Christmas is upon us and it’s time to decide on your decoration choices. An important decision to make is whether to use LED (light-emitting diode) lights or the traditional, incandescent lights to adorn the outside of your home. In this article, we are going to look at the benefits and drawbacks of choosing LED lights to make your home “merry and bright” this Christmas season.
The Pros of LED Christmas Lights
So why go for the LED lights this season? The first and most attractive benefit is they are more durable than incandescent lights. Their durability comes the fact that most LED lights are made from plastic instead of glass. By purchasing LED Christmas lights, you eliminate the chances of breaking a bulb and having shards of glass scattered around your home.
Another benefit of LED lights is their longer lifespan than incandescent bulbs. LED lights won’t spontaneously burn out as their counterpart. Typically, LED bulbs slowly fade in brightness over time, therefore, you won’t have to worry about sudden gaps in your lighting display.
Coupled with a longer lifespan is the energy saving aspect of LED lights, they use about 20% of the energy incandescent lights use. The energy savings will not only help on your power bills but it also means you can connect more strands together. Since the power draw of LED lights is not as high as incandescents, there is a lesser chance of popping circuit breakers when you turn the lights on.
Lastly, LED Christmas lights are safer than incandescent light bulbs. LED lights do not output the amount of heat like incandescent bulbs. This means that they are much safer around your family and any trees or bushes that you choose to decorate.
The Cons of LED Christmas Lights
There are many benefits to LED lights, though there are a couple drawbacks as well. The first drawback you will notice immediately is the price. LED lights can be up to six times more expensive than incandescent lights. The other drawback is that LED lights may not be as bright as incandescent lights. Lastly, they lack an authentic look that makes folks nostalgic of Christmas past.
The decision on the type of Christmas light bulbs to use is a tradeoff. On one hand, you have the modern conveniences and energy savings that LED Christmas lights provide. On the other hand, you lose the warmth and Christmas nostalgia that incandescents have. The good news is that either option will brighten up your neighborhood, your home, and your day.