Posted by Tim Stobbs on November 27, 2009
I think most people are realizing that those season LED (SLED) lights are a lot better than the old school Christmas lights for either your house or your tree. I personally like the SLED’s since I’ve managed to step on a bulb and not break it. Proving to me they were going to last a very long time if they can handle that kind of abuse (not to mention they are rated to last 10 times as long). They also use 90% less power, so in terms of saving money these bulbs should be an obvious replacement for the old ones.
Yet when people say 90% less power that still doesn’t help most of us convert it to cash. Well my power company was nice enough to send a flier in my last bill that broke out exactly how much savings there is for a 100 foot string of lights on for five hours a day for a 31 day month. Assuming a cost at 10.22 cents/kWh for your power the cost to run different lights for a month are as follows:
- SLED $0.22/month
- Mini-regular lights $3.17/month
- Small standard bulbs (outdoor) $7.92/month
- Standard Outdoor bulbs $11.08/month
So if you have just replacing a 100 feet of outdoor lights and another 100 feet of indoor mini lights you could potentially save $13.81 on your first power bill. WOW, talk about short payback periods. The savings get even better if you leave them on longer than five hours a day or you take advantage of one of those seasonal exchanges that most power companies run where they will give you a rebate on a SLED set if you turn in your old set of lights.
So consider investing in SLED’s this year for your tree and house. You can keep the seaon bright and your power bill lower to free up money for those important things like eggnog, treats and all the other holiday cheer.