It’s Advent and Christmas. This is a time when many of us decorate our homes, outside and in, with electric candles, stars and strings of Christmas lights. It’s lovely to see all those lights in the winter darkness. Here is some good advice, if you like Christmas lights.
If you are fond of Christmas lights, but still wish to save energy – use LED lamps. Energimyndigheten (the Swedish Energy Agency) has tested lights in the traditional Swedish seven-armed candlesticks. The test showed that normal bulbs use 27 times more energy than LED lamps.
- If you wish to replace the bulbs in your candlestick with LED lamps, first check the manufacturer’s instructions to make sure it’s possible. Then replace all the lamps at the same time.
- Be cautious when you buy replacement bulbs. Do not use bulbs intended for seven armed candlesticks to replace the bulbs in a five armed candlestick. This is important because the bulbs may not be designed for the voltage they receive.
- LED bulbs in wax candles can also be a good and fire-safe alternative to candles if you have children or pets, or cannot keep watch over the candles all the time.
- Never place a string of Christmas lights outdoors if it’s for indoor use. Electrical equipment must be classed as IP44 or higher in order to be used safely outdoors.
- Broken lamps and string of Christmas lights must be returned to a recycling station.
You can read more about testing at Energimyndigheten (the Swedish Energy Agency) and get good advice here.
All of us at Partille Energi wish you a Merry Christmas.
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