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Make The Switch

Blog by Patricia Houlihan - Personal Real Estate Corporation | July 17th, 2013

Now that Halloween is over and the winter season is just around the corner, many Vancouverites are getting a head start on their Christmas preparations. In most Vancouver neighborhoods, Christmas light decorating is an annual tradition. Countless hours are spent hanging and unwinding hundreds of lights; all for the intention of being the most festive house on the block. But how about making a different impact this season? Impress your neighbors with a greener option this Christmas, and make the switch to LED holiday lights.


LED (light-emitting diode) lights continue to gain popularity with consumers. However, despite their substantial energy savings, some homeowners still prefer conventional incandescent Christmas lights. For those not so bright on the idea of LEDs, consider this:


LED technology is substantially energy efficient in comparison to their incandescent counterparts. A typical 70-count strand of LED holiday lights uses 4.8 watts, while a 50-count strand of standard lights uses 20.4 watts, a power consumption difference of 24%.


Not only are LED lights competitively priced with standard mini lights, they last up to 10 times longer. Unlike conventional lights, LEDs don’t have filaments or glass blubs that emit heat. As a result, they reduce the risk of fire to your home. 


From a Vancouver REALTOR, who also cares about our environment, let's make this holiday environmentally friendly. Most of us are probably wishing for a white Christmas this season, but let’s make it a “green” one by decorating our homes with LED energy efficient lighting. It will be sure to make an impression on your neighborhood block as well as your hydro bill!


For information recycling your old Christmas lights, contact the BC Recycling Council at 1-800-667-4321 or 604 RECYCLE.