Use LED lights and light strands to stay festive and save energy. “Most of the string lighting sold today is LED and this is a great improvement from an energy standpoint versus the older strings with incandescent lamps,” explains Solomon Rosenbaum, director of Green & Energy Projects at GRS Group. In fact, Rosenbaum believes it would be hard to even find retailers selling the older style of lights.
If you do still use incandescent holiday lights, swapping them out could result in huge savings. According to the Department of Energy, the ENERGY STAR qualified LED light strands use 70% less energy. If that’s not incentive enough to switch, the DOE also reports that the new lights are much brighter, are safer to use and are even easier to install since you can safely add almost 24 strings (connected end-to-end) without overloading a wall socket.
LED lights also last quite a long time (anywhere between five and ten years), which is good for the environment and your wallet. And there’s another bonus: LED lights are cool to the touch, which makes them less of a fire hazard and safer for small hands.
“If you have focus lighting or other lighting within a larger decoration, LED screw-in lamps or LED projection fixtures should be used,” Rosenbaum advises. “For example, a 30W LED flood fixture can have the same output as an older 100W metal halide fixture.”