Energy Adviser: LED lights brighten season, save money – columbian.com
But LED technology ends all of that. Because they consume significantly less energy, multiple strands of LEDS can be connected to circuit. That means more lights, fewer cords and lots of energy savings.
Hypothetically, say wrapping your living room window takes a few strands and a grand total of 1,000 lights. That many incandescent bulbs might require around 408 watts of power and at least two circuits to get the job done. That many LEDs, on the other hand, would consume just around 70 watts, which would eliminate the need for multiple strands plugged into several circuits, and, again, costs much less to illuminate.
LEDs will also allow your creativity to really shine. Many manufacturers sell strands and individual bulbs that can be programed to display a variety of eye-catching, custom colors and be synced with music and controlled from a tablet or smartphone.
In addition to being cheaper, LEDs are safer than incandescent bulbs. An incandescent bulb converts about 90 percent of its energy into heat, which can be dangerous around trees, curtains and flammable decorations. LEDs, on the other hand, typically operate just a degree or two above room temperature, making it much safer to decade a wide variety of locations. Plus, their bulbs are made of epoxy, not glass, so they’re very durable and much less likely to injure a person if they break.
Finally, LEDs last much longer than incandescent bulbs. A standard incandescent light is expected to last about 2,000 hours, while an LED bulb can last up to 50,000 hours. Store LEDs right and they’ll shine bright season after season.