For as long as they've been sold, Christmas lights have used incandescent bulbs to brighten up evergreen trees and holiday-themed homes. But as energy efficiency continues to gain popularity with Americans and green alternatives to older technologies are found, these heavily power-consuming bulbs look to be on their way out. Production of traditional incandescent bulbs is set to stop after next January, with their more efficient counterparts – light emitting diodes (LEDs) – looking to become the new standard. While federal law actually prevents Christmas light manufacturers from having to replace incandescent models with LEDs, they may be forced to make the switch anyway thanks to some new competition.
While LEDs aren't new to the market, their relatively higher price point has kept them from being a popular and easily accessible substitute. But now dropping prices have helped improve their public image and made them more readily available. According to The Wichita Eagle, the last few years alone have seen the cost of a 60-watt LED bulb fall from $40 to just $10.
With a more affordable price tag and cheaper energy bills to go with them, LED Christmas lights are looking to upstage incandescent bulbs this holiday season – and retailers are taking note.
"We know our customers are gravitating toward them," Debbie Serr, a Wal-Mart spokeswoman, told the source.
Decorating your home this winter with strings of Christmas LEDs is one way to save money and become more energy efficient. Another is to outfit your home's windows with new energy saving window film. R and J Tinting has a variety of specialized, high-quality house window tinting films that can help improve insulation and bring down the cost of your utility bills this winter.