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Christmas time is here! And Emilygrene Electric wants you to save some money for presents, instead of paying for a high energy bill. While our consultation team is always eager to help you upgrade your home with LED lighting, efficient wiring, and awesome smart controls, there is one simple decoration that will put some money back in your wallet this December: lights. Christmas lights are a big chunk of household energy usage during the holidays with most old fluorescent bulbs not up to efficiency standards.
Our friends at Komando.com have compiled a list of fantastic lighting options for your tree or outdoor display that not only show your Christmas spirit, but do their part to keep your whole home (and community) energy efficient. Read on to learn more, let us know what you think in the comments, and share this article with your family and friends on social media to help spread the word about energy efficiency.
The following is an excerpt from “Best LED Christmas Lights You Can Buy In 2018” written by Francis Novarro and originally published by Komando.com. For the complete article, visit www.komando.com.
Why should you get LED Christmas lights instead of incandescents?
For one, LED lights produce little to no heat. They are cool to the touch, and because of this, they require much less energy to function. About 75% less to be more accurate. This is because nearly 90% of incandescent light bulb energy is released as heat rather than light. So unless you have no heater for the winter, and want to cuddle up next to the tree for warmth, you’re wasting 90% of the energy you feed into your incandescent lights.
The lower energy usage also allows another major benefit. With LEDs, you can string together eight to 10 times more strands of lights using the same outlet. DO NOT attempt that with standard incandescent lights. Any more than four to five strands of lights become a major fire hazard. This makes LED lights much safer and more convenient to decorate with.
Finally, LED lights last much, much longer. The average LED light strand is rated to last 25 times longer than their incandescent counterparts. This means you can count on a strand of LED lights to continue working year after year.
For your Christmas LED needs, here are the best options we found for you on Amazon.
KooPower LED Indoor String Light (with Remote and Timer)
For a full-featured indoor holiday LED light set that won’t put a big dent on your holiday shopping budget, this KooPower Christmas light kit fits the bill.
With 200 energy-efficient warm white LED bulbs, you can make your holiday home look spectacular yet cozy without racking up a huge electric bill.
And forget about the hassle of unplugging them during the day. This set also comes with a convenient built-in timer and a wireless remote control. With the remote, you can cycle through 8 different modes of operation (twinkle, flash, etc.) and its brightness settings.
Novolink 100-Light LED Warm White String Light
Can’t put up your living room Christmas lights because of a lack of power outlets? No problem! Just get this Novolink string light strip and you can position your decorations anywhere you may please.
This particular set is powered by three AA batteries (not included) so you won’t have to worry about the hassle of extension cords and power taps. With its built-in timer, you are assured that it won’t run more than it needs to, and with its 34-foot length, you can decorate any room quickly and efficiently.
TaoTronics Dimmable LED String Lights
The TaoTronics brand is a perennial Amazon bestseller when it comes to string LEDs. For the quality, features and value you’re getting, it’s definitely a brand you can rely on.
For your outdoor lighting needs, check out this waterproof 100 LED string light kit. You can control it wirelessly with the included remote and change its brightness level or effect to flash, strobe, fade. It comes in either warm white or multicolor options, and with their built-in protection against the elements, you can set this up anywhere.
LED Flame Effect Light Bulb
Here’s a novelty LED bulb I found that has a unique special effect – it simulates the look of an open flame! It’s totally one item that you would never think you’ll ever need but for its impulse-buy friendly price, it’s worth checking out.
You can install this on an artificial fireplace or hearth to replicate the look of a fire without the hassles of soot and smoke. You can even mount these on stands and simulate a torch. These can definitely be fun conversation starters on your Christmas dinner table.
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