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LED Holiday Lights

LED Holiday LightsIt’s that time of year again – to put up your holiday lights! If you are in the market for a new string of lights, now is a good time to consider replacing your incandescent lights with LED lights. According to PG&E, LED lights are up to 90% more efficient, cooler (less risk of fire) and last longer. Plus, if one light goes out, the string still works. If you switch over to LED lights, you can save an average of $50 over the holiday season on your energy bill (so the new lights quickly pay for themselves). Set lights on a timer to save even more!

Benefits of LEDs
• LEDs reduce energy consumption by as much as 90% compared to traditional incandescent bulbs
• LEDs can produce bright light for up to 20 holiday seasons
• LEDs produce almost no heat, reducing fire potential
• Unlike CFLs, LEDs don’t contain mercury

Buy LEDs Locally
Portola Valley Hardware has a large selection of LED holiday lights – center aisle on the right.

Recycle Old Lights
For GreenWaste Recovery customers, holiday lights can be tied into bundles and placed in your recyclables container. The RecycleWorks website also offers great recycling options for old holiday lights, including local drop-off locations and mail-in options:

For Comparison of LED Holiday Lights to Traditional Incandescent Lights
The following chart compares the cost of using LED holiday lights to both mini and large incandescent bulbs, for PG&E residential customers. For residential customers in the higher rate tiers, the cost savings will be even more significant.

# of Lights

Type of Light

Power demand per light (watts)*

Average Energy Usage (kWh)**

Average Operating Costs+


Large Incandescent





Mini Incandescent





New LED Lights




* Based on testing done by PG&E
** Based on annual operation of 225 hours per year (5 hours/day for 45 days)
+ Calculated using average PG&E residential rate as of August 2009, $0.156 kWh

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Last updated: 1/10/2012 11:45:22 AM