LEDs: Best Choice for Holiday Lights

To light up your holiday without firing up your energy bills, use energy-efficient LED Christmas lights.

While old incandescent bulbs waste 90% of their electricity on heat, colorful LEDs brighten your home without heating up. What's more, LEDs can last about 20,000 hours – the equivalent of 40 holiday seasons!


Cost Less

  • LEDs cost less than $1/day. Decorating a six-foot Christmas tree with a string of 280 LEDs (.04 watts each) and lighting it 12 hours a day for 40 days costs only 61 cents.
  • Mini-incandescents cost more than $6/day. Using a string of 300 mini-incandescent lights (.4 watts each) for the holiday season costs $6.53.
  • Standard incandescents cost nearly $30/day. Using a string of just 125 standard incandescent lights (4 watts each) for the holiday season costs $27.21.

Hard to Break

  • LEDs are very durable and built tough enough to last.

Keep the Whole String Glowing

  • If one LED on a string of lights doesn’t function properly for any reason, the other lights on the string still work – unlike a string of traditional incandescents, which can go out completely if one bulb burns out or the circuit breaks.

Stay Cool

  • LEDs are safe because they don’t get too hot to touch. This reduces the risk of fire and personal injury.

Easy to Use

  • Because LEDs use less power, it’s safe to connect multiple strings of lights without overloading the wall socket.

“Consider energy-efficient home lighting and other energy-efficient products for your holiday gifts,” suggests Alliance President Kateri Callahan, who noted that such products are the “gifts that keep on giving by saving money for years to come.”

Save Energy & Money Into the New Year by:

  • Turning off your lights automatically or by hand. Use timers to limit light display hours, and unplug your indoor holiday lights before going to bed or leaving the house.
  • Using energy-efficient smartphone apps that help save money, energy and time by controlling your heat and electricity consumption. With apps like these, there’s no worry if you forgot to turn off your holiday lights – you can do it while shopping for gifts!
  • Looking for the ENERGY STAR label. ENERGY STAR is the U.S. government’s symbol of energy efficiency on electronics, home office equipment, appliances and other products that can save up to 30% on related energy bills. 
  • Driving safely and efficiently. Every 5 mile-per-hour increase in speed over 60 mph is like paying an additional 27 cents per gallon for gas. Moreover, speeding, rapid acceleration and rapid braking can lower gas mileage by 33% at highway speeds.
  • Find more home and vehicle energy tips on Alliance videos produced with energyNOW!