It is the time of year when we use strings of decorative lights to add a little sparkle to our lives. Christmas lights make my house more festive and cheerful. The new LED lights make the season a little easier on the electric bill than older designs. I do not want you to trash the old ones and run out to buy new lights. That is false economy. But, if you need to replace an old string or if you just need more lights, please do give LED lights a try.
Three reasons to buy LED decorative lights.
- They use the least amount of electricity per lamp
- They last longer that anything else
- They operate cooler so they are a low fire risk
While I drive to work in the predawn darkness, I am amazed at the number of homes along the way that have outdoor Christmas lights blazing. I sure enjoy their cheerful glitter and glow. I hope that they are all on timers. If they have been left on all night just for my early morning pleasure, it costs somebody more than it should.
A simple appliance timer can be set to control the lights.
- On just before dark
- Off during sleep hours
- On at 6 am for me to enjoy on my early morning commute to work
- Off at sunrise
If you use an appliance timer for outdoor lights, make sure it has a three wire grounded plug and that it is made for outdoor use.
Appliance timers take the work out of all that switching on and off. They save you money by switching the lights off even when you forget.
Mine works like a reverse alarm clock. At night when the lights click off I know it is time to shut down the computer and go to bed.
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