In case you missed it being advertised, there is a Canadian Tire Christmas LED Light promotion on now. On top of getting up to 50% off of various multi-coloured Noma LED light sets, you can also make use of the $2 off coupon from the Ontario Power Authority. The Every Kilowatt Counts program sent coupons out to all homes in Ontario a number of weeks ago. Don’t worry if you can’t find your coupons for the LED Christmas lights though. Canadian Tire usually has a bunch of them in store. You may have to ask the right person but when I bought my lights today, I just had to ask the cashier about it. Even then, I think she already applied the discount before I even asked for it. :)
For a set of 70 Noma LED Christmas lights, it cost $5.40 after tax and after the rebate was applied. That’s a savings of about $9.40 per set of lights!
Don’t wait too long though! The Canadian Tire Christmas LED Light promotion is only on until November 23, 2007. Also, don’t forget that the Every Kilowatt Counts coupons are only good until November 30, 2007.
I was flipping through the Canadian Tire advertising flyer this weekend and I noticed a number of solar powered LED Christmas light options. For example, here is a 200 light solar outdoor LED light kit. At first glance, it looks like the prices are a little steep for what you get. The Multi-coloured set (linked above) is $60 for 200 lights for a total length of 86 feet (two 43 foot strands).
I poked around on the Canadian Tire website just now and found the Noma 100 LED light set for $25. This strand is about 33 feet long. Two strands would be $50 and about 66 feet in total. It would seem that the lights are spaced out more on the solar LED light kits.
For only $10 more, you do get solar powered lights. Now, at the minimal cost of running LED lights, you’d probably never pay off the $10 difference in electricity consumption alone. Just think of the decorating possibilities though! You don’t need an extension cord to reach your trees outside that you want to put lights on. That’s a good savings of $10-$15 right there so maybe it is worth it to buy the Noma outdoor solar LED lights.
The biggest question I have is in the middle of December, how much daylight do you need to charge the batteries? It would really suck to get these and find out that a typical Canadian winter day doesn’t have enough daylight to charge the batteries. I’d hope to get 6 hours out of a charge too. With the sun going down around 4:30PM these days It would be nice to have the lights stay on until around 10PM.
Well, I likely won’t be buying any of these solar LED lights but at the rate my blue spruce has been growing this summer, I’ll be buying a couple more sets of the “regular” Noma LED Christmas lights for outside.
Since I had a comment on one of my older posts about the Noma LED Christmas lights outside, I figured I’d post a couple pictures of my tree from this past Christmas. They aren’t great pictures but they should give a bit of a reference.
The first one is my tree outside. It’s roughly 14 feet tall and I put 5 strings of 70 multicolor Noma LED lights on it.
Our blue spruce with Noma Multi-colour LED Christmas lights
The second one is of our little tree we had in the house this year. It was only about 6 feet tall and we put 3 strings of lights on it.
Noma "white" LED Christmas lights on our indoor Christmas tree
The part I like the most about the LED Christmas lights is how little electricity they use. I had all of those lights on (plus some more not in the pictures) for 8+ hours a day for almost a month. The total electricity used is probably less than what I’ve consumed on my laptop just putting together this post. Fantastic.
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.