questionsare you going with led christmas lights this year?

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I'll be using a mix of LED and incandescent bulbs this year: the tree is pre-lit with white incandescent bulbs (that I'll dim down as I usually do) and then I'll add color with LED and/or additional incandecent strands. I haven't tried the LED strands with a dimmer yet, so I may only use the two that I've already purchased if they aren't dimable.

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I purchased several sets on clearance after Christmas a few years ago, so LEDs are all I use now.

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LED outside. Old school on the tree.

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Almost all LEDs. As the old incandescent strings fail, I've been tossing them. Never again will I spend hours trying to find the dead bulb.

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Just bought a new christmas tree that is all LED. I need to go buy some lights too since I just bought my first house and want to get it all sparkly so Santa can find me. From what I've read though, the LED's will save you money in the long run in electricity costs and longevity. Hence the initial "start up" costs. I've noticed a lot of blue lights coming up in recent years. Personally I'm all about the colored lights. I think it's because I am fighting back "aging" and having the white lights. I'm 30 and still believe in Santa after all :)

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I purchased LED bulbs for outdoors last year. Still using incandescent indoors though.

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I've been all (but one, I need to keep one small incandescent set for outside so my X10 setup will work.) LED for about 5 years now. As I see them on sale after christmas, I buy them up for next year. I got a great deal on multi-color LED icicle lights 2 years ago, like $2 per box. I believe Home Depot gives you a discount if you bring in, even non-working, incandescent sets and buy LED.

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We have been using all LED for the last 3 years. We have them on our tree and house.

I guess we never really switched thats what we started with when my wife and I moved into a house about 3 years ago never had the space or place to put them when we rented.

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I've been using the LED Lights for a couple of years now too. I like that they seem to hold up better out in the elements (plastic bulbs, no filiments to break) and so far I have been happy with my choice to hang them each year. We purchased ours from the dreaded WalMart and got them for next to nothing per box of 60 lights. There are a few color options, but we ended up with the 'Warm White' which are very, very close to normal incandescent white lights you would buy.

This year, I'll be trimming the tree with the leds as well. Big benefit I see? They run cooler when you're wrapping them around an evermore combustable spruce tree that is sitting in your living room drying out all holiday season! All around, I recommend them.

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While I love technology, I can't really buy into the digital look of LED lights; I am old-school through and through when it comes to the warmer, more traditional incandescent lights. The look that reminds me of my childhood- when Christmas, my birthday, the summer fair, and Halloween- were the 4 most important events in my life. I’m also not buying that bit about the running costs offsetting the acquisition costs. I am not running Disney’s Light Parade 24/7 and the 4-5 hours per night for approximately 30 days that the lights run usually add a staggering $5 to my monthly electricity bill. It will take 15 years to offset the costs of buying new LED lights and by then, we will definitely have a new fad in town…

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I have mixed feelings over LED Christmas lights. I love how bright they are and the lower energy consumption. My problem with them is that when I look at houses that use LED lights I don't get that nostalgic feeling I get when I see houses with old lights.
Despite that we will still most likely go with LED this year.

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We have recently bought all new LED Christmas lights for the outside of our house. We have around thirty sets on top our house and they are absolutely AWFUL!We seriously have one or two strands go out everyday! I would not recommend them to anyone! The whole strand goes out because it has a loose bulb or something. Stick to the originals.

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@rhmurphy: Hours? Seen the little light repair tool that's about $10 that fixes 'em? I thought it was just more 'as seen on TV' crap until I tried it, and 9 out of 10 times it worked. Pre-lit tree, so just changing strings is a real pain if I can avoid it, but as I must we're going LED.
But if I can fix it quickly, I will. Worth looking into.

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@havocsback: Yeah, hours. If it's one bulb, the tool does the job. Faced with a string with multiple bulbs that aren't working due to a combination of open filaments and loose connections, it's a nightmare. Cheap bulb sets == one-time use. IMHO.