A Better Way to Light Up the Holidays
Holiday lights may help bring joy to the season, but they can also bring added costs to your energy bill. This year, save energy and money by purchasing energy efficient LED (light-emitting diode) strands to decorate your home or business.
Standard incandescent holiday lights–and even mini-lights–can use a significant amount of energy and regularly involve costly (and irritating) bulb replacements. LED lights produce a bright light for up to 20 holiday seasons!
LED technology produces light in a completely different way than incandescent lamps. While incandescent lamps emit light by heating a filament and produce waste heat in the process, LED lights are illuminated solely by the movement of electrons in a semiconductor material. Because they produce almost no heat, LED holiday lights present a greatly reduced risk of fire hazard over traditional incandescent strands and are safe to touch without worrying about burning your hands.
Lighting Safety Preparation
Consider the following safety tips for all types of holiday lighting:
- Before you string outdoor lights, check for overhead power lines. Don’t place yourself or any object in a position where you or it may come in contact with a power line–the result can be fatal. Look up before raising ladders or other objects. Keep at least 10 feet away from overhead lines.
- Make sure lights used to decorate the outside of the house are approved for outdoor use. Never use indoor lights outdoors.
- If stringing lights on outdoor trees, make sure tree limbs haven’t grown into or near power lines. Branches or entire trees can become energized if they contact a power line.
- Check all light strands for cracked or broken plugs, frayed insulation or bare wires. Worn cords can cause fires. Discard damaged sets of lights.
- Route cords inside your home so they won’t trip anyone. Don’t place them under rugs, furniture or other appliances. If covered, cords can overheat or become frayed and can cause a fire.
- Follow the manufacturer’s limits for number of strings that can safely be connected together.
- Always turn off tree and decorative lights–indoors and outdoors–when leaving the house and before going to bed.