Fortunately progress has been made, manufacturers are making them more like the traditional lights we've been used to over the years and prices are coming down.
The New LED Christmas Lights
There were lots of pros and cons to switching to LED Christmas lights, but the "cons" are being addressed and in a few years will no longer be an issue.
- The LED light is more costly than the standard incandescent mini-light, but it lasts longer.
- Numerous strands can be strung together, a big plus when outlets are not plentiful or when one uses hundreds of lights.
- The LED light uses 15% of the energy of a standard incandescent mini-light with a brighter light for a greater impact
- It has no glass cover or filament to break.
- The cool bulb is safer than a standard bulb that can get quite warm.
- The small bulb is not necessarily attractive when the lights are turned off.
- LED lights can be quite a bit more expensive than traditional sets.
- Colors are typically too harsh and bright.
As all new things, lots of progress has been made since the initial offerings. The prices are still quite a bit higher, but are coming down. Some manufacturers are offering different options for the coverings, making it look more like a traditional bulb. But best of all there are different whites now available! No longer is the bright pure, read "blue", light the only option available.
Comparing LED Cool Whites vs New Warm Whites
Shown in the picture is a comparison between a GE LED light set (blue color) that is available locally and a set I recently received for product review of the "warm clean" from Christmas Tree for Me.
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