It Christmas time, light it up!

How much do they really cost?

Want to take a wild guess at what our favorite part of Christmas here at Griddy is? The lights, duh! Isn’t it the best feeling? Driving around at night with the heater blasting, listening to Christmas music, and just looking at all of the Christmas lights that magically transform each home into a life-size gingerbread house. But what effect do they have on your electricity bill?

There are a lot of things that are taken into account to figure out what kind of impact Christmas lights have on your electricity bill: choice of bulbs, display size and whether or not they are regular lights (incandescent) or LED. 

Take a look at this logic: 

  • 100-count string of incandescent mini light are about 40 watts. (40 watts is equivalent to 0.04 kilowatts)
  • 70-count of 5mm Wide Angle LEDs are about 4.8 watts. (4.8 watts is equivalent to 0.0048 kilowatts)

What to take away from this example? Incandescent wattage is about 80-90% more than LED wattage, so the cost to power incandescent lights is about 90x greater than LED.

Your Christmas predicament: 

You need 265 ft of lights to cover your roof. What should you consider? You have two options: LED or Incandescent. Go!

No judgment – we do still love those snowy white lights – but LED lights have the ability to save you money on your power bill as a long-term investment. LED Christmas light bulbs have the projected lifespan of around 50,000 hours, while incandescent Christmas lights are projected to work for up to 3,000 hours. So if we are sticking with the 5 hours per day theme,  then that means there are about 150 hours per season. Now remember, when they test the lifespan of Christmas lights they do so in a lab in perfect conditions that don’t necessarily account for intense rain, wind, snow, or flukes. But theoretically, LED Christmas lights could last you around 333 Christmas seasons (wow!) whereas incandescent Christmas lights can last you up to 20 Christmas seasons. 

Bottom line, if you’re looking to save money, invest in some LEDs. They’re more energy-efficient, cost-effective, safer, longer-lasting, and are super bright! 

Ho-ho-ho! It’s the Christmas season, we love Christmas lights, and we hope you have a happy holiday! 

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