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In the last decade, a new style of Christmas light emerged – the LED light bulb. When LED Christmas lights were first sold years ago, they had a range of quality (from crappy to not very good). Depending on who manufactured them the lights were noticeably less brilliant (dimmer) than incandescent Christmas bulbs, and had the colors varied that most consumers tell us, they don't want LED (mostly because of what they looked like years ago).
But, how do LED Christmas lights compare to incandescent Christmas lights today? After nearly a decade of improvements in LED technology and manufacturing, LED Christmas lights have surpassed incandescents and have become the new standard of performance. Because technology has advanced, the average consumer can't even tell the difference between LED or incandescent. We now encourage customers to choose LED, where in the past we have highly discouraged them.
Christmas light planning is critical to a hassle free season. We want you to avoid the frustration of another call stating the lights aren't working. We use only the highest quality products in the industry.
We think its important to avoid questions like: "Why do I keep tripping my circuit breaker and blowing fuses?" For a stress-free season we'll walk you through the easy calculations for power consumption and answer common questions related to electrical needs like:
How many watts and amps do Christmas lights use?
How many Christmas lights can I run off a single outlet or circuit?
How much power "money" can I save with LED lights?
The example house on the left needs 265 ft. of lights. The homeowner could go with LED or incandescent lights. Either option would look great, but what the homeowner may not realize is that the electrical needs for each are vastly different and require different plans.
If the homeowner chooses LED lights they could string all 265 ft. together, end to end and plug them all into a single plug...but the LEDs are more expensive. If the homeowner chooses less expensive incandescent bulbs they'd have to run six separate strings that each use separate outlet plugs. And, it's highly likely the homeowner would have to make sure they were using two different house circuits to handle the capacity. (taking more time and effort to install... costing more in labor)
Either option would look fantastic but the LED option is 38 watts whereas the incandescent option is 1,925 watts.
Both options can be easily planned for, but the incandescent option requires more understanding of what your home can handle as well as what your strings can handle.
C9 and C7 bulbs are very popular choices for roof lines, but planning between LED and incandescent can be extremely different. If you need 300 ft. of C9 lights to cover all the roof lines of your home with traditional 12 inch spacing between each bulb, you're looking at 300 bulbs. Incandescent bulbs will look incredible, but will take 2,100 watts to power. LED bulbs will also look impressive, but will only require 29 watts. The wattage difference is extreme!
Both LED and incandescent lights in this example have 25 bulbs per string, which is very common. With incandescent, only 2 strings can be connected end-to-end, which means you'll need 6 different plug outlets. With the LED option, up to 87 strings can be connected together, which means the 12 you need for this project can be connected end-to-end and then plugged into a single outlet.
Tip: Because the incandescent option requires 2,100 watts, which is more than most household circuits can handle, we will need to separate your light runs onto different household circuits. This is not difficult, but it requires you to know which plugs in your house to use...otherwise you'll be running to the circuit breaker box often to flip blown fuses. The other planning consideration with this scenario is that you can only run 2 incandescent strings end-to-end. This means we have a maximum of 50 ft. to work with before you have to switch to a different plug outlet with a new run of your lights. Often times this method involves the use of extension cords or carefully planning various rooms in your house that have access to roof lines.
Why even consider incandescent? Granted, they're more difficult to properly plan for, but incandescent Christmas lights tend to be less expensive than LEDs, so if initial cost is a critical planning aspect for your project, incandescent may be a good option. Also, many people like the look of incandescent bulbs because of the unique light halo they produce. If we told you we can do produce the same look with LED, wouldn't that be awesome!?!
It is important to note that many options exist for C9 and C7 Christmas lights. Some people purchase "prelamped" light sets where the bulbs are hardwired into the socket, which means you cannot replace them. This is usually the least expensive option.
We like the freedom to customize our bulbs or replace bulbs that go bad, so we buy stringers and bulbs separately. This option is more expensive than what you can find in the stores, but we purchase in such large volumes and can get brigher lights, and we know they will last forever, we feel there is no other choice.
Lastly the biggest difference is with Retrofit bulbs we can customize the set to your house, leaving no shortage or overage of lights hanging off your roof. You're paying for a professional, don't you want it to look professional?
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