Decorating the tree – my review of LED Christmas Lights

My children are very pleased as we have put up our Christmas tree earlier than usual this year as I have received some free LED Hut Christmas Lights to review.  There was also a free pack of sweets included.  LED Hut are the UK’s no.1 online retailer for LED lighting products.  Normally we wait until after son1’s birthday before we do our Christmas decorations.  But we didn’t have time to do it all before bedtime today. We’ve done the tree and lights so far.  The children will add the decorations tomorrow after school.

LED Hut Christmas Lights

LED Hut Christmas Lights

These lights are a lot more advanced than our old traditional set.  They have a button with 9 different options for the lighting effects.  Son1 had fun trying out the different settings.  It also says on the box that these lights can be used indoors or outside.  We’ve never had outdoor lights, so that might be something to try too, although they won’t be coming off the tree until after Christmas now.  It is a 10m string with red, green, blue and orange lights.

Putting up the tree

Putting up the tree

The LED Hut LED Guide has lots of facts.  LED lights are much more efficient than traditional incandescent lighting, so you can save upto 90% on your lighting bills.  They also last for 50,000 hours which is 50 times longer than standard bulbs.  That’s about 20 years if you used them for 6 hours a day.  If LEDs reach their full potential, they could almost single-handedly eliminate lighting as a major source of global emissions. 20% of the world’s energy use is from lighting and this could be reduced to 4% with LED lighting.

It is a great idea for our household to use LED Christmas lights, as we tend to have the tree lights switched on for about 14 hours each day, so we should make a considerable saving on our electricity bill by swapping to LED lights. And as LEDs are filament-free, they won’t burn out or blow – making searching for that rogue broken bulb in a tangle of cables a thing of Christmas past!  This was a real pain last year, and in the end it turned out to be a controller bulb for which we had already used the spare.  I couldn’t find any retailers selling spare bulbs, so we ended up with the green lights permanently on instead of flashing.

We have decided to implement a gradual swap over of our halogen spotlights next.  We have lots of spotlights in the kitchen, hall and bathrooms, which the children tend to leave on after they have left the room.  Each time a bulb blows, we are going to replace it with an LED light.

Disclosure.  This post is a review of products I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

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