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Best LED Christmas lights for your money

Best LED Christmas lights for your money
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Don't spend any more time untangling those old incandescent Christmas lights. Go throw them out right now!

Back? Great, let me tell you why you are upgrading to LED lights this year.

Dating all the way back to 2006, the Capitol Christmas tree was decorated exclusively with LED lights. The following year, New York's Rockefeller Center made the transition to LED. A decade later, LED lights are here to stay.

Reason for the LED transition

LED lights produce little to no heat. They are cool to the touch, and because of this, they require much less energy to function. Seventy-five percent less to be more accurate. This is because nearly 90 percent of incandescent light bulb energy is released as heat rather than light. So unless you have no heater for the winter, and want to cuddle up next to the tree for warmth, you're wasting 90 percent of the energy you feed into your incandescent lights.

The lower energy usage also allows another major benefit. With LEDs you can string together eight to 10 times more strands of lights using the same outlet. DO NOT attempt that with standard incandescent lights. Any more than four to five strands of lights become a major fire hazard. This makes LED lights much safer and more convenient to decorate with.

Finally, LED lights last much, much longer. The average LED light strand is rated to last 25 times longer than their incandescent counterparts. This means you can count on a strand of LED lights to continue working year after year.

Where to buy them.

You can probably get LED Christmas lights at any store that sells decorations, but to make sure you are on the right track, I thought I'd recommend a few:

Autolizer 100 LED WHITE Fairy String Lights

Buy from Amazon

Excelvan Safe Low Voltage 250 LEDs 

Buy from Amazon

Maxinda Outdoor LED Weatherproof Strawberry Lights

Buy from Amazon

Hopefully this is enough information to convince you not to go fetching those old incandescent lights. Be safer, more convenient and more energy efficient this year with LED lights.

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