It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
Decorating your home in the spirit of the holiday season now includes so many options that could offer an affordable upgrade to save money in the long run and prevent fires caused by old Christmas lights.
Of course, nothing will lift anyone’s spirits more than, well, lights.
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Whether they’re strung along your Christmas tree or lighting up your front porch and walkway, Christmas lights are guaranteed to make even the Grinchiest of Scrooges feel radiant.
It is very important to me that we keep the red and green Christmas storage bins neatly placed to sort out Christmas decorations, especially lights that can get tangled up.
Adding to safety and lowering our energy bill, I converted most of our lights to smart LED bulbs and installed smart plugs in each one to turn them off and on automatically when we go to bed.
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This was the first year where literally every Christmas tree light worked without needing to find burnt out bulbs or throwing the entire string away in frustration.
What saved my lights were these inexpensive Christmas light and cord organizers they come in a pack of 4. I have a total of 12 that are worth every penny.
While most of us just pull our tried-and-true Christmas lights out of storage each year, some people like to keep up and invest in smart Christmas lights.
What are smart Christmas lights?
Smart Christmas lights are app-controlled LED lights, and depending on the model, they can change color or even do special effects, like a timed light show.
Of course, smart bulbs aren’t just used for Christmas decorations, as many people invest in them simply for their home lighting. More reviews and recommendations for home lighting by searching ‘smart bulbs’ on CyberGuy.com
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There is no doubt that smart Christmas lights are sure to be more visually impressive.
The thought of swapping out your old incandescent string lights for smart color-changing lights seems very tempting.
But before you throw away the Christmas lights you’ve been using, you might want to examine the differences and see if it’s right for you.
- Classic incandescent lights can sell for less than $10
- They come in fairly long strands.
- High-quality LED smart lights usually cost closer to $150
- Some of the strings are on the shorter side, so you may need to buy more boxes than you would with classic lights.
- Incandescent lights tend to convert only one twentieth of the energy they use into visible light, using more than 90% of the energy as heat.
- Smart lights tend to use up to 75% less energy and last nearly 25 times longer
- Incandescent lights use heat to produce lights.
- As a result, the bulbs will get hot, causing children to reach a problem reaching the bulbs from the trees.
- Although the risk is low, heat-inducing lights present a risk of a fire along with flammable objects.
- LED lights are not generated by heat and will not burn small children’s hands.
Are smart Christmas lights worth it?
With all this in mind, is it worth shelling out hundreds of dollars to dazzle your guests and neighbors with smart Christmas lights this holiday season?
Quite possibly, yes.
It goes without saying that no one should break the bank for home decor, no matter the occasion.
But on closer look, it becomes clear that what might start out as a sizeable investment will end up saving you money in the end if done right.
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Good smart lights will end up lowering your electric bill, last you for years, eliminate the need for replacement, and pose less of a safety hazard.
Another thing to consider, since smart lights often come in colors not traditionally associated with the holiday season, they might also be easier to use year-round.
In the end, making you quite “happy” throughout the year.
If you choose to go for incandescent lights or smart LED lights to decorate your home or Christmas tree, here are some recommendations from highly-rated experts:
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Recommended incandescent lights
- Price: $21.99
- Available in multicolor or classic white.
- 300 bulbs a strand
- Good for indoor or outdoor use.
- Special color change function.
- Price: $11.99 (at time of publication)
- Indoor or outdoor use
- 25 bulbs per strand
Recommended Smart LED Lights
- Price $267.99 (at the time of publication)
- indoor and outdoor
- Color change
- controlled application
- Easy Wi-Fi or Bluetooth setup
- Preset effects and animations available in the app
- Price: $99.99 (at the time of publication)
- outdoor use
- Color change
- 47 scene modes
- Controlled by app, Alexa or Google Assistant
- Able to sync with music
- Price: $37.99 (at the time of publication)
- outdoor use
- Color change
- bluetooth connected
- App and remote control
- Timer presets available
More holiday gift ideas and reviews can be found by searching for ‘gifts’ on CyberGuy.com.
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