Brighten your holidays with colorful energy efficient lights

LED holiday lights are a festive addition to any room

Now that it’s officially the holiday season, it’s time to pull out that holiday stuff that’s been tucked away all year. Before diving too deeply into decorations, you might want to update and replace those strings of incandescent lights you’ve been using.

This year, there are new and exciting options to consider – LED’s and solar lights.

There are plenty of reasons to do use LED’s (light-emitting diodes). Traditional light bulbs use up to 90 percent more energy than LED’s. Energy Star testing has shown that a string of 140 LED holiday lights uses the same amount of electricity as a single 7-watt light bulb.

LED lighting can help save up to 90 percent on your electric bill this holiday season

EnvironmentalLights.com in San Diego offers hundreds of top quality, programmable LED lights for the holidays. Among the energy-efficient lighting products they provide for residential and commercial use, they feature traditional and new unexpected colors (like pink and purple) and a variety of styles to suit your creative vision this holiday season.

Looking through their online catalog, I was struck by the beauty and elegance of their holiday lighting. What I also noticed was that the color of the wiring on their strings of lights really set off the bright colors.

“The white wire makes the lights appear brighter,” said Stacy Brown, EnvironmentalLights’ Marketing Director. For bushes, she said, you want the wire to be dark – either green or black.

What’s really exciting about these lights is not only the number of choices but the options their power supply gives you.

“When you link incandescent strings,” Brown said, “you can only do two or three before you max out your outlet. With (our) power supply, you can literally run up to 20 strings on one outlet!”

Lest you want to go wild and do more, you’ll need to keep the total wattage for linked holiday light strings under 216 watts.

If you were using incandescents, you’d only be able to link up to two or three strings.  With LED’s, that could be around 40!

It’s easy to calculate as you go. Simply divide 216 watts by the watts per string you’re using to get the maximum number of strings you can link together. EnvironmentalLights has all that information on their website.

Another benefit of switching to LED lights this year is that if one light goes out, the rest will still stay lit.

“I can’t even count the number of strands we have thrown out over the years because of a single burned-out light,” said Andrew Schrage of MoneyCrashers.com. “(LED) lights have really paid off in time, frustration, and money,” he said.

This year, EnvironmentalLights has two new holiday lighting options.

Their Versaline lights, which include icicles, strings, net lights and crab lights, let the creative lighting visionary in you shine. Using their power supplies, splitters and/or connectors, Brown says you can create amazing displays safely. Their controllers let you create incredible effects, including waterfall-like lighting.

Country singer Alan Jackson recently did a big installation of Versaline lights at his home.

Solar Christmas lights can really light things up - even your Christmas tree!

EnvironmentalLight’s other new product line is Solar holiday lights.

A higher quality solar light, Brown says they’ll be a little dimmer than other holiday lights based on the power of the sun. But, she adds, they’re perfect for decorating areas where there’s no power supply nearby.

Unlike other holiday lights, these solar lights aren’t linkable, so you’ll need separate solar panels for each set. But with their 10-foot lead wire, you could get creative where you place the panels, And with their 20-foot extension chords, you could even solarize your Christmas tree this year!

EnvironmentalLights carries all sorts of programmable energy-efficient lighting, including dimmers, under counter lighting and LED strips that can be used for stage design and dance floors. To find out more or to place a holiday lighting order, phone them at 888 880-1880 or go to their website at www.EnvironmentalLights.com.

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