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What type of Holiday Lighting do I Need?


Holiday lights may help bring joy to the season, but they can also bring added costs to your energy bill. This year, save energy and money by having us install energy-efficient LED (light-emitting diode) strands to decorate your home or business.

Standard incandescent holiday lights – and even mini-lights – can use a significant amount of energy and regularly involve costly (and irritating) bulb replacements. LED lights are more durable — they’re shatterproof and shock resistant — and have a life span of more than 50,000 hours. The LED lights available this year have a great new feature to bring even more long-term savings: If one bulb burns out, the other bulbs will stay lit so you can easily identify and replace the bad bulb. LED light strings may initially cost more than conventional lights but more than pay for themselves within a season or two, depending on how often they are used.

Compare the Costs

The following chart compares the energy usage and operating cost of LED holiday lights to both mini and large incandescent holiday lamps.

# of Lights

Type of Light

Energy Usage of Bulb

225 Hours*

(5 hours per day for 45 days)

Average Operating Cost*

300 New LED Lights 0.043 watts 2.9 kW/h $ .47
300 Mini Incandescent 0.45 watts 30.38 kW/h $ 4.92
300 Large Incandescent 7.00 watts 472.5 kW/h $ 76.55
* Calculated using the average residential rate effectiveSeptember 1, 2006.


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