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Five benefits of decorating with LED holiday lights

Nov 21, 2013 ||

It’s time to deck the halls! But before you haul those ancient lights out of the attic, untangle the matted mess and check every bulb to figure out which one went out, check out IH MoneySmarts top five benefits of upgrading to LED holiday lights.

Save $ on your electric bill

LED holiday lights are a little pricier than their incandescent counterparts for the initial purchase, but will save you big bucks on your electric bill. That’s because LED lights use nearly 90 percent less energy than traditional bulbs. That’s great news if you plan on challenging Clark Griswold to a decorating contest.

Safer than incandescent

Incandescent bulbs give off their energy in the form of heat. That can be disastrous if you combine a string of lights that has been on too long and a dry Christmas tree. LED lights don’t heat up, making them a much safer alternative.

LED lasts longer

Since LED lights don’t get hot, that means they last much longer than incandescent lights. Plus they can withstand a light impact without breaking. That means when cared for properly, LED lights can light up your home season after season.


LED lights are impervious to moisture, heat and cold, which means they work just as well outside as they do inside.

More options to choose from

LED lights have come a long way in the past couple of years. They come in a variety of sizes and styles from a standard string, rope or net, to a snowman for the lawn made of LED lights. Your creativity will not be hindered by your decision to go green.

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