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Why Choose LED Christmas Lights over Traditional Fairy Lights?

Here at UK Christmas World we sell both LED lights and traditional incandescent Lights but LED’s are becoming an ever more popular option, so we thought we would share with you a few reasons why.

There are so many benefits to be gained from using LED lights, they can save you money when buying your decorations this year, as well as being safer, and kinder to the environment too.

What are LED’s?

Also known as Light Emitting Diodes, LED’s are used in many electrical items from Christmas lights to television screens and LED clocks to mobile phones. A diode is an electrical component that conducts electricity in one direction. As this current is passed through, the diode emits a bright light around a small bulb. LEDs can produce a whole spectrum of colours and shine brightly using very little energy to do so. 

Comparison of LED’s and Incandescent Light Bulbs

LED Bulbs

Incandescent Bulbs

Life Span: 50,000 hours

Life Span: 1,200 hours

Watts of electricity used: 6-8

Watts of electricity used: 60

Carbon Dioxide Emissions: 451lb/year

Carbon Dioxide Emissions: 4500lb/year

Sensitivity to low temperatures: No

Sensitivity to low temperatures: Yes

Sensitivity to humidity: No

Sensitivity to humidity: Yes

Cost of 5 Bulbs: £34.92

Cost of 5 Bulbs: £9.95

Annual Energy Cost: £4.77

Annual Energy Cost: £95.37


Although LED bulbs are more expensive to buy in the first place, over time they work out cheaper as they have lower electricity costs.

Another reason why LED’s are the preferred bulb for Christmas decorations is that they do not get hot like their traditional incandescent alternative, so they are much safer to have in the home, you don’t need to worry about keeping them away from other materials or objects etc. They can be left on for hours on end with virtually no heat produced and cool to touch. This also means there is less chance of a fire hazard or danger to children, as they are less likely to get burned when touching them when looking at the tree, for example.


LED lights are made from non-toxic materials, are recyclable and are considered eco-friendly, whereas incandescent lights use mercury in their composition which may pose danger to the environment.

There are a tonne of reasons why LED Christmas lights may be seen as a favourite nowadays, it’s clear why people much prefer them. Don’t forget to check out our vast range of LED lights on offer here at UK Christmas World, including solar, battery and mains powered lights, for all needs, tastes and budgets. 

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