In the past, Christmas lights were incandescent bulbs encased in painted glass. They were large, burned hot, broke easily and flaked with age. Often when one bulb was broken, the entire string failed to light. Today's Christmas lights use LED--light emitting diodes--light bulbs. There are many benefits to using LED bulbs as opposed to incandescent bulbs.
LED Christmas lights demand far less electricity to operate than their incandescent counterparts---almost 90% less.
Due to the durability of LED Christmas lights, they are very easy to wrap up and store for later use. Worries of bulb breakage are no longer a concern. The bulbs withstand abuse and moisture without deleterious effects.
LED Christmas lights are available in various sizes and styles. They don't necessarily need to be one specific shape. Some LED lights are fashioned like snowflakes or snow men. Others are in the form of ropes or nets.
The older incandescent bulbs gave off most of their energy in the form of heat. This meant an overabundance of fires within the home during the Christmas season. LED lights do not heat up. They are far safer and don't cause fires.
Because LED lights do not burn hot, they last an extremely long time. Also, because they do not contain delicate filaments, LED lights can withstand light impact without breaking. When they are properly taken care of, LED Christmas lights will last for years.
LED Christmas lights function just as well outdoors as they do indoors. They are constructed in such a way that they are impervious to moisture, heat and cold.
LED Christmas lights are far brighter than lights of the past. In addition, the brightness of these lights does not fade over time.
As of 2010, a 30 foot string of multicolored blinking LED Christmas lights costs about $18.00; the same length of incandescent multicolored Christmas lights costs nearly $75.00. In addition to a much lower purchase price, LED lights also cost less to operate.
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