Why Energy Efficient LED Christmas Lights
LED Christmas lights are festive and good for the planet.
You can make your Christmas traditions more environmentally friendly by switching to energy-saving LED Christmas lights.
Usually at Christmas people start to get rid of things that still work to replace them with more energy-efficient models.
This is because even simple products use a lot of electric energy so it seems useful to get rid of the products. But the truth is that it is totally wrong since to save money it is better to use the products until the end of their useful life and these cannot be repaired.
Christmas Light Energy Efficiency:
In the 19th century and before, the only way to light a Christmas tree was with candles, which probably caused quite a few house fires. Fortunately, in 1882, Thomas Edison's friend and business partner, Edward H. Johnson, created the first chain of electric lights for Christmas trees, which were safer than candles, although at the time electricity was not as safe as it is today. As electrical safety improved and became more affordable, Christmas lights also became popular outdoors.
Over the past hundred years, incandescent Christmas lights have undergone technical advances and design improvements. They provide a nice warm light, but also convert much of their energy into heat instead of light. You can still buy incandescent Christmas lights, but LED lights consume up to 80% less energy, don't generate heat, and last about 25 times longer, making them an eco-friendly option.
There are a variety of Christmas lights on the market today and making comparisons of apples with apples can be a bit tricky. For example, classic C9 incandescent bulb chains generally contain 25 bulbs, while most mini and LED incandescent light chains contain 50 or 100 bulbs. The complicated thing is that there is no regulation for the type and amount of ropes you can place in your home, a protocol for how many hours a day you can run your lights or an official definition of how many days constitute the holiday. Season.
However, we can still make some comparisons that will illustrate why LEDs are by far the energy efficiency option.
In the following scenario, our fictional family will decorate with six chains of Christmas lights (3 for your tree and 3 for your home) that will run for 5 hours a day, 7 days a week, for 21 days. Power companies charge per kilowatt-hour (kWh), so that's what we'll use for our comparisons. Note that the average household consumes approximately 10,766 kWh of electricity per year, which is rounded to 897 kWh per month.
175 watt chain of 25 multicolored C9 incandescent lights
175 watts per chain x 6 strings x 1,050 watts x 5 hours / day x 7 days / week x 21 days x 771,750 watts / 1,000 x 771.8 kWh of electricity consumed over a period of 3 weeks.
50-color, multi-colored Christmas light chain
24 watt chain of 50 mini multi-colored incandescent lights
24 watts per string x 6 x 144 watts x 5 hours / day x 7 days / week x 21 days x 105,840 / 1,000 x 105.8 kWh of electricity consumed over a period of 3 weeks.
Christmas light chain of 50 faceted C3 LED bulbs of various colors
4.2 watt chain of 50 multicolored C3 LED lights
4.2 watts per string x 6 x 25.2 watts x 5 hours / day x 7 days / week x 21 days x 18,522 / 1,000 x 18.5 kWh of electricity consumed over a period of 3 weeks.
Now, let's put this in perspective.
If you had to decorate with the C9 incandescent Christmas lights and use them for three weeks, your home would consume 86% of the total electricity that an average family uses in a month only to light up their home and the Christmas tree. Mini incandescent lights would consume 11.8% and LED lights 2%.
Using the same scenario, if only 10 million families exchanged their old C9 incandescent lights for LED, energy savings could power 618,614 homes for an entire year.
Are you ready to make the switch to the LED Christmas lights?