LED holiday lights come in a variety of colors, shapes, and lengths and are available at many home improvement, wholesale, drug, and grocery stores. Although they might be more expensive than incandescent lights at the time of purchase, LEDs are big money savers in the long run. Whether your customers have modest light installations or over-the-top laser shows, they’ll see noticeable savings on their energy bills if they use LEDs. The tables below show some quick stats.

Typical energy-usage costs for a minimal light display

Item Incandescent watts LED watts
© E Source; data from Christmas Lights Etc.
10 strings of light 408 48
2 outdoor decorations 164 38
1 garland 42 4
1 wreath 21 4
Total 635 ($10.78/month) 94 ($1.59/month)

Typical energy-usage costs for a moderate light display

Item Incandescent watts LED watts
© E Source; data from Christmas Lights Etc.
500-foot C9 string on roof 3,500 480
200-foot C9 string in yard 1,400 192
30 strings for wrapping 2 trees 1,224 144
15 strings for walkway trees 613 72
1 wreath 63 14
Total 6,800 ($115.26/month) 902 ($15.32/month)

Typical energy-usage costs for a major light display

Item Incandescent watts LED watts
© E Source; data from Christmas Lights Etc.
95 icicle lights 6,056 458
800-foot C9 string on roof 5,600 768
500-foot C9 string in yard 3,500 480
30 strings for wrapping 2 trees 1,224 144
15 strings for walkway trees 612 72
5 motifs 554 277
10 strings for a light tree 408 48
150-foot spool of rope light 378 120
Total 18,332 ($310.73/month) 2,367 ($40.11/month)

The brightness and color of LED lights have also come a long way in the past few years and are now visually appealing. For white lights, you can choose between cool white, which is a bright icy-blue white, or warm white, which has a yellow tint and is the closest to a white incandescent replacement.

Cool white versus warm white LEDs

Cool white LEDs are brighter and have a slight blue tint. Warm white LEDs are the closest in color to white incandescent holiday lights.

Many utilities offer holiday light exchange programs, where customers can trade in their old incandescent Christmas lights for new LEDs. This year, Southern California Edison (SCE) and Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) are teaming with the Western Riverside Energy Partnership to host the 2017 Holiday LED Light Exchange & Energy Efficiency Kit Give-Away (PDF). SCE encourages customers to exchange two strands of old incandescents for two strands of new LEDs. At the same event, SoCalGas offers customers free energy-efficiency kits. Colorado Springs Utilities also runs a light-exchange program. Customers can drop off their old incandescent lights and receive up to $15 off new LED lights.

Now if we could only get Rudolph on board.

Screen capture of Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer

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