Saving Money on Christmas Lights

Decorating the house and tree with lights is a beautiful way to spread Christmas cheer. However, putting a strand of lights everywhere you like can really get expensive. This is a guide about saving money on Christmas lights.
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December 6, 2006 Flag

It may be time to retire some of the large incandescent Christmas lights you have been bringing out every year. You can save a bundle on your power bill by switching to LED Christmas lights. Here's a comparison of the new LED lights compared to small and large incandescent bulbs.

# of Lights Type of Light Energy Usage of Bulb 225 Hours*
(5 hours per day for 45 days)
Average Operating Cost*
300 New LED Lights 0.043 watts 2.9 kW/h $ .47
300 Mini Incandescent 0.45 watts 30.38 kW/h $ 4.92
300 Large Incandescent 7.00 watts 472.5 kW/h $ 76.55
* Calculated using the average residential rate effective
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September 1, 2006.

Source: Pacific Gas and Electric Company

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September 29, 2007 Flag

Anyone know where I can buy the indoor mini lights online for a cheap price. I need them for the glass blocks I am making and need quite a few strings.
Also for 8x8x4..would you suggest 35 lights or 50?

Carrie from Canada

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October 1, 20070 found this helpful

I would check with local dollar store or if you don't have one of them check with Walmart or Kmart you should get them for around a dollar.

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October 2, 20070 found this helpful

Check the Dollar stores for lights...and use the 20 light strands otherwise the glass blocks get too hot.

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October 4, 20070 found this helpful

Definitely the $store, they sell the very small strings of lights, never seen the 20's in walmart or kmart. 35 may be okay as far as number goes, but even if you could get 50 in the block, there'd be too many for appearance and the heat factor.

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October 4, 20070 found this helpful

Definitely the $store, they sell the very small strings of lights, never seen the 20's in walmart or kmart. 35 may be okay as far as number goes, but even if you could get 50 in the block, there'd be too many for appearance and the heat factor.

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October 7, 20070 found this helpful

Carrie, i have read many posts from you asking how to do the glass block decorations. I just wanted to let you know that around here they don't sell very well. I did a craft show a few weeks ago and the lady next to me had a whole table full of them, and at the end she had only sold one block. Just a thought, if you are making them to sell.

Sandy

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October 7, 20070 found this helpful

Thanks sandy...but I actually sold 10 this week!

I am in Canada, where are you located?

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October 7, 20070 found this helpful

Thanks Sandy. I actually sold 10 of them this week.

I am in Canada, not sure where you are?

I also found lights at Canadian Tire in all colors with no connector plug which are perfect.

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February 12, 20090 found this helpful

Carrie, I use 50 bulbs on mine. Looking on line too. Can't seem to beat Best Lots Store price of 1.99. Then after Christmas for 50 % off is even better!

Bonnie WV

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December 1, 2008 Flag

Tips for Saving Money on Christmas Lights. Post your ideas below.

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