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How to avoid the extra costs of Christmas lights

Whilst it just isn’t Christmas without a sparkling tree, in the current economic climate which we live in it’s no surprise that many homeowners this year may become worried about the additional costs of the festivities, specifically their electricity bills from any elaborate light decorations they may have both indoors and outdoors.

However, for those who are looking to impress with an extravagant display like the Richards family, then ridiculously expensive bills are to be expected, as they recently broke the Guinness World Record for the most lights contained on a residential property by decorating their home in Canberra with over 500,000 lights. Featuring multi-coloured canopies and figurines all animated and synchronised to Christmassy music, it’s estimated that the attempt will be costing them an extra $2,000 a month in electricity bills.

However, according to the Energy Saving Trust a Christmas light display can add as much as £100 to the average home’s energy bills throughout December, regardless of their supplier. Rather than switch companies in time for the New Year however,  it’s recommended by most energy saving experts that those keen on decorating use LED fairy lights, which are not only safer to use, but are also more energy efficient and can last up to 100,000 hours. Although often with a slightly higher price tag, the money saved in lighting bills means the lights pay for themselves within two years. In the short term however they are a definite solution to reducing the environmental impact of the festive season, giving you peace of mind concerning the costs of your Christmas decorations.

It also leads to some significant savings, where according to The Guardian, a set of 200 LED light bulbs costs roughly 20 pence a day to run when placed in a home on a tree or otherwise, totalling £6.20 in costs over the month of December. When compared to the costs of doing the same with traditional lights, this amounts to £2.40 a day, adding up to £75 during the month. LED fairy lights can therefore provide savings of up to 90 per cent, giving you extra money to spend on presents, nights out or food for your family.

Offered in a variety of colours, shapes and sizes, LED light bulbs are an ideal choice therefore this year for keeping homes bright, especially outdoors. This is because they are diodes rather than filament bulbs, and as such they are less likely to break as well as providing a colour which is more intense and able to withstand the harshest of British winters. Upgrading to the bulbs is also made easier by the fact that many LEDs on the market are the same size and shape as conventional halogen bulbs, making them easily to replace and therefore an ideal investment.

Make the switch with SND this year by browsing our extensive range of LED lighting, including bulbs for both domestic and commercial use which will illuminate your homes whilst leading to lower electricity bills.