Incandescent vs. LED

When it comes to getting your Christmas lights installed, it can be challenging to know which products to use. To the invested consumer, exterior illumination is often an extension or representation of themselves. Through carefully selected products it’s possible to create a lightscape that not only satisfies you, but also delights all who see it. Whether it’s a vibrant exhibit of color, or a more quaint display of clear light, it’s essential to make sure you have the best products available.

When deciding between incandescent and LED lights there is a lot to consider. However, the pros and cons surrounding these lights are easily weighed against one another.


The first thing that people consider when purchasing lights is price. Incandescent lights are far more inexpensive, but what client’s fail to consider is how often the incandescent lights will need to be replaced. LED light strands last considerably longer, saving you a lot of money in the long run. LED lights are also more cost effective as they use less electricity. View the chart below to directly compare how incandescent and LED lights differ.

  • Incandescent
  • Average Life Span
  • Watts of electricity used
  • Kilo-watts of electricity used
  • Annual Operating Cost
  • Incandescent
  • 1,200 hours
  • 60 watts
  • 3285 KWh/yr.
  • $328.59/year
  • LED
  • 50,000 hours
  • 6 to 8 watts
  • 329 KWh/yr.
  • $32.85/year

Environmental Impact

These lights also have significantly different impacts on the environment.

  • Incandescent
  • Carbon Dioxide Emissions
  • Incandescent
  • 4500 pounds/year
  • LED
  • 451 pounds/year

Understanding LEDs

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Warm White vs. Cool White LEDs

There is undoubtedly an intrinsic charm that surrounds incandescent lights. When done properly, the dimmed glow of incandescent bulbs create an alluring ambiance that really is a thing to behold. For many people it is this charm that keeps them returning to incandescent lights year after year, and that sense of tradition and warmth is often why LED lights are overlooked. There are several common misconceptions that make client’s reluctant to purchase LED lights.

    1. Misconception #1: LED lights are too bright. While LED lights do shine brighter than incandescent lights, the brightness can be controlled by how many strands you install.
    1. Misconception #2: Clear/White LED lights have a bluish hue to them. White LED lights actually come in two different colors: Warm White and Cool White. Warm White resembles the traditional clear incandescent lights while Cool White lights have that bluish hue that looks modern and a bit icy.
    1. Misconception #3: LED lights are too expensive. While LED lights are more expensive at first, you actually save money because you will pay for less replacement strands and they don’t use as much electricity, reducing your power bill significantly.

These common misunderstandings often prevent people from purchasing the better quality, longer lasting and all around superior bulb. The table below shows how LED bulbs are more durable and last longer than incandescent.

  • Incandescent
  • Sensitivity to low temperatures
  • Sensitive to humidity
  • On/off Cycling
    Switching a CFL on/off quickly may decrease the lifespan of the bulb.
  • Durability
  • Heat Emitted
  • Incandescent
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Not Very Durable – glass or filament can break easily
  • 85 btu’s/hour
  • LED
  • No
  • No
  • No
  • Very Durable – LEDs can handle jarring and bumping
  • 3.4 btu’s/hour

Which Will You Choose?

In the past incandescent lights have been the number one choice when people choose to have their Christmas lights installed. Technological advancements, however, have allowed LED lights to increase the options available to consumers. Both the diversification and development of bulb size and color have allowed LED lights to surpass incandescent. LED lights use a fraction of the power needed to light incandescent bulbs. They are also far more durable and have a greater lifespan. With LED bulbs, there really aren’t any draw backs. So why wait? Try LED lights next time you get christmas lights installed, or your next family get together, party or holiday display and see for yourself!

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Call us today to upgrade your lighting display to LED!

Park City: (435) 615-7996
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