Holiday Lights: Be Safe. Be Efficient. Go LED.

If all decorative light strings sold in America this year were ENERGY STAR qualified, we would save over 700 million kWh of electricity per year and reduce greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from about 100,000 cars! Many ENERGY STAR qualified decorative light strings feature LED technology. What is an LED?

  • Light emitting diodes, or LEDs, are small light sources that are illuminated by the movement of electrons through a semiconductor material.
  • LEDs are exceptionally energy efficient when producing individual colors, many using up to 90% less energy than an incandescent bulb to produce the same amount of light.
  • For example, the amount of electricity consumed by just one 7-watt incandescent bulb could power 140 LEDs — enough to light two 24-foot (7.3-meter) strings.

Watch this short video with Kermit, Bunsen and Beaker to learn about holiday light safety.