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posted: 12/5/2012 11:00 AM

LED lights v. regular holiday lights

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  • The 80-foot-tall Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is lit using 45,000 energy efficient LED lights in New York.

      The 80-foot-tall Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is lit using 45,000 energy efficient LED lights in New York.
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If you're interested in keeping down your electricity costs this year, you might try LED lights.

LED lights use 90% less energy than traditional lights, which can add up to roughly $50 in energy savings for the average family.

In addition, LED lights last longer and are safer than traditional lights.

LED lights can last up to 100,000 hours, experts say.

You can also string together more LED lights than regular. Experts say you shouldn't connect more than three strands of traditional lights, but you can connect up to 87 LED strings.

LED lights reduce the risk of fire. They stay cooler than incandescent bulbs, according to Energy Star.

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