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Light Your Christmas Tree With LEDs

Light Your Christmas Tree With LEDs

"I'd say the eco-friendly (aspect) is secondary to looks unfortunately for me, but it is an important factor."
-Cherie Hlady, holiday shopper

November 29, 2007 —

This year, the White House and Rockefeller Center switched their Christmas lights from incandescent mini-bulbs to light-emitting diodes. LEDs are 80 percent more energy efficient than traditional Christmas lights, making them a greener choice for holiday decorating. But it's not just energy efficiency that has them flying off the shelves at stores like Target and Home Depot.

Aside from the small savings LED lights will bring on December energy bills across the country, LEDs are brighter and don't burn out. Each LED lasts up to twenty years, which means if you purchase your new Christmas lights now, you could still be using them in 2027. These lights generally cost about four times as much as their counterparts, but they're still cheap enough that it doesn't require a major investment to save a little bit of money and energy over the next two decades.

LED Christmas lights aren't going to save the world, but they're a superior product, and buying them sends a good message to corporate America about our willingness to spend a little bit more on a product that will pay dividends for years to come.

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