This time of year, shopping for holiday lights is the last thing on most people’s minds. But what do you do when the old string of bulbs decides to finally kick the bucket? Many are making the switch to LED lights to save energy – and a few bucks – this holiday season.
In the fight for the top spot as the preferred holiday bulb, the competition is fierce. The facts are strongly in favor of LED lights; using about 80 percent less energy than an incandescent bulb and having a much longer lifespan, they also emit less heat than their conventional counterparts. The best part is – when an LED burns out, it doesn’t kill the rest of the strand.
The luxury of modern technology and that warm-and-fuzzy feeling that comes with helping the environment might have you sold on LEDs already. But at what cost? LEDs were at one point at least ten times the expense of a conventional holiday bulb. What’s still a major price jump, the cost of these holiday must-have’s is becoming more affordable every year. For a string of 100 lights, incandescent bulbs will cost you about $7 at your local hardware store – and LEDs just under $22.
If you’re wondering which stores in your area are hopping-on the LED bandwagon this holiday season, look no further than your local Wal-Mart. Locations across the country will be fully stocked in both conventional and energy-saving bulbs.
So, which bulb is best this holiday season? If you’re looking for an investment, and don’t mind shelling out the extra cash (oh, and did we mention saving the environment?) LEDs are definitely the way to go. If you’re a little strapped for cash this holiday season, we recommend replacing strings of incandescent lights as they burn out – which saves you from splurging on the eco-friendly (but not so wallet-friendly) option all at once.
Happy holidays, everyone!
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