Energy-saving holiday lights

Get your glow on with these eco-minded LED, solar, and rechargeable lights

Rechargeable indoor-outdoor votive

Hours of sparkle for a fraction of the energy

You can save a lot of energy while enjoying the glow of warm holiday lights.

Eco-friendly options include outdoor solar or LED string lights, rechargeable indoor-outdoor votives, flameless indoor tea lights, and more.

LED bulbs use 1/50 of the electricity of traditional holiday lights, and they can last up to 30 years.

For even more energy savings, attach light strings to a timer (about $9 from Environmental Lights).

Click ahead for a closer look at the eco-friendly options.

Rechargeable indoor-outdoor votive

Rechargeable indoor-outdoor votives

We love the art-meets-tech pairing of LED bulbs and handblown glass globes.

Available in 4 colors; amber with white bulbs shown ($57 for Aurora Glow solar collector and 6 2½-inch-wide globes with hooks on a 25-foot strong; from

Rechargeable indoor-outdoor votive

Rechargeable indoor-outdoor votives

You can leave on these Moon Drops votives all day (one charge lasts more than 150 hours) or set the photo sensor to turn them off when the sun comes up.

Available in 2 styles; Sprig is shown here ($19 per pair; from 

Outdoor solar string lights

Photo: Jeffery Cross

Flameless indoor tea lights

They fit standard votive holders; an LED bulb provides a flamelike flicker ($6 for set of 6; from Target).

Holiday lights: LED Christmas string lights

Photo: Jeffery Cross 

LED light string

With a controller, set these white-wire indoor-outdoor mini bulbs for 8 light patterns, including flash, chase, and twinkle.

Also available in blue ($35 for 70 lights on a 24-foot string; controller $12; from Environmental Lights).

Holiday lights: flashing LED light set

Photo: Jeffery Cross 

Indoor-outdoor LED flashing-light set

Get the look of old-fashioned string lights in the Energy Star-rated Celebrations C6 set.

Also available in multicolor ($13 for 60 lights on a 20-foot string). Available at Ace Hardware.

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