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It is once again that time of the year when we feast, drink, be merry, and deck the halls with boughs and holly — or its more modern alternative: holiday lights! Speaking of Christmas lights, have you made the switch from incandescent lights to LED (light-emitting diode)?
Many enthusiasts might tell you that LED lights are the best innovation since the debut of fake Christmas trees. Still, some people remain unconvinced that LED Christmas lights are the way to go during the holiday season. So, it begs the question: is there a dark side to LED lights?
What are the Costs?
Perhaps the one concern you can have with LED holiday lights is that it initially costs more than incandescents. But that fact is a given as LEDs cost more to produce. Some of its components need to be assembled by hand, and they are often coated with yellow phosphor to emit a natural white glow that brightens up houses and Christmas trees.
However, LED lights may save you more money in the long run. Incandescent lights waste much of its energy as it releases more than 80 percent of heat, which explains why these old light bulbs get so hot and become fire hazards. Meanwhile, LED Christmas lights, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, lasts more than 20 times longer and use 80 percent less energy than incandescents. That means they are cool to the touch and are safe to have around kids and pets.
Are LED Lights Durable Enough?
When it comes to maintenance, LED Christmas lights to require less of it than incandescents do. They are also way more durable. Unlike incandescents, LED bulbs do not burn out. They only get dimmer with time. Therefore, there is no need to worry about getting immediate or yearly replacements. One other thing to remember about LED Christmas lights is that they can be more efficient as the temperature lowers. This means they will have no problem working outdoors during the winter, which is when we generally need them to do their thing.
If you are the type to string lights together end to end, then you will notice that you can connect up to five sets of Christmas lights per electrical socket when using incandescents. LED lights let you connect considerably more than that.
What’s Wrong with LED Lights?
The truth is, LED lighting presents some dangers, but it is safer than other forms of lighting (many of which emit polluting radiation) as emphasized in the benefits outlined in this blog. Another fun fact, LED Christmas lights to come with a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and colors, so there is something for everyone.
Get the type you want to decorate your home with and when the Holidays are finally over, just drop them in a box. No muss and no fuss because most LED light bulbs are made from plastic, meaning there is no need to worry about them breaking while in storage. Last, when the holiday season rolls along again, just pull your LED lights out of storage and start the decorating process all over again.