LED Lights vs. Traditional Christmas Lights
LED's are NOT your Father’s Christmas lights!
Many a comic plot has revolved around a character trying to find the one bulb in a string of Christmas lights that was causing all of them to fail. The hapless hero would be forced to individually check bulb after bulb after bulb to find the ONE bulb that was causing the problem. Now times have changed, and technology has evolved and that long-time scenario relied upon by several generations of comedy writers is no longer valid. So what changed? In this day and age, LED Christmas light bulbs don’t share the one-fail-all-fail foible of old traditional incandescent Christmas lights. Just like telephone party lines, crank-start automobiles, and many other forms of archaic technology, incandescent lights and all of their flaws will become ever less familiar to current and future generations.
LED lights are rapidly becoming the standard for many forms of lighting and with that, they’re now becoming especially popular as Christmas lights.
The exploding popularity of LED Christmas lights can be attributed to reasons far beyond the one-fail-all-fail flaw of old-style incandescents, the majority of its popularity being attributed to the many benefits it offers.
The benefits that LEDs offer over incandescents include:
- Superior Energy Efficiency: Energy is expensive and generating electricity takes a toll on the environment. That’s why both economists and ecologists favor LED bulbs. Because there’s really no comparison in the energy efficiency of LED bulbs vs. incandescents. When you replace incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs, in fact, you can expect to use up to 90% less energy to keep your Christmas display shining bright.
- Cool Running: When incandescent Christmas lights were predominant, parents were wise to keep an eye on very young children when the lights were on. Toddlers would sometimes be tempted to reach out and touch a bright, shining Christmas light and that was a good way to get a nasty burn. That’s because all of the energy that incandescents waste is given off in the form of heat – lots of it.
On the other hand, an LED bulb that’s been lit for hours remains comfortable to the touch, eliminating the need for concern about kids or pets getting burned.
- Eternal Life: Well…not quite eternal. But it’ll seem so, because LED bulbs last a looooong time! The lifespan of a typical LED bulb can range from 25,000 to 75,000 hours. So a single LED bulb can potentially replace dozens of incandescent bulbs during its life, saving you lots of money over time.
- Better, Brighter Color. It’s true that over time the energy efficiency and long life of LEDs will save you money over incandescents. But the benefits of LEDs extend far beyond economic considerations. LEDs offer aesthetic benefits as well. LED bulbs glow brightly with colors that are more pure and true than the colors of traditional bulbs.
Here’s why: Incandescent bulbs don’t actually produce different colors. They produce only one color - the natural white-ish glow of the electricity coursing through the bulb’s filament. Then that color is ‘dyed’ into the desired color by coloring the bulb. So a green incandescent bulb, for example, produces a white light that is made to appear green by the coloring of the bulb.
On the other hand, LED bulbs produce colors that are true to the spectrum of the rainbow. A green LED bulb produces TRUE green light – not just white light that is dyed green. LED technology is capable of emitting light of many different wavelengths, and hence, many different colors.
Okay, so LEDs produce true colors. Does it really make a difference? Oh yes, it does. Compare LEDS side-by-side with incandescents and you’ll agree.
Not All Traditions Last Forever
Christmas is a holiday that’s rife with tradition. Gift giving, for example, is a tradition that has been associated with Christmas for many centuries but some traditions wear out their welcomes a bit sooner.
The tradition of decorating with incandescent light bulbs is a perfect example. Incandescents served well for generations, but the advantages offered by LEDs renders the incandescent bulb a fading technology.
So whether you’re a Christmas enthusiast or a Pro installer still decorating with incandescent bulbs, you have a choice to make: Stay with the fading technology of Christmases past, or enjoy brighter, more colorful, less costly Christmases future with the rising star of LED technology.
It’s not really a difficult decision, is it?