Jan 042010

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Using LED Christmas lights in place of conventional Christmas lights can make your holiday season greener. They are easy to find as most stores sell LED Christmas lights if they sell Christmas lights at all. Yep, it’s beginning to look like a green Christmas for everyone.

LED Christmas lights, which consume less energy than their traditional counterparts, also last ten times longer. They use 75% less energy. This means you can enjoy electrical savings when you use LED lights this holiday season.

Just like traditional string lights, LED Christmas lights come in various shapes and sizes, such as “globe,” or “mini.” Both icicle and net forms are on the market as well. With so many options available, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding the color or style you want.

Further, LED Christmas lights are safer to use than conventional lights. For example, overheating is not an issue even if you connect several strings together. That said, you should still find out how many strands the manufacturer says you can safely connect by consulting the box or manual.

If you want to be even greener, you can opt to use solar powered LED Christmas lights. These lights harness the sun’s energy. Some models automatically light up at night. A 50-light string might cost around $17 on Amazon. Because of this, you can save both energy and money if you buy LED string lighting of this type.

Sometimes people balk at the initial cost of LED Christmas lights. And it is, of course, true that this variety costs more than conventional incandescent bulbs. That said, more efficient and greener lighting solutions pay for themselves in the long run despite the higher initial investment.

Should you still have working incandescent lights and don’t want to invest in LED Christmas lights at this point, you might opt for Christmas light timers. These timers are designed to regulate the energy usage of your lights. Not only that, they can also make your house more burglar-proof by giving the appearance that someone is at home (turning the lights on and off) when you’re actually away for the holidays.

Regardless of whether you use incandescent or LED Christmas lights, you should observe safety protocols. For instance, to prevent tearing the wiring inside you should take care not to tug on the cord when you unplug the lights. When preparing to store light strands until the next holiday season, ensure there are no non-working bulbs or other kinds of damage before storing strings of lights. Don’t use lights that have loose connections, broken sockets, or bare wires. Store Christmas Lights, and any electrical decorations, in a dry place where they can’t be damaged by water. Keep them out of children’s reach during storage, to ensure the wires are not damaged.

Christmas — a time of religious celebration, family and giving — can also be a time during which we take into the future of our planet as we take steps to make our carbon footpring smaller. Our steps toward a greener future can go a long way, so don’t forget that every little bit counts.

About the author: Megan Barlow helps others learn how to live greener and more eco-friendly lives. Find out more about green living at her blog on Green and Environmentally Friendly Gadgets.

This article was first posted at LED Christmas Lights Provide a Greener Holiday.

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