Remember the time when your parents would find the box with all the Christmas lights? The glass bulbs would be broken and your parents would go buy a small brown bag of replacement bulbs? Not the case today with all the new LED lights and all the different colors and things they can do.

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ARE YOU CRUNCHING NUMBERS OR DID YOU BEFORE YOU PURCHASED LIGHTS THIS YEAR?

A 25-foot cord of colored lights will likely cost you between $15 and $25. If you've been to the store lately it's likely you were crunching numbers to see just how much new lights will cost. Then after you get the lights what about the cost of keeping those lights flashing all season?

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DO YOU THINK IT'S NO BIG DEAL IF YOU USE THOSE OLD XMAS LIGHTS?

The team at Mr. Electric, an electrical repair company, https://mrelectric.com/ set out to find just how much we all spend on electricity throughout the season. The company used the "U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), they calculated pricing for typical, heavy, and enthusiastic decorators, estimating that the lights would run for 7 hours/day from the day after Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day."

WHAT DID THE STUDY FIND? LED'S ARE MUCH MORE AFFORDABLE

Incandescent Lights

Typical Usage $17

Heavy Usage $181

Enthusiastic Usage $487

LED Lights

Typical Usage $2

Heavy Usage $24

Enthusiastic Usage $63

The company says if you switch to LED lights, you could save hundreds of dollars each year depending on your usage. By the way Mr. Electric officials say Hawaii spends the most on holiday lights while Washington state spends the least.

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