It is fantastic to see more and more retailers stocking LED holiday lights. Light emitting diodes are a great source of green holiday cheer because they are extremely energy-efficient, they can save you money by lowering your electricity bills, and they last for decades – most are rated up to 50,000 hours. By contrast, an incandescent light strand typically lasts 1,500 hours, and uses an average of 5 times more energy than a similar LED product. If you are looking for unique holiday lighting options that won’t spike your wattage, read one to see our favorites.
Ikea KALLT Snowflake LED String Lights
These sparkling LED snowflake lights come in a 16 foot-long string and glow a beautiful warm white color. They are rated to last 20,000 hours, and can be used indoors or outdoors. They only consume 3 watts of power, and they won’t draw much from your piggy bank either with their reasonable price point.
$15 at IKEA
Aurora Glass LED Solar String Lights
Each one of these beautiful glass globes houses an LED light source that is powered by the sun! The hand-blown glass orbs are available in a variety of colors and come strung on a strand measuring 25 feet long. The 5″x5″ solar collector also includes a light sensor that enables the lights to turn off during daylight hours. There are best used outdoors, or in a place where the solar panel can access direct sunlight.
$61 at Lighting Universe
Everbright Solar Holiday Lights
If you’re searching for a more traditional take on next-generation lighting, look no further than Everbright’s beautiful solar-powered LED lights. These twinkling weatherproof strands soak up the sun’s rays using an attached solar panel – a full charge will light up the night for 20-40 hours, and a sensor automatically turns them off during the day.
$33 from Eco Source Shop
Solar LED Light Net
Creating a sparkling winter wonderland is a snap with these luminous nets of woven LEDs. The lights are evenly dispersed, which makes installing them as simple as draping them over your landscaping or topiaries. Although plug-in designs are available, we love the stand-alone solar-powered version.
$80 at Amazon
Rock LED String Lights
These crystalline LED lights add a cool wintry glow to any interior space. Each strand is Energy Star Certified, consumes just 2.4 Watts of energy, and each individual LED bulb has a lifespan of 100,000 hours.
$12 from Environmental Lights
Rattan Ball LED String Lights
Featuring woven rattan balls as tiny shades, this gorgeous light strand has a very natural look. Rattan is typically made from palm stems, which are a rapidly renewable resource.
$20 from Lamps Plus