It’s about that time to set up the Christmas tree and decorate the house. But, of all the different types of Christmas decorations, there is nothing that brings the warmth and happiness of the season like a festive lighting display. With all the advancements in consumer lights, the decision between incandescent and LED bulbs has created a conundrum. Do you go with the nostalgia and warmth of incandescent Christmas bulbs or the energy saving benefits of LED Christmas lights? We give you all the information below to make the best decision for your home.
The Pros of Incandescent Christmas Lights
The first, and probably most notable, benefit of Incandescent lights is based purely on nostalgia. These bulbs have been the standard for wonderful light shows since the late 1800s. When you think of Christmas lights you probably remember your childhood- full of those bright beautiful light bulbs adorning your house. Many people still prefer the aesthetic of these lights to newer LED lights.
Other benefits of these lights are:
- they are easily replaced if a bulb goes out,
- they typically shine brighter than their LED counterparts (LED bulbs dim as they age),
- lastly, the price- Incandescent lights are usually about one-sixth the cost of LED lights.
The Cons of Incandescent Christmas Lights
One of the biggest drawbacks to incandescent Christmas lights is their energy usage. Their energy usage is much higher than LED Christmas bulbs. On average, these lights use five times as much electricity as LED lights. Because they individually draw so much power, you have to make sure you do not put too many lights on a single circuit. You exponentially increase the chance of popping your circuit breaker with every bulb and strand.
Keep in mind that incandescent lights are glass, so there are a couple safety hazards to be aware of. First, you have to be careful not to break the bulbs. When broken, shards of glass create a safety hazard. In comparison, LED bulbs do not break as easily as incandescent bulbs.
Furthermore, incandescent Christmas lights put off a lot of heat due to their power draw. Leaving the lights on for a period of time will produce heat that will inevitably burn you if touched.
Lastly, the typical lifespan of incandescent Christmas bulbs is around 1,000 hours. LED bulbs can last up to 50 times as long.
While there are certain drawbacks to incandescent bulbs, their warmth and nostalgia hold a lot of value during the Christmas season. Though LED Christmas bulbs are becoming less expensive and more efficient, incandescent bulbs are still cheaper and easier to obtain. Perhaps, at least for a little longer, we can still celebrate a classic Christmas with incandescent Christmas lights.