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Saving Money on Christmas Lights

December 6, 2006

Save Energy With LED Christmas LightsIt may be time to retire some of the large incandescent Christmas lights you have been bringing out every year. You can save a bundle on your power bill by switching to LED Christmas lights. Here's a comparison of the new LED lights compared to small and large incandescent bulbs.

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# of Lights Type of Light Energy Usage of Bulb 225 Hours*
(5 hours per day for 45 days)
Average Operating Cost*
300 New LED Lights 0.043 watts 2.9 kW/h $ .47
300 Mini Incandescent 0.45 watts 30.38 kW/h $ 4.92
300 Large Incandescent 7.00 watts 472.5 kW/h $ 76.55
* Calculated using the average residential rate effective
September 1, 2006.

Source: Pacific Gas and Electric Company

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November 25, 2011

I would like any input or experiences on whether these lights (Solar Christmas Lights for Patio Railing and Decor) are worth buying and if they are bright enough to see at night.

http://www.outdoorsolarstore.com/solar-powered-Christmas-lights.aspx

Thank you and blessings.

By Robyn Fed from Tri-Cities, TN

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November 25, 20110 found this helpful
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They can be seen at night, however, how well will depend on the amount of daylight they receive. I put my first ones up yesterday and they were nice and bright, until I went to bed about 10:30-11:00 PM. From what I have read they are supposed to run for about 8 hours, however, I am sure that will depend on the amount of actual sunlight that they receive. I had the solar panels laying inside my patio door for a few days and they don't receive a lot of light, depending on the weather.

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I put they out about noon yesterday and they came on about 5:30PM and showed up real well. I live in an apartment, so I don't know how far away they could be seen, but I was satisfied seeing them through my patio door. The reason I spent the money on them is because I don't have an outside outlet, so can't use the electric ones.

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September 29, 2007

Anyone know where I can buy the indoor mini lights online for a cheap price. I need them for the glass blocks I am making and need quite a few strings.


Also for 8x8x4..would you suggest 35 lights or 50?

Carrie from Canada

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By denise w (Guest Post)
October 1, 20070 found this helpful

I would check with local dollar store or if you don't have one of them check with Walmart or Kmart you should get them for around a dollar.

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By Tami (Guest Post)
October 2, 20070 found this helpful

Check the Dollar stores for lights...and use the 20 light strands otherwise the glass blocks get too hot.

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October 4, 20070 found this helpful

Definitely the $store, they sell the very small strings of lights, never seen the 20's in walmart or kmart. 35 may be okay as far as number goes, but even if you could get 50 in the block, there'd be too many for appearance and the heat factor.

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October 4, 20070 found this helpful

Definitely the $store, they sell the very small strings of lights, never seen the 20's in walmart or kmart. 35 may be okay as far as number goes, but even if you could get 50 in the block, there'd be too many for appearance and the heat factor.

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By Sandy (Guest Post)
October 7, 20070 found this helpful

Carrie, i have read many posts from you asking how to do the glass block decorations. I just wanted to let you know that around here they don't sell very well. I did a craft show a few weeks ago and the lady next to me had a whole table full of them, and at the end she had only sold one block. Just a thought, if you are making them to sell.

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By carrie (Guest Post)
October 7, 20070 found this helpful

Thanks sandy...but I actually sold 10 this week!
I am in Canada, where are you located?

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October 7, 20070 found this helpful

Thanks Sandy. I actually sold 10 of them this week.
I am in Canada, not sure where you are?
I also found lights at Canadian Tire in all colors with no connector plug which are perfect.

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By Bonnie (Guest Post)
February 12, 20090 found this helpful

Carrie, I use 50 bulbs on mine. Looking on line too. Can't seem to beat Best Lots Store price of 1.99. Then after Christmas for 50 % off is even better!

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December 1, 2008

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