Sparkle and save with a new range of festive LEDs for your home
Although we are counting down the days to Christmas, with continued discussions between energy providers and the Government over rising energy prices, the threat of a bleak winter and the cost of festive goodies, it’s a wonder many of us aren’t contemplating skipping the festive season all together to wrap ourselves up warm and hibernate until Spring.
But of course we won’t, we’re British, we are made of sterner stuff, we get on with things and of course, we all love Christmas, don’t we?
So, if you want to enjoy the festive cheer and reduce your energy consumption at the same time, you may want to consider if those sweet fairy lights adorning your Christmas tree are as innocuous as you may think.
According to a well known comparison website, 100 five-watt bulbs illuminated for six hours a day over the festive period consumes 207 Kwh, that’s equivalent to 22.8 days of the average British household’s electricity consumption!
But before you pull the plug on your old Christmas lights, you may wish to consider a light-switch, rather than light-ditch, solution.
Switch to energy saving LED Christmas lights
LED Christmas lights may be a little more expensive to purchase at the outset than regular Christmas lights*, but when you consider LED’s use up to 90% less energy than traditional incandescent lights, you can see how they soon pay for themselves. In fact, according to EPA, the amount of electricity needed to keep a single traditional 7 watt incandescent Christmas bulb burning can power 140 LED bulbs!
As well being more energy efficient, LED’s also have a significantly longer life than regular bulbs, LED lights can last up to 20 years, as opposed to 3 years, which is the average life of standard fairy light bulbs!
A further ‘cool’ fact about LED’s is that unlike incandescent bulbs which are made of glass and get hot when in use, LED’s are made of plastic and remain cool to touch, making them safer to use in homes where small fingers could accidentally touch or break them.
Did I mention that LEDs are filament-free, they won’t burn out or blow – making searching for that rogue broken bulb in a tangle of cables a thing of Christmases past!
But how do they compare aesthetically? Well, I’ve been sent a set to of LED Christmas string lights to review from LED Hut and comparing the two sets, LED versus traditional, this is what I found:
Size: the LED’s are significantly smaller than traditional lights, both in bulb size and in light fitting size.
Light emission, the LED’s are far superior in the amount of light they give out compared to my more mellow incandescent fairy lights, plus unlike my traditional fairy lights, these funky LED’s have 6 different lighting options to choose from. So I can either choose to have ‘twinkling’ lights, slow fade, wave or just simple ‘steady on’ lights around my home this Christmas– oh the fun! ☺
So to make sure your home is merry and bright this Christmas, make the switch to LED.
*Prices start from £10 and there’s a whole host of options to choose from, including indoor and outdoor varieties and a wide selection of colours. The range offers everything from glittering string lights (5m and 10m) and net lights to wintry icicles, with multiple effects to suit all Christmassy settings.