I recently teamed up with The Home Depot to help provide expert advice to readers on a variety of household projects focused on saving money. The format will be a post on a particular subject, and then a follow up post from experts at The Home Depot with answers to your questions left in the comments. In this case, master trade electrician specialists are ready to answer your questions on holiday lighting issues.
Did you know that last year, The Home Depot alone sold more than 40,000 miles of light sets – enough to circle the globe 1.5 times – and the demand continues to rise.
Lighting consumes up to 34 percent of electricity in the United States, and with the addition of Christmas lights and décor, electricity costs will be even higher. Here are some tips and quick facts, recommended by The Home Depot, to help lower your holiday lighting costs this season:
1. Christmas lights made with light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, are up to 80 percent more efficient than traditional incandescent lights.
2. LED lights last up to 10 times longer than incandescent Christmas lights; LEDs burn for 20,000 hours, while incandescents burn for about 3,000 hours
3. LEDs do not produce the level of heat that incandescents create, significantly decreasing the risk that your tree will catch on fire
4. Trees lit with LED lights will last longer because the lights won’t dry out the tree
5. The ability to connect up to 80 strands of LED lights requires fewer power outlets and eases the stress of decorating
6. If you’re sticking with traditional lights, instead of switching to LED bulbs, switch from large bulbs to miniatures. They’re 70 percent more energy-efficient.
7. Set the lights on a timer to turn them off when you go to bed. No need to burn your lights overnight when few people will see them.
This year, The Home Depot has introduced a variety of exclusive LED yard décor in its stores nationwide and has increased its energy-efficient and eco-friendly lighting selection by 50 percent for the holiday season.
For more information on energy-efficient products or projects for the holidays, please visit www.homedepot.com.
If you have questions about LED Christmas lights and decorations, or any other lighting issue, please feel free to leave your questions in the comments.
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