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also last longer than incandescent bulbs and are always cool to touch, no matter how long they are lit. LED bulbs also use less wattage, meaning a more modest power bill during the holiday season. Cons: LED bulbs are more expensive to buy per strand, so be prepared to pay more upfront at the store if you plan on covering the house. LED bulbs are also more expensive to replace if bulbs are damaged. holiday light shows. “Red, Green, Blue” lights can be customized to twinkle the way you want — each light is individually able to shine as any shade. Pros: Get the look you want, including the rhythm of lighting — these strands are often “Smart” and can be controlled remotely. Cons: RGBs are pricey, and strands don’t connect to each other like traditional light strands. CERAMIC If you’re looking for old-fashioned lights, opt for ceramic bulbs. These days, you can even get LED ceramic bulbs and enjoy the nostalgia while maintaining the benefits of LED lights.

LED BULBS LED bulbs are newer and better for the environment. Although LED lights are not always everyone’s favorite due to their “colder” glow (the light itself is colored, instead of the surrounding bulb acting as a filter), they continue to evolve and offer more options. Pros: LED bulbs are better for the environment because they emit fewer greenhouse gases. They WIDE ANGLE LED Wide angle LED lights are perfect for outdoor light displays. With a bulb that doesn’t end at a tip — hence the “wide angle” description — and a sealed construction, they are safer against the natural elements. Pros: These bulbs are good for outdoor use, since they are impervious to rain, sleet, snow and moisture. Cons: They don’t last as many seasons if you use them as exterior lights — and they are slightly too bright for indoor use. RGB LED These lights are the animated variety you often see at professional

Pros: While the C9 “fat bulbs” look similar to days gone by, the LED engineering means they’re more environmentally friendly and use less wattage. Cons: As with other LED varieties, expect to shell out more cash per installation and per bulb. PLASTIC The days of wrapping your holiday lights gingerly, afraid the bulbs will clatter together and break, are over if you choose to buy plastic bulbs. Pros: Plastic bulbs are much sturdier, meaning easier storage after the holidays are over. You can also find both LED and incandescent options.

Cons: The color might not look as brilliant with a plastic bulb.

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