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Are you taking advantage of the price breaks and closeout sales left over from the holidays? If you traditionally decorate your home with holiday lights, consider the LED holiday lights for more energy efficiency. Now is a great time to stock up for the next holiday season, because many stores are reducing the price of remaining LED lights.

LED stands for light-emitting diode. These Christmas lights provide the decoration you want, while using less electricity than traditional lights.

Normally, LED lights cost a bit more for the initial purchase, but they save money in the long run. They cost less to operate, and usually last around 20,000 hours – that’s a lot of holiday seasons! According to the Department of Energy, running LED holiday lights on one 6-foot tree for 12 hours per day for 40 days can save 90% or more energy when compared to traditional incandescent holiday lights.

The standard C-7 string of lights with 125 bulbs at 4 watts each averages $27.21 as the electricity cost. The mini-incandescent lights of 300 bulbs at 0.4 watts each averages a cost of $6.53; while the LED holiday lights of 280 bulbs at 0.04 watts each has an average electricity cost of only $0.61.

Here are some more advantages of buying the LED lights while they are on sale now, to use during the next holiday:

LED holiday lights are cooler than incandescent bulbs, so they reduce the risk of fire and personal injury. The LED lights are more durable than incandescent bulbs. The lamps are typically made out of solid plastic rather than glass. And, because they use less power, it is safer to connect multiple strings of LED holiday lamps end-to-end without overloading the wall socket.

If you’re planning an extensive holiday lighting scheme, consider the location of your electrical outlets, and the power supply for those lights. If you need a safety analysis of these areas before your next decorating exhibition, call Witt Electric LLC, your local licensed electrician. Click here to learn about all our electrical contracting services.