There are many benefits to using LED for your decorative lighting, and it seems that we’ve written about most of them. However, every so often we learn about a new benefit of using LED lights. I recently read an article in the New York Times about LED lighting. The article seemed to include a lot of information about LEDs that had been discussed in several other articles before. However, the NYT article mentioned that LED lighting does not attract insects, which was news to me. This is because LED lights do not product any ultra-violet light. This feature makes LED Christmas lights perfect for outdoor summer decorating.
Selecting a standard white Christmas light used to be simple–there was only one choice: white or clear. With the introduction of LED Christmas lights more choices became available and its become a bit complicated. Now consumers can choose between warm white, pure white, antique white, warm white frosted and many other variations or brands thereof. All of the new shades of white became possible because LED technology allows the manufacturer of the LED to apply different phosphor combinations to create a white light of different color temperatures. The article sited discusses the meaning of color temperature in a bit more detail. This article will attempt to describe and help assist consumers select the best white color for their particular application.
The engineer for the City of Fairbanks, Alaska recently conducted an energy audit and found that the cities’ 2646 street lights cost $535,000 to operate each year. The number was staggering, considering that the communities total electric bill was $880,000. Now the city engineer and other city officials are studying the situation, and trying to determine what can be done to reduce the energy costs.
We frequently help our customers analyze the cost savings that can be achieved by switching to LED lights, but we’ve never written about how to calculate the exact savings one can expect, by replacing their old incandescent Christmas lights with LED lights. The calculations to determine the cost savings are not very complicated, but just make sure you have a calculator handy (Thankfully, our Smart Phones all have one!).