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How To Choose Christmas Lights That Are Safe and Energy-Efficient

Always put your safety first: here's what to look out for when buying Christmas lights

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With November coming to an end, most of us will be in a rush to decorate our homes in time for December. We tend to think of what style or color palette our holiday theme would be this year, but the number one consideration should be your safety, and this is most applicable to Christmas lights.

Are you tempted to buy those three-for-the-price-of-one budget lights? Stop and save yourself from a potential fire hazard, because these might not be safe to use in your home. Here’s how to choose the safest, most energy-efficient ones: 

Use warm white or cool white lights


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Make sure that your string of lights will look good with other brightly hued Christmas décor. Don’t buy multicolored Christmas lights if you plan to change your color theme next year.

READ: 18 Budget-Friendly Christmas Decorations

Check if it can be used outdoors as well


Choose Christmas lights that can withstand outdoor use; especially if you plan to decorate your exterior façade or garden with lights.

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Make sure your lights are certified safe.


It should be indicated in the packaging that your Christmas lights were tested and certified by the DTI, to assure you of its safety.

Go for LED


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LED lights are the safer option, because LED produces very little heat. And compared to traditional CFL bulbs, LEDs shine brighter by as much as 50 percent, ensuring that you’ll have an extra-sparkly tree! Try Firefly LED Bright Christmas Lights, which come in regular and curtain-type of lights of six and seven meters.

Take note of its energy efficiency


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Since you’re going for LED, these types of bulbs are more energy efficient than traditional bulbs—the actual electrical consumption of a nine-watt bulb is only at P0.09 cents per kilowatt-hour.

READ: Understanding An Energy Label Can Help Lower Your Electricity Bill

Firefly LED Bright Christmas lights are available at major hardware stores, or visit fireflyelectric.com

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