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Switching to LED Christmas Lights- 4 Tips to Know

LED Christmas LightsI think we all know there are many benefits to switching to LED lights and we’ll touch on these briefly. But while LED lights are the latest and the greatest, there are a few things you might not know that would be good information to have before you purchase them. The team at Jeremy Electrical put together these lesser known LED lighting tips to help you make a smart purchase when it comes to Christmas lights.

Benefits of LED Lights

LED lights are now available in lots of shapes and sizes and happily, the price has come down from when they were first introduced. The price, on average, for LED Christmas lights is a little more than double that of incandescent lights. Although this may seem steep, LED energy savings can equal their cost over the course of just four seasons, or a full-year of continuous use. LED bulbs offer many benefits and we’ll cover them quickly:

Energy savings – Incandescent bulbs waste a full 90 percent of their energy because it is released as heat. That’s why they get hot to the touch. According to U.S. Department of Energy, LED bulbs use up to 75% less energy, and last 25 times as long. Since Christmas lights are on for hours at a time, switching to LEDs will lower your typical electric bill over the holidays.

Safety – Because they don’t get hot to the touch, LED bulbs are a much lower fire hazard.

Cost Efficient – Because Christmas lights are long-lasting items you can bring out year after year, they will undoubtedly pay for themselves over time through energy savings.

Duration – When it comes to Christmas lights, LEDs burn for about 4,000 hours, while incandescent bulbs lose one or two bulbs per strand before half that time is up. A main reason LEDs are so long lasting is because, unlike incandescents, they don’t have filaments which can heat up and burn out.

4 Tips to Know When Shopping

Pay Attention to the Colors

When LED Christmas lights were first created, the colors looked different from traditional lights. First generation LED Christmas lights weren’t able to match the pure white light of incandescent Christmas lights. They looked much bluer, and many thought they looked colder. Understandably, that was a big turn off for a lot of homeowners. Today’s LED Christmas lights are available in both cool white, if you prefer the blue tone, or warm white, if you prefer more of a golden traditional tone.

You Can’t Mix Bulb Types

Many homeowners want to know if they can replace burned out bulbs in their traditional incandescent light strands with new LED bulbs. The answer is no. First of all,  it’s hard to even find replacement LED bulbs. But if you were able to find them, the wiring for your traditional lights is different and not designed to handle LEDs. LED light strings have extremely low wattages and require far less power than the standard incandescent light string. In fact, LED light strings have resistors built into the wiring to reduce and control the amount of current flowing to the bulbs. These resistors keep the power from overloading and frying the LEDs. (The bigger LED bulbs, including C7 and C9 replacement bulbs are self-ballasted, removing the need for a resistor.)

Be Careful of Color Matching

Not every LED diode (the light-emitting chip inside an LED bulb) is the same color or hue. Because LED diodes are produced in large batches or “bins” it becomes necessary to separate them by color. “Binning” is the industry term for the separation of LED diodes by color. Each production bin maintains a slight variation in hue. So if you want your colors to match perfectly, you should purchase several LED light strings at the same time for color consistency.

Look for Interesting Options

LED Christmas lights come in the same shapes and sizes as traditional lights, from C7 and C9 bulbs to mini light strings. They also come in other interesting options including omnidirectional lights that emit shimmering all-around light with a magnified spotlight at the tip that will make your light array sparkle and shine. They also come in wide angle lights that allow for brighter and wider light coverage than traditional lights. You’ll even find LED lights in novelty lighting like holiday candles, lanterns, snowfall lights, ropes, ribbons and more.

If you’re buying new Christmas lights this holiday season, choose LED Christmas lights. They will last for up to 20 years, only use a third of the energy of incandescent mini-lights and 1/100 of traditional C7 or C9 lights, and they’re safer because they don’t get hot. Buy them this year and don’t worry about replacing for at least the next decade or two!

If you have any electrical questions this holiday season, give the Kansas City electricians at Jeremy Electric a call at (913) 375-0070 a call or you can also contact us online.

3 Types of Patio Lighting Every Patio Needs

Patio LightingThere is nothing like a patio to extend your living area into the great outdoors. In recent years, patios have become all the rage. From simple concrete pads to elaborate outdoor kitchens, patios are hot, hot, hot. But no matter the size, the one thing all of these patios have in common is that they need lighting. Now that the weather is cooling down, you may have noticed that you’re using your patio to enjoy cool evenings. If you are, you’ve probably realized that as soon as the sun goes down, it’s hard to navigate, challenging to see things, and a little inhospitable feeling. Usually, that’s the time you go inside. Don’t let darkness steal your relaxation time outside!

Extend Your Patio Time with Lighting

Take back your patio after dark with the simple addition of lighting. We’re not talking about the obnoxious glare of that porch light on the house. We’re talking beautiful additions that will add safety, convenience and ambiance to your patio. The team at Jeremy Electrical has put together this list of the top three kinds of lighting every patio needs – pathway lighting, string lights, and spot lights.

Pathway Lighting Makes Navigating Safer

The most important kind of lighting for safety’s sake is pathway lighting. Don’t rely on that glaring porch light whose broad beacon attracts moths and other flying pests. Install soft pathway lights that illuminate the walkways making navigating on and around the patio easy and convenient. No one wants to trip on something in the dark because they couldn’t see it.

String Lights Add Ambiance

There’s no better way to create ambiance than a few strands of string lights hanging overhead. String lights add charm and set the mood for guests to linger longer in the enchanting environment. Edison bulbs are all the rage right now because they add a little touch of nostalgia along with their glow.

Spotlights Extend the Entertainment Area

Spotlights can extend the patio into the yard. Simply adding a few spotlights on statues, fountains, trees, or bushes beyond the patio brings the perimeter of the yard into view visually expanding the entire entertainment area.   

