LED lights, for the
holidays and beyond
Feels like three
times the heat …
costs a third less to
operate than ordinary
THE HOLIDAY SEASON is just around the
corner, and decorative lights will soon give us
visual evidence that yuletide celebrations are
in full swing.
Light-emitting diode (LED) stringers are
an energy-efficient way to join this part of the
holiday celebrations. Costco buyer Kris Cramer
says that LED holiday lights consume 75 percent less energy than their incandescent counterparts. According to General Electric, the
potential annual energy savings of a complete
market shift from incandescent lights to LED
holiday lights would be equal to the annual
electricity consumption of almost 500,000
households. But energy conservation is not the
only reason to decorate with LED stringers.
LED holiday lights last up to 10 times
longer than incandescent holiday lights, Kris
says. And they generate much less heat, making them safer. One benefit is that, if one bulb
is damaged, the rest of the string stays lit.
First used in the United States as a component of electronic equipment in the early
1960s, LED technology has been in the spot-
light recently, with manufacturers rapidly moving toward making LED bulbs a viable
alternative for the consumer market in
Because LED light bulbs are reported to
be six times as efficient as traditional incandescent bulbs and twice as efficient as compact fluorescent bulbs, their use is becoming
more common. However, the cost of these
bulbs is still a barrier. An outdoor LED spotlight, for instance, runs about $100, while an
incandescent spotlight costs only $7.
“It’s obvious that LED is the wave of the
lighting future,” says Lester Cox, Costco hardware buyer. “We are testing several LED bulbs
and working with suppliers, hoping to see the
cost come down as the bulbs improve.”
• Focuses heat where it’s needed
• Keeps you toasty warm so there is
no need to heat the entire room.
• Costs a third less to operate than
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The Costco Connection
Costco members can find standard LEDs,
holiday LED stringers as well as holiday trees
pre-trimmed with LED at Costco locations.
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