It’s the final few days before Christmas and your tree’s been lit, awnings adorned, and you’ve been churning out those kWh, but at what cost? How much does having every section of your home’s roof perfectly spaced with multi-colored bulbs? Unless you’re Clark Griswold, probably not as much as you think.

Your energy usage and cost mainly reflects your Christmas display size and choice of bulbs, being either incandescent or LED.. For example, a 100-count string of incandescent mini lights runs at 40 watts, while a 70 count of 5mm LEDs is approximately 4.8 watts total. Because incandescent wattage is 80-90% more than LED wattage, the cost to power an incandescent can be up to 90x greater than powering an LED – tell that to your dad who is still running the same light strings he did in the ’90s. See below for examples of usage and cost.

typical christmas lights power usage

heavy christmas lights power usage

enthusiastic christmas decorator power usage

For even more Christmas light facts and usage examples, visit Christmas Lights Etc.

Jackson Ralston

4Change Energy
Jackson is a digital film and video production/social media specialist that not only enjoys those roles as a job but as a hobby as well. In his free time Jackson creates videos for his YouTube channel about his passions in auto culture.

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