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How Are You Lighting Your Holiday Decorations, White Plains?

The Rockefeller Christmas Tree, this year from Ulster County in New York, started using LED lights in 2007.
The Rockefeller Christmas Tree, this year from Ulster County in New York, started using LED lights in 2007. Photo Credit: Facebook

When the flip was switched at Rockefeller Center on Dec. 2, 45,000 LED lights illuminated the 78-foot Christmas tree set up the hub of Manhattan, statista.com reports.

LED lights were introduced to New York City’s tree in 2007 and are powered by 300 solar panels installed on the roof of One Rockefeller Center. The tree now saves enough energy to power a 2,000-square-foot single-family home for a month, thrillist.com says.

Families are in the midst of putting the finishing touches on their Christmas trees and decorations. But many of them will still be using old incandescent light bulbs, says statista.com.

LEDs use up to 75 percent less energy than their incandescent counterparts and last up to 25 times longer. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, an LED light string is so tough that an American family could still be using the same set 40 years from now.

Buying and operating incandescent C-9 lights for 10 holiday seasons would cost an estimated $122.19 compared with just $17.99 for a string of LED C-9 lights, statista.com says.

LED lights are dropping in price but are more expensive than incandescent lights. Their energy efficiency and longevity can make them a better deal in the long run, though. A 2015 study by Alpharetta-based Christmas Lights Etc. found that 57 percent of consumers prefer LED Christmas lights, indicating that consumers are willing to pay a little more upfront for the advanced technology and long-term benefits, thrillist.com says.

For more information on LED lights, see statista.com and thrillist.com .

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