May 092010

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Using LED Christmas lights in place of conventional Christmas lights can make your holiday season greener. Because most stores that sell Christmas lights include LED Christmas lights in their inventory, these are easy to find. A greener Christmas really is a possibility!

LED Christmas lights last ten times longer and consume less energy than the traditional lights. They use 75% less energy. Imagine saving on your energy bill during this holiday season when you use this type of lighting.

Just like the traditional string lights, LED Christmas lights are available in a variety of sizes and shapes like “mini” and “globe.” They can be found in the form of icicles and nets as well. With so many options available, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding the color or style you want.

Additionally, LED lights are safer to use than conventional Christmas lights. You don’t, for instance, have to worry about overheating even if you connect together several strands. However, you should still read the manual or box to learn how many strands you can connect safely to one another.

If you want to be really energy conscious, choose LED Christmas lights that are solar powered. These lights are more ecologically and energy friendly because they harness the sun’s energy. Some models are designed to light up at night. You can usually get a string of 50 lights on Amazon for less than $20. As such, you’ll save both money and energy by purchasing these LED light strands.

Sometimes people balk at the initial cost of LED Christmas lights. Of course, there’s no denying that traditional incandescent bulbs cost less than strands of LED lights. However, the higher initial cost is easily offset by greener and more efficient lighting solutions.

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. Timers like these are designed to regulate the amount of energy your lights use. 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.

Regarding safety concerns, you should always observe safety protocols whether you use incandescent or LED Christmas lights. For instance, by making sure you don’t pull on the cord when you unplug the lights, you can prevent tearing of the wiring inside. You should also check to see if there is any damage or are any non-working bulbs before storing light strings. 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 is a time of celebration, family, giving, and religion. It can also be a time to think about the future of our planet and take a few extra steps to make it greener. We know that every little bit counts, but it’s also true that all of our steps combined can stretch for miles.

About the author: Megan Barlow helps others learn to live more eco-friendly lives. Find out more about sustainable living at her blog on Green Gadgets.

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

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