LED or Incandescent: The Holiday Light Debate

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With Thanksgiving behind us, many are now looking forward to the next holiday.

Holiday lights are now going up all over, and for those homes Lincoln Energy System said bills go up because of lights. But very little compared to during the summer when people run their air conditioning.

But there are light options, incandescent and LED. When it comes to energy cost, only one has the advantage.

"LED is the way to go if they're worried about the energy and savings on that. The investment that you're paying up front will pay for itself in the end,: said Alan Kulhanek from Westlake Ace Hardware.

Kulhanek said LED lights do cost about 30 to 40 percent more than buying traditional incandescent bulbs.

Another concern with lights- they can be a fire hazard if you connect too many strings or put the hot lights near flammable materials.

Kulhanek said between LED and incandescent lights, LED tend to be a safer choice.

"Where there's lower heat, less power being used, we tend to not overdo it as much as we would trying to put one more string on a regular bulb," he said.

He said because of reduced heat and the ability to connect to more, LED lights protect better from fire hazards.


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