In my Spend Money to Save Money post I mentioned Noma LED Christmas lights as a way to save money. I went and bought 8 strings of their “clear” 70 light sets, 3 with the medium sized bulbs and 5 with the little bulbs. I’ve been rather impressed with them so far. The medium sized bulbs are outside and appear to be pretty good. They have that bluish glow to them which has grown on me. They aren’t quite as brilliant as a regular incandescent white light but they do have a certain amount of dazzle if you view the bulb from the right angle.
I put 5 strings of the smaller bulb Noma LED Christmas lights on our Christmas tree inside. Again, same bluish glow for the most part. One string has a slightly different hue though. It looks like it’s closer to being clear than the other strings. Not a huge deal but it would be nice if they all had the same bluish hue to them.
Anyways, I’ve been impressed so far. It takes a little bit to get used to the light they produce but as I mentioned, if you get the light pointed the right direction, they are really quite bright.
I’m planning on buying more next year for decorating outside. The best part is the ones we bought for inside are actually indoor/outdoor lights so if we decide to do something different inside next year, I’ll just move them outside somewhere else.
Now this is pretty cool. I happened to stumble across this site due to a Google Adsense Program link on my own site.
SolarSanta.com by MRLIGHT has a number of solar powered LED christmas light sets. Pretty neat idea for putting lights where you don’t have an outlet. The only downside is the cost but I guess, if you have to buy a super long extension cord in addition to your normal LED lights, the cost might come out much closer.
Seems sort of backwards at times but right now it makes sense to spend money to save money. How? Currently in Ontario, Hydro One Networks is sending out coupons on a bunch of electricity saving items. The offer is in conjunction with Canadian Tire and can save you up to $30 off the initial cost of a number of energy saving items.
Spend money to save money. It really does seem strange but once you look at something like LED Christmas lights, it very quickly makes sense. A string of 70 Noma LED lights runs between $12.99 and $19.99 right now (depends on the colour of the LED) but the cost of running them is almost $0. According to the information on the box, 600 LED lights will cost only $0.45 to run for a typical Christmas season (at $0.12/kwh). The C7 incandescents can run up to $35 for the same number of lights and the same period.
Considering the LEDs are supposed to last up to 200,000 hours, that’s a whole lot of money you can save. Spend money to save money is really starting to make sense now.
Update: If you bought 3 packs (or more) of Noma LED Christmas lights (with 70 lights) between Novemebr 7 and November 23, you may be eligible to get a $10 gift card from Canadian Tire. Check out this mail in rebate coupon for more information.