Energy-Saving Holiday Lights
Get your glow on with these eco-minded LED, solar, and rechargeable lights
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.
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 allsopgarden.com).
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 allsopgarden.com).
They fit standard votive holders; an LED bulb provides a flamelike flicker ($6 for set of 6; from Target).
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).
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.