LED Lighting for the Holidays

LED Christmas LightsThe  hol­i­days are here!  And this means there will be an abun­dance of hol­i­day lights light­ing up the night well into the new year.

Of course, with all the fes­tive cel­e­brat­ing there are light­ing risks, safety concerns—and  many rewards. To be sure, it’s a time when home­own­ers and busi­nesses use a lot more elec­tric­ity. And there is a smart way to think and act when bulbs are burn­ing bright to reduce costs, min­i­mize safety risks and still get the light you need.

First off,  for any­one still parad­ing out the old incan­des­cent hol­i­day lights now is the ideal time to trade them in for LEDs. I  can’t sing their praises enough for their last­ing value, energy effi­ciency and long-term sav­ings they can bring. This same holds true for hol­i­day LEDs. So if you haven’t already done so trade in your incan­des­cents and string up your new LEDs. For bay area res­i­dents con­tact Ris­ing Sun Energy, a renew­able energy non­profit located in San Fran­cisco. In years past, and pre­sum­ably for 2014, Ris­ing Sun will let you swap your old Christ­mas lights for energy-efficient LEDs—and there is no charge for the exchange.

Garden Of LightsThe ben­e­fits of LED light­ing include:

  • 90% less energy con­sumed than incan­des­cent bulbs
  • A 25,000 hour life span, which  is 25x longer than incan­des­cents and 2.5 times longer than com­pa­ra­ble CFLs
  •  Made of 95% recy­clable material
  • A gift that keeps on giv­ing (light)—sometimes for 30 years or more
  • They are afford­able: a strand of  hol­i­day lights from the big box stores such as Lowe’s, Home Depot, and Wal­mart run between $20-$30 per strand
  • Hol­i­day LED lights come in a vari­ety of inter­est­ing styles and colors

Make LEDs your gift to your­self this year. If you don’t already have them in your home, make the change. They will cost a bit more than other lights, but LEDs make up for it with energy effi­ciency and long-term savings.

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