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Consumer Tip Monday, December 1, 2008

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Have a Green Holiday with LED Lights

When you trim your tree this year, trim your electric bill at the same time by replacing the old incandescent light strings with Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights. 

LED lights have been around for several years but, until recently, were only available in red.  Early versions of the lights were also dim.  Recent developments in LED lighting have produced brighter lights in a variety of colors.

LED lights have several advantages over incandescent lights:

•    LED lights use 80 percent less energy than traditional lights.  A string of 50 LED lights uses 3.2 watts, while a string of 50 standard  bulbs uses 20.4 watts.

•    LED lights are cool to the touch.

•    LED lights have an average life of 20,000 hours.  Standard bulbs burn for less than half that time.

•    LED lights are plastic and therefore more durable than standard bulbs.

The initial cost of a string of LED lights is still higher than a string of standard bulbs, but the extended life and reduced energy consumption make them a green solution to decking your halls this holiday season.

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