Holiday Lighting With LEDs
Whether you line every inch of your roof in multi-colored lights or you prefer the more refined look of white candles in the windows, you can use LED Christmas lights to achieve your favorite holiday looks for less.
LED lighting emits much less heat than the indoor and outdoor Christmas lights that you grew up with. Their light source is smaller than regular bulbs, so they stay cooler, giving you many options when it comes time to decorate.
• Illuminated greenery. LED indoor Christmas tree lights are safe to use on natural or artificial Christmas trees. Go ahead and weave a light string around your wreaths to brighten them up — you don’t have to worry about the fire hazard posed by hot bulbs against dried-out pine needles.
• Festive centerpieces. LEDs are available in battery-operated strings, so no need to contend with a power cord. Wrap them around candle-holders on the mantle, place them in jars for a stunning table centerpiece or adorn your front door with light-filled outdoor lanterns.
Bulb Types and Other Features
LED Christmas lights come in all shapes and sizes, from mini dome sets and round globes to dangling icicles. For something fun, a string of jolly Santas or snowmen will do the trick. Consider these lighting options:
• Diamond-cut bulbs emit more sparkle, while rope lights will create an extra-bright streamlined glow.
• White LED lights come in different color tones, so that you can opt for warm white or cool tones. Or create a single uniform color theme with one bright hue like blue, green or red. To really draw attention, choose a light string that pulses or blinks.
Save Money and Energy
Because they have a longer bulb life, energy efficient LED lights will save you money this holiday season. Whether you buy lights for indoor or outdoor Christmas decor, you’ll likely leave them on for hours each day. LEDs use about 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs and last longer, so the savings add up. Also, the bulbs in small LED Christmas lights are plastic, not glass, so they’re more durable, allowing you to use the same light strings for multiple seasons.