The Economics of LED Christmas Lights
October 6, 2007
In the 1980's a 35 light set of Christmas tree lights would cost $10.00. That would be more than $20 in todays dollars. Christmas lights were expensive back then and most people would spend a few years building up a stock of lights only to have to replace them the following year. As time went on Christmas lights became less expensive until now when one can buy a cheap 100 light set for under $3 at Wal-Mart. In fact, the lights have become some cheap that most people now consider them disposable. Why waste 1 or 2 hours of time untangling the lights from the tree when they won't last very long and only cost $3? Its not a hard choice for many people. The now cheap, disposable Christmas lights are creating a lot of waste and bad habits for Christmas decorators.
Just when Christmas lights became so cheap that we are willing to throw them away, LED Christmas lights have become readily available. The new LED Christmas lights are nearly 4 times more expensive than standard incandescent holiday lights and many people are reluctant to give up their cheap throw aways. Sometimes its hard to take a little longer term view of consumption. However, a good set of LED Christmas lights will last for more than 50,000 hours. Assuming the average person who celebrates Christmas will illuminate his holiday tree for about 10 hours each day and for 45 days, a set of LED Christmas lights would last for 111 years. (You may have to will these lights to your children.)
Not only will you probably never have to replace the lights again, the LED Christmas lights use approximately 90% less energy than incandescent lights. If you add this into the money will save over the course of your life by not having to replace your Christmas lights its an easy decision.
Finally, using LED Christmas lights will mean a lot less strings of tangled plastic and wire in our landfills and a cleaner environment.
This year when you are shopping for holiday lights consider the total cost of the lights and save money with LED Christmas lights.