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How Decorating my Moms House for Christmas - Decorate With the New LED lights for xmas

Updated on November 17, 2010

 Every year since I can remember my mother decorates her home for Christmas. I try to get over to help her do the task because its alot of work for her and my stepfather to do on there own. Many time when I help my mom decorate for Christmas she gives me decorations she dont want to put up this year. One thing this year my mom is replacing are the lights. She is using the new LED lights which saves on her electric bill. Last year with the regular Christmas lights her electric bill was $200 more for the month of December.

As energy costs scyrocket new inovations come to the market. LED stands for Light emmiting diodes which are lights that let electric pass in only one direction. LED lights generate less heat so the life span is much greater.These bulbs last over 50,000 hours. A regular string of 50 lights also uses 300 watts (.3 kilowatts).The average of 9.81 cents per Kwh equals 3 cents per hour, per strand. Running these lights five hours a day for 30 days, the total cost for one strand of holiday lights equals $4.50. Also, multiple this by however many strands you are using.
When you have a strand of 50 LED lights using 4 watts (.004 kilowatts). Using the same formula, the total cost to run a strand of LED holiday bulbs for thirty days would be less than 6 cents. So running 10 strands of these lights would cost less than $6.00 for the thirty days. The cost of LED lights is higher then the regular strand of christmas lights but you will save money in the long run on your electric bill.

When decorating for Christmas please consider these new lights on the market. The lights come in many different ways such as shaped like Christmas trees, rope lights and garland. Amazon sells many LED lights for you to purchase at a great price.

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      lyjo 7 years ago

      Absolutely great advice....we switched about 4 years ago...the initial investment was a little pricy(because we have an older bungalow 1 1/2 story type home)...but we have saved almost a $1000.00 in the last 4 years...the one thing was that they weren't as bright...but I got over that pretty quick, considering the lesser amount of electricity used....this will be helpful for those that have not switched yet! Thanks, take care!

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      Wendy Krick 7 years ago from Maryland

      Yes, the LED lights are the way to go. Great information.