Switch to LED holiday lights this year

If you’re still decking the halls with your years-old incandescent Christmas lights, it’s time to make the switch to LED lights.

LEDs, or light-emitting diodes, are more efficient, more durable and longer-lasting than your old strands. They won’t burn out; they’re cool to the touch.

That makes them safer to hang on a tree or from your roof. And they won’t send your holiday electric bills through the roof.

LEDs are a holiday gift to yourself that keeps on giving year-round: The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that LEDs use 75 percent less energy and last about 25 times longer than incandescents.

          Sure, they’re a bit more expensive that traditional light strands. Look for a home improvement store with a trade-in program that gives you a discount on LEDs if you turn in your old, inefficient incandescent strands.