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College 101: The Pros and Cons of LED Christmas Lights

The holiday season is a truly wonderful time of the year—there are lights and decorations everywhere, and the mood is always happy. For some people; however, the holidays can be quite stressful as decorating and gift shopping can be a hassle. Regardless of your attitude toward the holidays, it's important to be smart about your decoration choices and to purchase the most efficient option. While Christmas lights may all seem the same on the surface, understanding the pros and cons of LEDs can make a difference in both your energy savings and the quality of your decorations. 

If you're looking to purchase new light sets for the holidays, be sure to shop at Christmas Designers, as they offer a wide variety of beautiful LED Christmas lights. Christmas Designers has decorations for your entire home—allowing you to fully decorate the bushes in your backyard with outdoor Christmas lights and your mantle and Christmas tree with indoor lights. 

LEDs save money and energy.

Who doesn't want to save money while also helping the environment? Since LED lights require less energy, they are better for your energy bill and do not produce as many greenhouse emissions as their incandescent counterparts. While Christmas lights are a pretty and fun part of the holiday season, decorating with incandescent lights can be quite costly and damaging to the environment. LED Christmas lights will use less energy and be sure to save you some money on your bills, allowing you to spend more money on Christmas presents!

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LED lights don't overheat.

Unlike their incandescent counterparts, LED lights do not emit any warmth when they are turned on. While incandescent Christmas lights aren't necessarily considered dangerous, it is safer to decorate your Christmas tree with LEDs, as they do not get hot and will not cause a power overload. Since Christmas lights are typically use to decorate the interior and exterior of your home, using light sets that do not get hot seems like the overall safest idea. 

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LED lights are brighter than incandescent lights.

Traditional incandescent options for Christmas lights do not offer the bright color options that can be found in LEDs. LED string lights can light up entire driveways and walkways better than incandescents can. Incandescents are being replaced by LEDs outside of the holiday season as well, as LED lights are being used for regular household necessities such as table lamps and porch lights. This switch to LED helps people get brighter lighting in their homes and driveways while also using less power than incandescents. 

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LEDs last longer. 

Another way in which LEDs are a better type of light than incandescents is because they have a better longevity and are overall more durable. If you're investing in a string of lights that you're only going to be using during the holiday season, why purchase incandescents that will only last you a couple of years when you can confidently purchase LEDs that are likely to last over a decade?Since Christmas lights are used typically for about one month of the year, it makes more sense to invest in a set of lights that you know will last you plenty of years to come.

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LEDs are more expensive to purchase. 

The only real major downside to LED lights are how expensive they can be. Purchasing an LED bulb as opposed to an incandescent bulb is noticeably more expensive, and it may seem like you're saving money by opting against LEDs. However, it's important to realize that while LED lights are more expensive to purchase new, they are saving you a significant amount of money in the long-run. If you're unsure of whether the initial price of LED bulbs are worth the switch, you should be sure to determine the energy savings that you could be making as a result of these efficient bulbs. 

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