Spend Money to Save Money

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.

10 thoughts on “Spend Money to Save Money

  1. Vidman

    I bought Canadian Tire’s 35-light LED Colour Changing Light Set, Red & Blue.
    I had it plugged in, inside, for a full week before they crapped-out.
    They now emit a very useless dim light.

    booo

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  5. Luc

    Bought 3 strings of Noma LED christmas light. Two of the three strings developed a problem after a couple weeks. Both strings only one half the lights work.

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  6. Jeff Ivany Post author

    Luc, if you still have your receipt (and even if you don’t), Noma lights are warrantied for 5 years. I took back a set to Canadian Tire that had some burnt out lights after one seasons and they just gave me another set in exchange. No questions asked. Yeah it’s a pain in the butt to have to go back to the store and exchange it but the product comes with a warranty that says they will replace them if they are defective. I’d say that if they no longer work properly then they are defective.

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  7. jen

    This is an old post but I’d like to respond saying I had the same problem. I bought two sets and they fizzled out as soon as we put them up. We had them replaced and the new ones worked fine. We hardly had them on and the following year they fizzled out after we put them up! I didn’t realize I could take them back after so long and no longer have the receipt or the box. Maybe there is a more reliable brand?

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  8. Jeff Ivany Post author

    Jen, I agree that the quality of the Noma lights seems to suck, especially considering the number of sets I’ve replaced plus hearing about other people with the same problems. As long as Canadian Tire keeps replacing them for free, I’m OK with them.

    The downside of all of this though is where do the bad lights I return end up? I’m hoping that it’s not in a landfill somewhere but then again, what else are they going to do with a bad set of lights?

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  9. Janet

    I purchased 4 sets of regular sized Noma LED outdoor lights at Canadian Tire and half the string stopped working after one year. Canadian Tire refused to take them back without a receipt. I have since switched to the Noma outdoor mini LED lights, and am hoping to have more success with them this year.
    I envision a huge pile in the landfill as you cannot take the bulb out to replace them or let along find a short in the ciruit.

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  10. Jeff Ivany

    @Janet: Just remember to keep your receipt for the new lights! Then if you have problems, you can return them.

    I agree that it sucks how many sets of lights are getting returned and/or trashed because they stop working. LEDs are supposed to be a much longer lasting light. Unfortunately it seems that the Noma lights in the past just haven’t had the quality control to allow them to last the many tens of thousands of hours that they advertise.

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