Choose ENERGY STAR® LED Holiday Lighting
As Vermonters make preparations for the winter holidays many of us put up strings of holiday lights (also referred to as Christmas lights or decorative light strings). Light-emitting diode—or “LED”—holiday lights offer a quality alternative to incandescent lights and they will save energy and money this holiday season. While energy-efficient LEDs can be more expensive to buy than their incandescent counterparts you will make up the extra costs over time on your energy bill.
Replace Your Old Light Strings with ENERGY STAR Holiday Lighting
Don’t just add to your tangle of old incandescent light strings; replace them with LED holiday lights to start saving energy. ENERGY STAR LED bulbs can save 90% or more in utility costs, operate at cooler temperatures, and have an operational life span of roughly 20,000 hours (enough to last for 40 holiday seasons).
ENERGY STAR LED holiday lights can be found at most local hardware, home improvement, and discount stores. You can also purchase LED holiday lights online. Remember to look for the
ENERGY STAR label when buying decorative light strings.
Wondering if you can recycle those old light strings?
Check with your local solid waste district to see if they provide recycling options. There are also online recycling programs that offer coupons toward the purchase of new LED holiday lights such as: HolidayLEDS.com
Advantages of LED Holiday Lights
- Save energy and money. ENERGY STAR LED bulbs can save 90% or more in utility costs.
- Long lasting. LED holiday lights last for up to 20,000 hours, that’s enough to last for 40 holiday seasons.
- Safety. LED holiday lights are cooler than standard bulbs, reducing the risk of fire.
- Durability. LED holiday lights are more durable than incandescent bulbs, with lamps typically made out of solid plastic rather than glass.
- Added convenience. LED lights do not suddenly “burn out,” which makes replacing dead bulbs in a string of lights unnecessary.
- Turn off holiday lights when you leave home or go to bed.
- Set your holiday lights on a timer to assure that you do not pay for extra hours of running time.
- Save even more by reducing the importance of lights in your holiday decoration or eliminate decorative holiday lighting altogether.