November 23, 2009

Deck the Halls with Boughs of LEDs. ~via Ideal Bite

LED Holiday Lights

Want things to always go your way when it comes to your energy bill? Light-emitting diode bulbs (LEDs for short) will bring down that bill even more. Try switching just your holiday lights to LEDs for starters. The livin’ is easy.
LED Benefits:
-LED bulbs use 90% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs.
-If you switch over to LED holiday lights, you’ll save an average of $50 over the holiday season on your energy bills (so new lights pay for themselves quick).
-LEDs last about 6 times as long as CFLs and 60 times as long as old-school incandescent bulbs, so you have to change them less often.
-They’re less likely to cause fires (as much as 90% of the energy consumed by incandescent lights is given off as heat).
-Unlike CFLs, LEDs contain no mercury.
The Lights to Buy:
– Christmas Light Source, Environmental Lights, and Holiday LEDs – recycle your incandescent holiday lights by mail, and get a discount on new LED ones ($14 and up, before discount).
-Lemnis 6-Watt Light Bulb – just released, this dimmable bulb fits in your average lamp socket and gives off light comparable to a 60-watt incandescent bulb; pricey, but you’ll make it back in energy savings over the years ($59).
For more of Ideal Bite’s helpful holiday hints, please visit their website.
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