Less energy, more cheer this holiday season


holiday lights on a tree and home at night

LEDs can help make your holiday traditions even merrier by cutting energy use and saving you money. LED holiday lights are:

  • Energy efficient. They use 70 percent less energy than conventional incandescent strings of lights.
  • Long-lasting. They can last up to 10 times longer than incandescent lamps, and lights do not individually burn out.
  • They stay cool to the touch, reducing the risk of fire.
  • The bulbs are made of epoxy, not glass, so they are much more durable than other lights.

LED holiday lights come in a wide variety of colors, shapes and lengths and are available at many home improvement, drug and grocery stores. The brightness and color of LED lights have also come a long way in the last few years and are now visually appealing. For white lights, you can choose between cool white, which is a bright icy-blue white, or warm white, which has a yellow tint and is the closest to a white incandescent.

Warren Cook, manager of energy efficiency at the Oregon Department of Energy, calculated the cost savings of LED holiday lights for the Bend Bulletin: “Assuming they would be on for a combined 480 hours over the holiday season, 1,000 LED lights would use about $3.30 in electricity, and 1,000 incandescent mini lights would use about $19.60 worth.”

Look for ENERGY STAR® certified light strings to ensure top quality and performance, and use a timer to turn lights off after 10 p.m. for even more energy savings.