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The debate has been going on for a while now: are the savings on your electric bill worth the upfront cost of purchasing LED lights? Since many homeowners are investing in holiday lights this time of year, we thought a calculation comparing 10 strands of lights would be appropriate.
Chart via: XcelEnergy
Using the average figures, and calculating the cost for running holiday lights from 5 p.m. to midnight every day from the day after Thanksgiving to January 5, the calculations break down like this:
6 hours per day for 40 days = 240 hours
Using this formula from XcelEnergy:
kW used X (Cost per kWh) X Hours Used = Cost of Electric
Cost of incandescent lighting:
3.208kW X $0.1188 X 240 hours = $91.47
Cost of LED lighting:
0.104kW X $0.1188 X 240 hours = $2.97
As you can see, the savings with LED lights far outweigh the upfront cost. Additionally, LED holiday lights can last up to 40 years, while traditional lights usually only last a few.
If you decide to celebrate the holiday season with a Christmas tree this year – a real Christmas tree – there are some important (and easy) safety precautions that you can take to prevent tree fires.
- Water regularly – Keeping your tree well watered will not only keep your tree healthier, but decrease the odds of your tree become dry and more flammable.
- Place wisely – Even though the most picturesque place for your tree might be next to the fireplace, it’s safer to keep your tree away from heat sources.
- Light conservatively – Overloading your tree with lights can overheat the tree and overload circuits.
- Switch to LED – LED lights burn cooler than traditional bulbs (they also save you money).