‘Tis the season for seasonal light displays! One of the best things about winter, besides the fun of winter sports, occasional snow days, and the advent of Christmas, is the beautiful light displays on homes all around American cities, suburbs, and small towns. If you are in the process of decorating your kb home this year, here are some things to know about your Christmas light options this year.
LED vs Incandescent
No matter what theme your lights take this year, colorful, icy, or classical, you basically have only 2 light choices for decorating: LED or incandescent. These two options have different pros and cons and knowing the difference can help you choose the best one for your needs.
LED lights have been around since 1962 but it’s only been in the last decade that they have really become popular for interior and exterior home lighting. Here are the pros and cons:
- More Durable- with a 4,000 operation hour lifespan, LED lights are the longest lasting on the market. This means less replacement cost, fewer hours spent fixing lights, and fewer frustrations with replacing burnt out bulbs.
- More Efficient- LED lights consume less electricity than incandescent. If you’re worried about your carbon footprint, this is the light for you.
- More Cost Effective- LED lights cost far less to operate than traditional bulbs. Their efficiency makes them cost only pennies to run compared to the cost of incandescent.
- Stronger- LED bulbs are less likely to break. For this reason, LED lights have become the favorite of many professional holiday light decorators.
- Cost- LED light strands tend to have a higher initial cost than traditional strands. They make up for it in electricity savings, but it’s something to consider.
- Not as bright- LED lights don’t shine with the same brightness as incandescent bulbs. There’s just no getting around this one. To get the same brightness as traditional, you’ll probably need to get more strands.
- Fewer bulbs per foot- LED light strands typically have fewer lights per strand than incandescent.
Incandescent bulbs put the “twinkle” in holiday lights. With their brightness, they have been brightening up winter nights for decades.
- Brighter light- Incandescent lights will give you the brightest twinkle on the market.
- More strands per foot- These standard light strands typically have more lights per foot on each strand. This adds even more brightness to the look of your décor.
- Many shapes and colors- Because they have been around for so long, standard light strands come in many, many options. Icicles, nets, big and little, tiny and twinkling. You can create almost any light display you want with them.
- Inexpensive to buy- Incandescent strands are the least expensive option on the market to purchase.
- Operation cost- Incandescent bulb are much more expensive to operate than LED bulbs, sometimes costing homeowners an exorbitant amount on their winter electric bulbs.
- Short lifespan- standard bulbs don’t have a long lifespan. Anyone who has had the delight of untangling and replacing last year’s Christmas lights can tell you that some don’t even last for more than one year.
- Breakable- Incandescent bulbs are more prone to breaking because of the material they are constructed from. This leads to increased operation and replacement costs.
You have plenty of options available to you as you decorate your home. Have fun lighting up the night.