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What Are Led Lights? The Difference Between Led Lights And Fairy Lights

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LED Christmas lights are all the rage these days- in the stores, on the blogs, on your neighbour’s house. So why the sudden interest?

Actually, LEDs have been around awhile. You can find them in a variety of household products, from flashlights to calculators. As Christmas lights, however, they’ve recently come into their own, over the past three or four years. And trust us- they’re here to stay. Based on their environmental and financial benefits, this is the future of holiday lighting.

So what are they? LED stands for light emitting diode- a reference to how the light is produced. In an LED, light is created by the movement of electrons in a semiconductor. This is a “cold process”, unlike the reaction which powers traditional fairy lights. Fairy lights produce light by applying power to a filament, enclosed in a bulb. The filament generates heat and, in turn, light. These two processes are completely different, so it’s not surprising they would have different lifespans, produce different light quality, and also utilise completely different amounts of energy.

So which is better? The facts don’t lie: in all aspects, and particularly in energy use, LEDs perform better. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

Here are a few straight facts about LEDs which outline why you should be switching over this Christmas season:

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LED lights use 80% less energy than traditional fairy lights, which means they are cost effective Christmas lights; they cost much less to run! Testing shows that running a single strand of 100 LED Christmas lights from Christmas World costs only $0.00081 per hour. In other words, you’d have to run that strand for 13 hours straight before paying even one cent!

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LED lights are energy efficient, which means they require less power. When we use less power, we in turn burn less fossil fuels to power our generators. In other words, we save these dwindling resources for another day. Or another Christmas.

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LED lights reduce the CO2 emission output into our environment, by this reduction in burning of fossil fuels (which release CO2 as a byproduct). This cuts down your carbon footprint and contributes to clean air for the whole planet!

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LED lights are much longer lasting. They have an expected lifespan of 50,000 hours, as compared to traditional fairy lights, which have a lifespan of 1,200 hours.

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LED lights are more durable. They do not have any fragile glass or filament components. They are made as a single unit, so they are more resistant to breaking, bumping, jarring, vibration, and any other bumps and breaks which can commonly occur when you set up, or pack up, your Christmas lights!

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LED lights release 80% of their energy as light and 20% as heat. In comparison, fairy lights release 90% as heat and 10% as light. This makes LEDs more efficient and much cooler. It also minimises the risk of Christmas house fires which can occur as a result of overheated traditional fairy light bulbs

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LED lights appear brighter than fairy lights and come in a fantastic full colour range.

For a more in-depth look at LED Efficiency and cost effective Christmas lights, go on www.christmasworld.com.au

This Christmas, go with the flow, go LED!

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Christmas World this is a great topic to discuss but one thing you forgot to factor in is the cost. Most Incad.(incandescent) light strings (at least at the big box store near me) cost $2.70 per box. Each of the boxes contain 100ct lights and are about 23ft long. LED on the other hand are about $7.00 a box. Each box contains 50ct lights and are 13ft long. So for every string of Incad. lights that I replace with LED will cost me about $14.00. Thats an $11.30 difference per single color string. So to replace my 40k lights with LED would cost $5,600 where incad would cost $1,080. Thats a difference of $4,520. Aside from an electrical panel upgrade, It would take a lot of years to recoupe the difference in price for an actual savings by going led. And to be honest I don,t think that the strings would last long enough to actually recoupe the initial investment cost.

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Also LED lights have just as many issues as incans. They are not trouble free. They do go out. They are much more difficult to trouble shoot unless you have an LED keeper.

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