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B.C. a world leader in adoption of holiday LED lights

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Power Smart's push has paid off — have you made the switch?

Changing our holiday lighting may not exactly change the world, but there's no doubt that shifting from traditional incandescent holiday light strings to LED options makes a big difference in conservation.

Seasonal ENERGY STAR® LEDs are the most energy efficient choice possible, as they use up to 90% less energy than your traditional strings.

Over the past few years, homeowners and retailers, institutions and large businesses across the province have made the shift from incandescent to LED holiday lights. Power Smart's push has made B.C. a world leader in the adoption of this energy-efficient option.

That adds up. Consider the conversion done by the Vancouver Park Board on a stand of large trees overlooking English Bay. Shifting to 12,750 LED lights reduced the display's total holiday consumption from 20,400 to just 2,650 kilowatt-hours. That's enough electricity for one and a half B.C. homes for a whole year.

At home, if you replace six strands of incandescent lights with LEDs, and operate them six hours a day for the month of December, you would save $23 in holiday lights. (The LEDs would use just 28 cents in electricity for the whole month!) Plus, LEDs last up to 10 times as long, and have no filaments, so they're harder to break. And since they produce almost no heat, they reduce the risk of fire.

If you want to save electricity on your holiday lighting this year, consider the following:

  • Add a timer to ensure your holiday lights are turned off when you don't need them on.
  • Reduce areas of lighting that aren't needed.
  • If you're using incandescents, consider recycling them at the end of this season. Then get ready for next year by scooping up some savings: buy next year's ENERGY STAR LED light strings when they go on sale after the holidays.
  • If you're already using ENERGY STAR LED light strings, congratulations.You're helping change the world, one energy-efficient bulb at a time.

How to recycle your old holiday lights

You can recycle your old incandescent bulbs (and older LEDs that need replacement) at LightRecycle locations across B.C.

See the full list of accepted products and find a LightRecycle depot near you.