Use LED Outdoor Christmas Lights to Save Money this Holiday Season

LED Christmas Lights

Using LED Lights to decorate for the holidays saves money because LEDs are more energy efficient.

The days of keeping up with the Joneses may be behind us, but if you’re in competition with the Griswold’s for the most outlandish display of Christmas lighting on the block, outdoor LED Christmas lights may help keep your energy costs down.

In recent years Light emitting diode or LED Christmas lights have begun to make headway in the marketplace and become much more prevalent and desirable for consumers. Previous versions of LED Christmas lighting left consumers wanting more. The earlier versions lacked a variety of colors, shapes, sizes and brightness.

Current versions offer a wide range of colors, are much brighter, come in many sizes and shapes, have the ability to blink, and use as little as one-tenth the energy as conventional outdoor Christmas lights. LED Christmas lights also burn cooler than traditional lighting and by doing so reduce the possibility of fires. Some estimates report that the current version of LED lighting can last up to 30 times longer than the conventional bulbs.

How much money can you save by switching to LED Christmas lights?

Traditional lights use about 10 watts per bulb. LED lights use only 0.04 watts per bulb. Let’s run the numbers. If you have 10 strings of traditional lights containing 25 bulbs per string around your home, you’d be using 2500 watts of electricity. Conversely, you could run 10 stings of 100 LED outdoor Christmas lights and at 0.04 watts per bulb you’d be only using 40 watts of electricity.

Choosing energy efficient lighting will keep you in the spirit without a huge bump to your electricity bill.

To save even more money, also consider putting a limit on the amount of time your lighting is on by setting them up with a timer. Some timers can be set to come on just after sunset and stay on for a specific number of hours. Such a setup will also assure that your costs are limited. Ultimately, you decide how festive you want to be but outdoor LED Christmas lights will help take the sting out of that first electric bill of the New Year.

Photo by Antijoe

About Keith Lewis

Keith Lewis is the Founder of Green World 365. His vision is to inspire others to do one thing every day to make a greener world. He is also the founder and host of Swoop's World, an indie radio show based in Southern California.


  1. Thanks for sharing this. I would like to add few to your list.

    1. Ecologically Friendly – LED Lighting Is Much More Eco-Friendly
    LED lights are free of toxic chemicals. Most conventional fluorescent lighting bulbs contain a multitude of materials like e.g mercury that are dangerous for the environment.

    LED lights contain no toxic materials and are 100% recyclable, and will help you to reduce your carbon footprint by up to a third. The long operational life time span mentioned above means also that one LED light bulb can save material and production of 25 incandescent light bulbs. A big step towards a greener future!

    2. Durable Quality – LED Illumination Can Withstand Rough Conditions
    LEDs are extremely durable and built with sturdy components that are highly rugged and can withstand even the roughest conditions.

    Because LED lights are resistant to shock, vibrations and external impacts, they make great outdoor lighting systems for rough conditions and exposure to weather, wind, rain or even external vandalism, traffic related public exposure and construction or manufacturing sites.

    3. Zero UV Emissions – LED Lighting Features Close to No UV Emissions
    LED illumination produces little infrared light and close to no UV emissions.

    Because of this, LED lighting is highly suitable not only for goods and materials that are sensitive to heat due to the benefit of little radiated heat emission, but also for illumination of UV sensitive objects or materials such a in museums, art galleries, archeological sites etc.

    4. Operational in Extremely Cold or Hot Temperatures
    LED are ideal for operation under cold and low outdoor temperature settings. For fluorescent lamps, low temperatures may affect operation and present a challenge, but LED illumination operates well also in cold settings, such as for outdoor winter settings, freezer rooms etc.

    5. Low-Voltage – LED Lighting Can Run on Low-Voltage Power Supply
    A low-voltage power supply is sufficient for LED illumination. This makes it easy to use LED lighting also in outdoor settings, by connecting an external solar-energy source and is a big advantage when it comes to using LED technology in remote or rural areas.

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