Manager's Report - December 2017
Merry, Bright and Efficient Holiday Lighting
Decking the halls doesn't have to take a toll on your energy bill. Keep your holiday merry, bright and energy efficient with the following tips.
Why Buy LED?
If possible, invest in LED lights this season. Unlike the first versions to hit the market that was characterized by rather harsh and unattractive colors, the newest generation’s colors are reminiscent of the incandescent lights of yore.
Unlike incandescent lights, whether the large or mini bulb, LEDs will last for many, many years. LEDs have no filaments to burn out. Aside from physically destroying the bulb, the LED is amazingly robust. Given the modest number of hours of operation, you can expect LEDs to last seven or more years.
Then there is the cost of operation benefit from LEDs. A 1,000-bulb strand of miniature, incandescent lights use 408 watts of energy, while a 1,000-bulb strand of LED mini lights consumes 48 watts of energy. You can also cut energy use by investing in timers to turn the lights on and off automatically or a smart plug so you can program and control your lights from your smartphone.
Decking the Halls Safety
Whether indoors or outside, keep these safety tips in mind when installing your holiday lights.
- Have a ground crew to steady your ladder and pass you the decorations—an invaluable part of safety and for keeping you supplied with untangled light strings.
- Keep a safe distance from your overhead electric service.
- Don’t overreach. If you cannot get to a point with your body completely centered between the sides of the ladder, climb down and move it.
- Don’t overextend the ladder. If your ladder is too short, rent or borrow a longer one. A ladder extended beyond its working limits is dangerous as is standing on rungs too close to the top.
- Don’t overload circuits by stringing more light sets together than the manufacturer recommends. Check the packaging for details.
- Check your wires for breaks and cracks in the insulation that can lead to shorts.
Once you have installed your lights, try to leave as much of the outside portion of lights in place year-round. Think of the reduced stress! Simply disconnect them after the holiday and protect the plugs and sockets from dirt and debris. With the longevity of the LEDs, you can enjoy this freedom and practically eliminate the risks associated with high-wire seasonal gymnastics.