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8 Festive LED Christmas Lights To Save You Energy & Green Your Holidays
Posted By Mike Chino On December 2, 2012 @ 12:09 am In Architecture,gallery,Green Holidays,green Interiors,Green Lighting,Green Lighting | 4 Comments
Now that autumn has arrived, the holiday season is ramping up – and it’s never too soon to start thinking about decor for the winter festivities  to come. This year, instead of rolling out that tangled knot of old incandescent Christmas lights , consider investing in the future (and your monthly energy bill)  by making the switch to low-energy  LED holiday lights  – you’ll save a ton of electricity while spreading green goodwill to all. We’ve rounded up 8 of our favorite LED Christmas lights  for the 2012 holiday season – from solar-powered LED snowflakes  to frosty LED icicle strands  and beautiful ruby-red berry lights , read on for our top picks!
So why should you invest in LED Christmas lights ? Not only will they save you electricity and money, but they last up to 10 times longer than incandescents while consuming 70% less energy . This will add up to big savings on your electricity bill by the time the holiday season is over. They’ll also save you some sanity, since a single LED bulb  in a strand will not compromise the entire strand in the unlikely event that it does eventually burn out. And speaking of burning, you won’t have to worry about any incendiary emergencies  from overheating incandescent bulbs – LED lights  are cool to the touch and represent much less of a fire hazard.
When LED Holiday lights  first hit store shelves, some early adopters were turned off by their cool blue-ish hue, their tendency to flicker, and their tendency towards unidirectional shine. Flash forward to 2012 and we’re happy to say that advances in technology have addressed all of these issues. As you can see from the following examples, many of today’s LED  Christmas lights  feature “warm white”  bulbs that cast an even, yellowish glow, reminiscent of an incandescent, without the flickering. There is also a great assortment of omnidirectional LED holiday lights  available today – for instance, these wide angle LED lights  and red berry LED lights  – which are topped with cleverly designed diffusers that enable them to spread cheer from every angle.
Cheers! This effervescent strand of LED lights  is tipped with glowing faceted bulbs that match the color of everyone’s favorite holiday libation – champagne. The strand features 70 mini M5 bulbs, which is enough to wash any room in warm, festive light.
If you’re a traditionalist at heart, consider picking up a pack or two of these warm white C7 LED lights  – they feature larger bulbs that hold up a faithful candle to the glimmering vintage light strands of holiday seasons past. Each 10 ft. string of lights features 25 LED bulbs  spaced at 5-inch intervals.
If you’re plain old bored of standard white Christmas lights, this lovely string of ruby-red berry lights  is sure to lend some punch to your holiday decor. The glowing buds spaced along the strand are tipped with faceted diffusers that cast light in every direction.
Common knowledge holds that every snowflake is unique  – however these LED snowflake lights from Vickerman  shine with beautiful crystalline shapes that would make mother nature jealous. Best of all, the entire strand of lights uses just 4.8 watts of electricity.
$18 from Sears 
Ring in the holiday season with a festive burst of color by decking the halls with these brilliant jewel tone LED lights . Each light is topped with a wide-angle diffuser that spreads light a full 360 degrees, so they’re equally bright from every viewing angle.
If you live in a warmer climate, Jack Frost may not be nipping at your nose just yet – but that doesn’t mean your home can’t shine with wintry cheer. These bright white LED icicles from LightShow  will lend a fringe of frosty light to the top of a doorway or the edge of your roof. Its handy remote control will help prevent any Chevy Chase disasters à la Christmas Vacation .
$100 from Home Depot 
The sun is Frosty the Snowman’s mortal enemy – fortunately, these solar-powered snowflake lights  from Philips will continue spreading cheer long after the last snowball has melted. The handy solar charging panel makes them perfect for off-grid outdoor installations far away from electrical sockets.
$25 from Target 
These frosty white LED lights  are tipped with multifaceted bulbs that look like they were chiseled from blocks of ice! The bulbs hang down in cascading strands that lend a lovely, layered lighting effect to your home or christmas tree .
This article was underwritten by 1000Bulbs.com , your one-stop-online shop for eco-friendly lighting options , including holiday and Christmas lights. Offering a wide selection of LED Christmas lights  in a variety of shapes, colors and designs, such as light strings , net lights,  light curtain strands  and more, 1000Bulbs.com  is a great resource for all of your green lighting needs.
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 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2012/10/LED-Christmas-Lights-Lead.jpg
 winter festivities: http://inhabitat.com/green-holidays-2/
 Christmas lights: http://www.1000bulbs.com/category/christmas-lights/
 (and your monthly energy bill): http://inhabitat.com/video-inhabitat-lighting-makeover-inhabitots-editor-julie-seguss-gets-a-money-saving-light-bulb-overhaul/
 low-energy: http://inhabitat.com/tag/led/
 LED holiday lights: http://www.1000bulbs.com/category/led-light-strings/
 solar-powered LED snowflakes: http://www.target.com/p/philips-4ct-cool-white-solar-hanging-snowflake-string-lights-white-wire/-/A-14092875
 LED icicle strands: http://www.1000bulbs.com/category/led-christmas-icicle-light-strings/
 ruby-red berry lights: http://www.1000bulbs.com/category/led-berry-christmas-light-strings/
 10 times longer than incandescents while consuming 70% less energy: http://www.ny1.com/content/ny1_living/consumer_watch/152493/experts-say-led-holiday-lights-last-longer--save-energy
 LED bulb: http://www.youtube.com/v/xn8cHADwRkA?version=3&hl=en_US&rel=0&wmode=transparent
 incendiary emergencies: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPyrJbKJpIY
 LED Holiday lights: http://inhabitat.com/go-green-this-holiday-season-with-led-christmas-lights/
 Christmas lights: http://inhabitat.com/tag/led-christmas-lights/
 “warm white”: http://www.1000bulbs.com/category/warm-white-led-mini-light-strings/
 omnidirectional LED holiday lights: http://www.1000bulbs.com/category/led-wide-angle-christmas-mini-lights/
 wide angle LED lights: http://www.1000bulbs.com/category/multi-color-led-wide-angle-christmas-mini-lights/
 Warm White “Champagne” Mini LED Bulbs: http://www.1000bulbs.com/category/champagne-led-mini-light-strings/
 Warm White C7 LED Lights: http://www.1000bulbs.com/category/led-c7-christmas-light-strings/
 As low as $10 from 1000Bulbs.com: http://inhabitat.com http://www.1000bulbs.com/category/led-berry-christmas-light-strings/
 Vickerman Blue and Clear LED Snowflake Lights: http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_SPM3438782001P
 every snowflake is unique: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130818284
 LightShow White LED Icicle Light Set: http://www.homedepot.com/Decor-Holiday-Decorations-Christmas-Lights/h_d1/N-5yc1vZc3tb/R-203267164/h_d2/ProductDisplay
 Chevy Chase disasters à la Christmas Vacation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ar-__ub0rc
 $100 from Home Depot: http://www.homedepot.com/Decor-Holiday-Decorations-Christmas-Lights/h_d1/N-5yc1vZc3tb/R-203267164/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&storeId=10051#.UGpD4flERZF
 christmas tree: http://inhabitat.com/10-awesome-eco-friendly-christmas-trees-to-make-your-holiday-shine/
 Image: http://1000bulbs.com/
 1000Bulbs.com: http://www.1000bulbs.com/
 eco-friendly lighting options: http://www.1000bulbs.com/category/led-lighting/
 net lights,: http://www.1000bulbs.com/category/led-christmas-net-lights/
 light curtain strands: http://www.1000bulbs.com/category/led-light-curtain-strings/
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