Light emitting diodes, or LEDs, are small light sources that are illuminated by the movement of electrons through a semiconductor material. LEDs are more efficient, durable, versatile and longer lasting than incandescent and fluorescent lighting.
As the weather turns colder, we see communities, businesses and homes start to brighten up with holiday decorations and lights. The question you may be asking yourself is, “Is it worth it to upgrade to LED Christmas lights?” LED holiday lights offer a lower energy cost alternative to regular incandescent light strings and are a great way to show your holiday spirit while maintaining your smart energy sense. LED Christmas light strings use up to 75 percent less energy and can last up to 10 times longer than traditional light strings. See cost comparisons on the back page.
LED holiday lights are cooler than regular incandescent light strings, reducing the risk of fire and personal injury. They do not have moving parts, filaments or glass so are much more durable and shock-resistant than other light strings. Bulbs are constructed of a hard plastic, which makes lights safer to use since you don’t risk potential broken glass. And because they use less power, it is safer to connect multiple strings of LED Christmas lights end-to-end without overloading the wall socket.
Energy Star® rated LED light strings are independently tested to meet strict lifetime and electrical requirements. For more information about Energy Star® rated holiday lights, visit the Energy Star website.
LED light strings are available at many retailers, in multiple shapes, sizes, colors and lengths. Some models even deliver features such as dimming or color shifting. Many retailers also carry pre-lit trees with LED lights attached.
Sizes include C6, C7, C9, M5 (minis), G12 (round) and more.
Colors include Green, blue, red, yellow, bright white, warm white, orange, purple and multi-colored.
Shapes include: Traditional, minis, round, net lights, snowmen, snowflakes, icicles, stars and more.