Chicago's Brightest Holiday Light Displays Twinkle with LEDs
When it comes to energy efficient holiday light displays, Chicago-area power company ComEd is looking to help make the season brighter.
ComEd is sponsoring several local light displays that feature hundreds of thousands of energy efficient LED lights and offering discounts to customers willing to switch out their old lights for LEDs.
"ComEd is proud to sponsor (Lincoln Park Zoo) Zoo Lights for the sixth consecutive year, and bring to the event a focus on energy efficiency," said Sharon Hillman, vice president of Marketing and Environmental Programs for ComEd. "While we maintain our commitment to supporting family-friendly holiday events, we’re also encouraging the use of lighting that conserves energy and saves money in the long-run.”
This year’s Zoo Lights festival features over 250,000 LED lights, while the area’s largest holiday light display, Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo, includes over 1 million LEDs. The light display at Chicago's Botanic Gardens' Wonderland Express uses another 67,000 holiday LEDs.
According to The U.S. Department of Energy, LEDs last 35 to 50 times longer and use 75 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs. However, they are slightly more expensive than traditional incandescent bulbs.
To help offset those costs in switching out holiday lights, through Dec. 31 ComEd is offering an additional $2 discount on
each set of energy efficient holiday lights customers purchase at ComEd’s Online Energy Store.
Switching to LEDs
Despite their extra costs, switching your home’s lighting to LED can pay for itself in as little as five years, ComEd says. Consult a highly rated local lighting company for how to update the lighting throughout your home.
LED, or light-emitting diode, lights don’t use a filament or mercury. Instead, light is given off when electricity passes through the diode contained in the bulb.
LED bulbs give off little heat and are up to 85 percent more efficient than regular incandescent bulbs. Typical LED bulbs also can last up to 50,000 hours while incandescents are rated at about 2,000 hours.
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