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LED lights are safe decorating choice for the holidays

Posted on November 30, 2012 Category: Christmas Lights Articles

There are a host of diverse benefits that can be attained by decorating during the winter holiday season with LED holiday lights. One of the most cited reasons for doing so is the incredible energy savings. According to ENERGY STAR, LED lights uses 75 percent less energy than incandescent lighting and lasts 35 to 50 times longer, resulting in lower energy bills and fewer bulb changes. A less well-known benefit is the fact that LED Christmas lights feature a host of properties that make them safer choices for family atmospheres where children are afoot.

According to Whole Pregnancy, one of the primary reasons that LED lights are safe to use around children is the fact that they are RoHS compliant. This means that the lights are compliant with all safety standards of the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive, which restricts the use of six hazardous materials found in electrical and electronic products, according to RoHS Guide.

Being RoHS compliant means that the LED lights are essentially lead free. The news source reports that most traditional holiday lights are loaded with lead, which is used in the PVC wiring within to keep it from breaking down and cracking. A recent study revealed that many brands of LED lights contain levels that when exposed to - through handling, as well as dust released into the air - can harm children.

Additionally, according to My LED Lighting Guide, LED lights contain substantially lower fire shocks and burn risks than traditional bulbs, which is an important consideration around children. Finally, these bulbs don't shatter like fragile glass bulbs, sparing children from being cut when playing.