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LED Christmas Lights vs Incandescent

Updated: Jan 26, 2023

Find out the Differences Between LED Christmas Lights and Incandescent

If you love the holiday season, then you are probably counting the days until Christmas. But, here's a question:

What types of lights are you going to use this holiday season: LED Christmas lights or traditional incandescent strands.

To make the decision easier for you, in this article, we’ll explore the differences between LED and incandescent Christmas lights.

How Do Incandescent Lights Work?

Incandescent holiday lights work in a simple way: there is a wire filament inside that glows when you plug them into an electrical outlet. For the light bulb to function as expected, the filament must remain intact.

How Do LED Lights Work?

Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are more complex. They emit light as a result of the movement of electrons. When an LED fails, the remaining ones continue to produce light as long as they receive enough voltage and current.

What Are the Differences Between LED and Incandescent Lights?

While LED and incandescent Christmas lights distinctions can feel overwhelming, there are several critical differences you need to consider when shopping.

Energy Consumption

LED Christmas lighting uses energy more efficiently than incandescent bulbs. Unlike incandescent bulbs, which lose energy as heat, LEDs convert almost all of their electricity into light.

If you’re planning on creating a large light display this Christmas, LEDs can help you save up to 80% on your electric bill. LEDs might also be the better choice if you’re thinking about decorating a commercial building, for example.

Brightness and Visibility

LED Christmas lights are brighter than traditional bulbs. However, the size of LEDs is much smaller, which means they look brighter, but they are not as visible as the traditional incandescent lights. This can be a personal choice in how you want your display to look.

Regarding color choices, there are plenty of options with both LEDs and incandescent lights.

Lifespan and Durability

Compared to incandescent bulbs, LED lights have a longer lifespan. High-efficiency LEDs are designed to last over 30 years, which is almost 20 times more than the lifespan of incandescent bulbs.

However, both LEDs and the traditional bulbs are made of a breakable material, so take care when handling them. Hiring a professional team to handle the installation for you is also an option.

Costs and Maintenance

With LEDs, you may need to use more strands to achieve the same effect as with incandescent lights. This will increase the overall cost of your installation.

The initial costs of LED lights might be higher, but over time these lights will save money. They use less electricity and don’t burn out so they won’t need to be replaced. Incandescent lights are harder to maintain, break faster, and might require you to replace them more often.

Final Thoughts

With so many benefits, it may be time to update your collection with some LED lights. Or you can skip the buying and contact us today. Premier Oaks Lighting plans, installs, and removes Christmas lighting professionally, efficiently, and with minimal interference to your holiday schedule.

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