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LED holiday lights versus traditional lights, which is better?

By KRDO.com Staff
Published On: Nov 21 2012 04:11:16 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 21 2012 09:09:29 PM CST

Colorado Springs Utilities is encouraging homeowners to choose energy-efficient LED holiday lights this year to save money on their utility bills.

With the holiday season getting under way, many homeowners are digging out their holiday decorations.

With so many choices, many are wondering if LED lights are worth the extra initial cost. 

Colorado Springs Utilities said while the lights are more expensive to buy, they will save consumers money in the long run.

LED, which stands for light-emitting diode, holiday lights use 90 percent less energy than traditional lights, according to CSU. 

Cheron Cole, CSU spokesperson, said LED holiday lights can also last up to 100 times longer than traditional lights.

“You may see a lower sticker price on a different set of lights and think that’s the way to go, but, think about how that will affect your bill in the long run.  Is it going to last longer?  Is it going to be safer?” said Cole.

Cole said LED lights emit less heat, which poses less risk of a fire or burns. 

Because they are covered in plastic rather than glass, LED lights are also less prone to break when dropped.

Cole suggested shoppers look for the blue “Energy Star” label on the packages of holiday lights, as this will indicate the lights are energy efficient.  More information on “Energy Star” can be found here.

CSU is hosting a holiday light exchange and open house event on Saturday, Dec. 1. 

At the event, CSU customers can exchange two incandescent old holiday light strings for two LED strings.

Strings will be accepted between 8 a.m. and noon at the Conservation and Environmental Center, located at 2855 Mesa Road in Colorado Springs.

According to CSU, “All proceeds from the recycled lights will benefit Project COPE, providing utilities payment assistance to families and individuals in need.”

For more information on the event, click here.

The lights will be distributed based on availability, so Cole suggests arriving at the event early.

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