Jackson, MI (PRWEB) October 14, 2007
HolidayLEDs.com, a new ecommerce company specializing in LED Christmas lights, launched a new tool on its website that tells customers how much switching to LED Christmas lights would impact the environment.
"Standard incandescent holiday lights are inefficient, costly, and bad for the environment," said Michael J. O'Connor, owner of HolidayLEDs.com and developer of the new calculator. "This tool allows customers to see exactly how much they will help the environment by making the switch to LED holiday lights," added O'Connor.
The new Energy Scrooge™ Calculator measures the impact of incandescent holiday lights in terms of carbon dioxide emissions, energy conservation, utility costs, and other environmental factors. "For example, if you put 3 sets of 70 light LED mini-lights in your shopping cart, the Energy Scrooge™ Calculator will inform you that purchasing those LED lights instead of incandescent lights is equivalent to: planting 456 trees; conserving 3822 kilowatts of electricity; reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 5924 pounds; and saving $420.42 in electricity," explained O'Connor.
"Quite honestly, my original formula for the calculator called for 50,000 hours for an expected life of our LED holiday lights because that's what they are rated for," admitted O'Connor, "but I asked a few people and decided the numbers were too high to be believable so I cut it in ½ to 25,000 hours." The Energy Scrooge™ Calculator makes the following assumptions:
▪ The average cost of electricity is $.11 per kilowatt hour.
▪ A average set of standard incandescent mini-lights consumes .8 watts of electricity per bulb. (*The Energy Scrooge™ calculator only compares LEDs to incandescent mini-lights. The numbers are much larger if comparing LEDs with larger C7 or C9 incandescent bulbs.)
▪ HolidayLEDs.com LED Christmas lights consume .072 watts of electricity per bulb.
▪ The average life of a set of incandescent Christmas lights is about 2,000 hours.
▪ The average life of a set of LED Christmas lights will be 25,000 hours.
▪ This calculator does not take into consideration the cost to replace the incandescent lights during the 25,000 hour life of the LEDs. Standard incandescent lights would have to be replaced 12 times during the average expected life of a set of LEDs.
▪ This calculator does not take into consideration the cost of incandescent replacement bulbs.
▪ A single mature tree will absorb 13 pounds of carbon dioxide each year.
▪ 1.55 pounds of carbon dioxide is created to produce 1 kilowatt hour of electricity.
If you would like to try the Energy Scrooge Calculator visit http://www.holidayleds.com and add a product to the shopping cart. The calculator will calculate the effect of the product you added to the cart. "Anyone can use the tool and you do not have to create an account, login, or buy anything," O'Connor explained.
For more information about this story please contact:
Philip C. Curtis
phil @ holidayleds.com