Make Your Patio the Envy of Your Neighbors

All of these luminary additions make your patio safer, more inviting, and more enjoyable for you and your guests. For patio-perfect lighting, give the electrical experts at Jeremy Electrical a call. We can help you decide where you need light, how much light you need, and what kind of lighting will work best for your patio.

Contact us online or call us at (913) 375-0070 and we’ll be happy to help make your backyard the talk of the neighborhood.

How to Shop for LED Light Bulbs

shopping for LED light bulbsThere’s no arguing that LED light bulbs are the way of the future. Incandescent bulbs are fast going the way of VHS tapes and Atari consoles. So if you haven’t already, you will soon find yourself shopping for LED bulbs to fill the fixtures in your home. There are some handy things you’ll need to know when shopping for LED bulbs, so the team at Jeremy Electrical put together this little tutorial.

Don’t Be Frightened by the Price

One thing you’ll notice is that LED light bulbs cost more than either incandescent or CFLs (compact fluorescent lighting). Don’t let this discourage you as LEDs last for years. In fact, a quality LED bulb can last anywhere from 20,000 to 50,000 hours,  which means that if you use it for 6 hours a day, 365 days a year, your LED bulb could last 20 years! Think of how many incandescent lights you’d have burned through in that time. Plus, they use only about 20 percent as much electricity so you’ll make back the initial cost in a couple of years. because of LEDs’ energy efficiency and long life. Good news too – with advances in technology and growing popularity, the prices are expected to continue to drop.

WATTS Up with LEDs?

Because we are used to shopping for brightness based on watts, it may be a little confusing at first because LED brightness is rated by lumens. Have no fear! Here is a handy chart that will help you know what to look for based on the incandescent wattage you are familiar with.

  • 100 watt = 1600 lumen
  • 75 watt = 1100 lumen
  • 60 watt = 800 lumen
  • 40 watt = 450 lumen

But I Heard LEDs Give Off a Harsh Light

Incandescent bulbs produce war light and we all got used to that. When LEDs first came out, they produces a blue/green color that seemed cold and harsh. But don’t worry, today’s LEDs are available in warmer temperatures. Color is measured as temperature on the Kelvin scale. The higher the degrees Kelvin, the whiter the color temperature. If you want a warmer light, look for LEDs with around 2700K – 3000K. To give you a little bit better idea of the Kelvin scale, there are three primary types of color temperature for light bulbs. They are:

  • Soft White (2700K –3000K)
  • Bright White/Cool White (3500K – 4100K)
  • Daylight (5000K – 6500K).

We hope this guide helps you choose the perfect LED lighting for your home. If you need any help with anything electrical, give the professional electricians at Jeremy Electrical a call at (913) 375-0070.

Bring on the Night with Beautiful Patio Lighting

Outdoor living has made a huge resurgence in the last decade or so. Outdoor kitchens,  outdoor fireplaces, stone patios with water features, three season rooms, stamped concrete designs, etc. With all of this outdoor living, comes a need for lighting at night. If you’re looking to add some light to your outdoor patio, pool, deck or any living area, call Jeremy Electrical. The electricians at Jeremy Electrical are pros when it comes to adding outdoor lighting to patios both new and old. Let us create a nighttime oasis in your backyard.

Bright Ideas to Light Up the Night

Here are just a few ideas for inspiration that you can incorporate into your patio, deck or pool area. Some are DIY, but others may require a professional electrician like Jeremy Electrical. Either way, you’ll be excited to add a little light to your backyard after you see these ideas.

String Along with Me

String lights add just the right touch of twinkle throughout your outdoor area. No glaring bright lights shining in your face, just a little glow. Whether you hang them taut, loose, straight or at an angle, the effect is the same magical.

Outdoor Patio String Lights Picture

Backyard Patio String Lights Picture

Deck String Lights Picture

Patio String Lights Taut Picture

Chandeliers Add a Touch of Class

If you have a covered area, consider adding a chandelier. Chandeliers are not just for indoor rooms anymore! Add a touch of class to any outdoor room with a chandelier, or two, or three! Even a whole collection adds a bohemian vibe.

Chandeliers on Porch Picture

Stone Patio Chandeliers Photo

Chandeliers Under Deck Picture

Built-In Lights Create a Soft Way to See Steps and Add Safety

Sometimes these lights are actually built in while the patio or deck is being built, but most can be added after the project is done. You can choose wired lighting or solar lighting. Either will do the job and add the ambiance you want.

Built-in Lights on Raised Deck Picture Built-in Lights 2 Built-in Lights 3 Built-in Lights 4

Swing for the Fences

If your backyard is enclosed by a fence, or your patio is surrounded by a wall, that’s a great place to add lighting. Lighting expands the perimeter of your yard at night and adds a feeling of coziness. It can be as simple as hanging a few lanterns on the fence.

Deck with Built-In Lights Picture Fence 3 Fence:Wall 5

 

 

 

 

Lights Strung on Fence Picture

Don’t Forget the Trees

If you are lucky enough to have trees in your backyard, include them in your lighting plan. Trees wrapped in lights or draped in lights create a mystical, woodland feel when the sun goes down. Blur the line between indoor and outdoor living by incorporating these green giants into your outdoor landscape at night.

Fire Pit in Lighted Garden Picture

Tree with String Lights and Pendants Picture

 

 

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We hope we’ve inspired you to add some lighting to your outdoor deck, patio, pool area or just your backyard. If you need professional electrical help, don’t hesitate to call the backyard outdoor lighting experts at Jeremy Electrical at (913) 375-0070.