Emerald Green LED Strawberry Lights
Want to save money, energy and the planet, while still lighting up the house for the holidays? Consider strings of light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, which use a fraction of the energy of conventional light bulbs, roughly 90% with a 50,000 hour bulb life. Based on semiconductors, LEDs are also cool to the touch and extremely durable.
Where to get these fabulous LED lights? Many e-stores carry them, or check with your local hardware store. You can also pick them up at most Home Depot, Lowe's, Target and Big Lots locations.
But what to do with your old incandescent Christmas lights, you ask? Recycle them! HolidayLeds.com, makers of the gorgeous green lights to the left, will accept any retired strands for recycling. They'll even send you a 15% coupon for a new purchase, that you can then put towards this flashy emerald string (holidayleds.com, $24.99).
LED Net Lighting
LED Snowfall Tubes
LED Mini Pearl Cone Lights
Help Santa find his way to your house. Deck your eaves, windows and shrubbery with multicolored LED Pearl Lights from 1000bulbs.com ($10.98 each) and Rudolph will have no trouble finding your rooftop this year. Just don't forget the organic milk and cookies!
Icicle String LED Lights
LEDs now come in a plethora of shapes, styles and colors, from icicles (these from EnvironmentalLights.com, $23.00 for 1-2 units) to snowflakes. They're safe and save you money. Now that's a bright idea!
LED Ball String Lights
Deck the halls without fear this year. Sealed LED string lights like these from 1000Bulbs.com produce almost no heat, which presents a greatly reduced risk of fire hazard over traditional incandescent strands. Safe to touch, with minimal risk of electrical fire and no glass to shatter, these lights are perfect for families with young children and wily pets.
Home Depot LED Icicle Light Set
Cast away winter darkness, and illuminate nature's coolest creations, with this great set of icicle LEDs from HomeDepot.com.($39.50). They will be around much longer than the real icicles hanging on your back porch.
Home Depot LED Snowflake Light Set
The elegant snowflake pattern is recognized throughout the world as a symbol of balance, beauty and grace. Hopefully this LED Snowflake Light Set from HomeDepot.com, ($100.58 for a case of 8 sets) will also become a symbol of energy efficiency.
LED Color Changing Bulbs
Add a multicolorful glow to any room with this LED from GreenHome.com. The bulb slowly changes color from red to blue to green — in light of all your holiday moods.
White Raspberry LED Lights
For a glow as smooth as a warm eggnog try holidayleds.com's pure white lights ($24.99).
Multicolor LED Cones
Give yourself a gift this holiday season. LEDs such as these Cone String Lights from 1000Bulbs.com ($15.29) will save you enough money in electricity costs that the lights will pay for themselves in a matter of months. Isn't giving nice?
Wondering about the science? These mulit-colored LED lights, ($18.99) are illuminated solely by the movement of electrons in a semiconductor material. Now that's bright technology!
For an icy look that's super cool try LED Icicles from BettysChristmasHouse.com, ($22.50). Hang indoors and you'll impress your relatives with an energy efficient winter wonderland.
Lowe's Pewter LED Battery Operated Candle
Individual candles, such as this LED, battery-operated number (available at Lowe's, $4.49) look great perched on mantelpieces or frost-covered windowsills. Pair with greenery for a festive motif, or simply illuminate a dark corner. Either way, the LED's realistic flickering flame will bring warmth to any room.
LED Pillar Candles
If you love candlelight, but can't stand soot, smoke and the higher probability of lighting your house on fire, then try LED Pillar Candles from 1000Bulbs.com ($12.44). With electronic wicks that flinch and flicker as if they're truly ablaze, you won't notice your candles are just LEDs powered by rechargeable batteries. You will, however, notice significant energy and money savings.