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Comparison of Incandescent Christmas Lights vs. LED Christmas Lights

With all the talk of LED Christmas lights, many consumers have begun to seriously consider switching from the traditional incandescent Christmas lights to LED lights. However, the higher cost of LED lights has become a hurdle consumers have trouble justifying.

Below is a simple table comparing the different features and specifications for these two types of lights:

 Feature

 Incandescent C7/C9 Light Bulbs

LED C7/C9 Light Bulbs

 Incandescent String Lights

 LED String Lights
 Power Consumption (per bulb)  5 or 7 Watts  0.35 Watts  0.48 Watts  ~0.1 Watt
 Bulb Material  Glass  Injection-molded plastic with facets to reflect light  Glass  Injection-molded plastic with facets to reflect light
 Average Rated Life (hours)  3,000  50,000 (15 times longer than incandescent)  2,500  100,000 (39 times more than incandescent)
 Bulb Shape  Traditional oval  Traditional oval  Traditional minilight  C6 (Strawberry), G12 (Raspberry), M6 (Mini-ice), Polka-Dot, Snowflake, Star
 UL listed/CSA-US approved  UL listed  CSA-US approved  UL listed  UL listed
 Average cost (per bulb)  $0.20  $1.60 (7 times more than incandescent)  $0.08  $0.26 (2-1/2 times more than incandescent)

 

 

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