Lighting for the Holiday Season
Holiday season lights can be both bright and energy-efficient and can often replace the need for regular porch or yard lighting over the holiday season. Choosing the appropriate holiday lights and lighting controls will ensure your display is as energy-efficient as possible.
|Timers and photocells can also save you energy and money by automatically turning lights on at dusk and turning them off at a scheduled time. Be sure the timer is designed for the required amount of wattage.|
Seasonal LED strings are available for sale through many retailers. These energy-efficient light strings are superior to standard incandescent light strings in that they:
The energy cost of operating one of these strings is therefore a fraction of the cost of conventional holiday lights. When purchasing seasonal LED lighting, look for a product that carries at least a two year warranty.
Traditional screw socket bulbs use either 5 or 7 watts per bulb. With 25 lights per string, that translates to a lot of power - between 125 to 175 watts per string. And unfortunately, most of that energy is wasted. Less than 10% of the power used by an incandescent bulb goes into creating light - the rest is lost as heat. With 5 strings of traditional lights generating as much heat as a small baseboard heater, it’s easy to see why they can be a fire hazard on a dry tree. Incandescent bulbs are also expensive to replace, and must be replaced
often. Many people find it less expensive to buy whole new strings rather than buy the replacement bulbs. If you are planning on purchasing this type of light, 5 watt bulbs rather than 7 watt will reduce your operating costs by 30%.
LED Rope or flexible lighting consists of miniature LED lights encased in flexible plastic tubing about 1/2” in diameter. Spaced about 1” apart, the bulbs use approximately 0.067 watts of power or 0.8 watts per foot (compared to 0.5 watts of power - or 5 watts per foot for Incandescent rope lighting) - and are rated to last over 20,000 hours. Available for indoor or outdoor use the bulbs and tubing come in several different colours, and are well suited for decorations or feature illumination.
Artificial trees that use built-in fibre optic cabling to send light throughout the tree from a single incandescent bulb are gaining in popularity. The heat generated from the single bulb - generally between 5 and 20 watts - is minimal, and branches where hundreds of tiny fibres distribute the light, are cool to the touch. Many trees come with rotating colour wheels that change the colour emitted by the fibres.
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