Now that it's December, it's time to deck the halls with festive decor! A new wave of extremely energy-efficient LED holiday lights means your winter season will be even merrier and brighter. Not only do LED lights save a ton on electricity (80–90% compared to incandescents!), they are also durable and very long lasting. For enthusiastic holiday decorators this could mean savings of hundreds of dollars, which is well worth the upgrade to the more efficient technology. In that spirit, Inhabitat has produced a round up of eight of our favorite new LED light strands for the holidays, including indoor ultra-mini strands, battery-powered strands and heavy-duty outdoor lights.
Firefly Lights from Urban Outfitters
Urban Outfitters is carrying these darling mini LED lights, called Firefly Lights, that are seemingly impossible. The strand is a metal wire with integrated lights — it looks like you would shock yourself just by touching them, but they’re totally safe. The metal wire allows you to bend and form the light strand into whatever shape you wish, and it blends in with its environment.
GE Energy Smart Warm White Mini Icicles from Lowes
Lowes carries the GE brand of Energy Smart holiday lights and these mini icicles are perfect for your home’s exterior. The warm white feels similar to the glow of incandescent bulbs, and you won’t even be able to tell the difference — except when you see how low your energy bill drops compared to last year.
LED Silver Bead Battery-Powered Strand from World Market
For a delicate touch, these Silver Bead LED Garland Lights from World Market are the perfect accent for your holiday table or mantle. Battery powered, the strand can be placed anywhere without need for an extension cord or an outlet. Plus they’ll be just as pretty throughout the year for other special celebrations.
Red Ribbon LED Lights from Target
Trimming your Christmas tree this year with ribbon and lights? How about you combine the two for a big wow factor with these ribbons with integrated LEDs seen at Target? The 12-foot-long ribbon can be draped, wrapped or curled, and you can combine five ribbon strands for an even greater effect.
Snowflake LED Lights from World Market
These crystalline Snowflake Lights at World Market are just the ticket for your cozy home and are perfect for decorating your windows. The battery-powered strand features five snowflakes, each with seven LED lights inside, plus you can connect multiple strings together for a longer run.
Strala LED Light Chain Balls from Ikea
Long known for its LED lighting options, Ikea also has a great selection of LED strand lights for the holidays. The Strala LED Light Chain Balls are ultra festive and can be used on the tree, the mantle or even as accent lighting on your table.
Holiday LED White Icicle Lights from Home Depot
Travel into your local Home Depot to check out their wide range of holiday lights, especially their LED options. We particularly liked their icicle-shaped outdoor lights designed to liven up your home’s exterior. Make them twinkle — or not — and string them in a long row on your home’s gutter.
C7 LED Multi-Colored Light Set from Christmas Lights Etc
Looking for a more old-school effect with large multi-colored bulbs reminiscent of your childhood? Then check out a variety of LEDs called C7s or C9s. These larger bulbs are popular for lining walkways, roof lines or trees, and are even more durable than the old-school glass bulbs. Christmas Lights Etc offers up a variety of colors and lengths, but we’re especially fond of the multi-colored option.