‘Shocking’ savings within your reach

December 12, 2010

Just how much can those LED holiday lights save?

Most people know that LED holiday lights are more efficient – but just how much more efficient?  Consider this:

– an old-style incandescent outdoor light bulb uses about 7.5 watts

– a minilight bulb uses about .5 watts

– an LED bulb uses about .03 watts

Put differently, one kilowatt-hour of power would light:

– an old-style incandescent outdoor light bulb for 133 hours or 5.5 days

– a minilight bulb for 2000 hours or 83 days

– an LED bulb for 33,333 hours or nearly four years

LEDs can save you 95%+ on your holiday lighting costs.

So what to do?

– invest in LED holiday lights; they’ll pay you back quickly

– discard your old non-LED light sets; or use them indoors (safely away from anything flammable) so all that waste heat they produce can at least help heat your home; or replace the bulbs with LED bulbs, available at hardware stores

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