What do you love the most about the holiday season? While you may have loved the anticipation of unwrapping gifts when you were a child, many adults enjoy seeing their loved ones open specially selected presents even more. Although gift giving and receiving make the holidays special, so do many other things.
Get-togethers with friends and family members, holiday parties and Christmas carols are just a few of the additional things that make the holidays so wonderful. Of course, Christmas lights add to the festive ambience that always accompanies the arrival of the holiday season as well.
Options for Christmas Lights
In years gone by, you didn’t have much choice when it came to holiday lighting. In general, consumers had just one choice for Christmas lights. And that option was incandescent holiday lights. Although incandescent lights look great, they are wildly inefficient.
Incandescent lights are inefficient because they use significantly more energy to produce heat than light. That’s because incandescent lights use electricity to warm up their internal tungsten wires until they start to glow and produce light.
By contrast, LED lights employ chips that convert approximately 90 percent of the electricity they consume into light. LED lights are able to do this thanks to electroluminescence. Because they generate so little heat, LED holiday lights are coated in epoxy rather than the glass that’s used to make incandescent lights. Whereas incandescent lights have a limited lifespan, LED lights can last for years, or 30,000 – 50,000 hours of use.
Today, LED lights are widely available in the marketplace. Strands of LED lights are typically priced comparably to incandescent lights. Because they use so much less power, LED lights enable you to create bigger displays involving more holiday lights that use less power than smaller displays made with incandescent lights.
For example, an ordinary 50-bulb string of incandescent lights consumes 20.4 watts per hour. Since you can only string 10 strands of incandescent lights together, you’ll have a maximum of 500 lights that consume a total of 210 watts per hour. A typical 50-bulb string of LED lights consumes 4.8 watts per hour. You can string up to 43 sets of LED lights together, which will consume 206 watts per hour. That will yield 2,150 lights that consume just 206 watts every hour your display is illuminated.
Work With a Christmas Light Decoration Company
At Christmas Creations, we understand the desire to decorate for the holidays. And we also understand the importance of not driving up your power bill unnecessarily. That’s why all of the holiday lighting we install is LED lighting.
To learn more about the lights we use to create breathtaking holiday displays, look through the list of frequently asked questions people often ask our Christmas light company. If you have any questions or you’d like to schedule a free consultation, contact Christmas Creations today.