Light up your Christmas for less

Energy saving LED Christmas lights

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

Energy saving LED Christmas lightsLED 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.

However, comparing

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.

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113 Comments
admin

… plus, it a good way of spreading the cost of Christmas over a few months. Great tip Charlene, thanks for entering :)

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Heather Haigh

Start my Christmas shopping in the January sales and look out for bargains all year. And make pressies too.

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Christine Shelley

I start buying bits of food in september, and save a small amount all year round

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Lisa Sands

Look for Bargains, Special Sales Day, always check prices in at least 3 other stores before purchase xx

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karen cowley

Sad but me and my hubby don’t spend more than £10 on each other, i usually get socks and so does he, We aren’t tight we just cant afford for each other after we have bought for family, but we are happy with it so its fine xxx

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sarah davison

I save money by keeping the amount of people I buy for down to a minimum, my other half and I don’t buy presents for each other, and I use the internet to shop around to find the cheapest prices

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KIERAN WALSH

to be honest, Christmas is a time when budgets vanish, i all ways buy xmas cards in jan sales, and presents when i know it is wanted, if they are reduced

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Philip Traynor

Don’t have brand loyalty and look out for the bargains from all the big stores and online.

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liz ferguson

I try never to get tempted into going crazy with food … most of it normally get wasted as I buy too much!

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Jen

have very small presents for Christmas, cost very little. After Christmas, on sales buying all the presents, as we are Russians living in UK, and our Santa comes on New Years night to leave presents under the tree :)

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charlotte qualter

me and my friends hold toy swap partys great way to find prezzies and completley free!

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admin

Fantastic idea Charlotte – and if your children are anything like mine, they always prefer their friends toys over their own! :)

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Hilda Hazel Wright

I save money by not buying stuff! We buy a few carefully selected extra treats and don’t bother too much with presents. If its un-necessary its cut out, if its something worthwhile then we do it.

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Claire Eadie

By saving all my Christmas decorations from one year to the next and keeping the same tree.x

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Stevie Fairbairn

I stick a couple of quid from here and there into an old envelope I hide from myself.

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Andy Smith

LEDs look great and last longer. They even work streight out of the loft next Christmas!

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Jadea

Simple – I don’t celebrate Christmas, since I lost my job 6 years ago I’ve not had a Christmas :/

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Elizabeth

share supermarket bogof and other offers within the family so it doesn’t go off/we don’t just eat twice as much

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Yasmin

We don’t buy presents for adults, everybody has so much stuff it’s so wasteful. Kid’s have a £20 budget each but we do eat well and throw family parties which is much nicer x

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admin

I agree Yasmin, family parties are fantastic fun and let’s be honest, memories of happy family gatherings far out last cheap presents that can be quickly forgotten. :)

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Paula Harvey

I save with for vouchers a well known saving company but also put cash away each month so Christmas is well and truly sorted come November! :D

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Donna Kent

If I know I’m not going to see a certain family member until after christmas day, I buy their gifts in the sales.

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Lucy

Buy things throughout the year when they are on sale – but remembering what I have bought so I don’t end up buying loads for one person!

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Jeremy Hards

By buying throughout the year. This means I get stuff in sales or other special offers. It is also surprising how often you see something and think so and so would love that and it is nowhere to be found when it is their birthday or Christmas

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admin

That’s so true Jeremy – and if you’re anything like me, you end up forgetting what that great idea was when it’s time to buy!

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Lora

I do paid surveys in my spare time the rest of the year and claim the vouchers in the run up to Christmas. And shop around for the best price + discount codes+ cashback.

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Rebecca Gransden

I only use secondhand christmas cards which I buy online out of season. Save the trees.

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arabella bazley

I think we buy too many presents for people who can afford to buy what they want so you can save money by concentrating funds on having a glorious day with good company and leave presents for the little ones and your nearest and dearest, Friends don’t need presents, they need a shoulder to cry on and someone to laugh with. :-)

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admin

You are absolutely right Arabella, sometimes we can get so caught up with all the Christmas present-buying fuss, we forget what’s really important, and that’s as you say, being a true friend.

As Marvin J. Ashton said “Be the one who nurtures and builds. Be the one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart one who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them.”

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Jackie

look for bargains throughout the year, also buy stuff at car boots/charity shops which I can clean up or renovate.

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Lesley Cohen Wright

enter competitions like this to try and give people wonderful presents that I normally couldnt afford

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Zoe Roxby

I work for the NHS and we had a staff saving scheme where we declare how much they take from our wages each month and then give us it all back the end of November this is how I save my money up

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Natalie White

I try and pick up bits and pieces through the year, and then handmake any gifts that I can! :)

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Ross Beardsall

I spend Christmas with my Girlfriend’s family, which is wonderful AND I don’t have to pick up the bill for the Christmas dinner!

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admin

Ha! Nice idea Ross, though I’m sure you do more than your fair share with all of the clearing and washing up, don’t you? ;)

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Amanda Norwood

buy wrapping paper in January and shop around for bargains throughout the year for pressies

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