It's almost Halloween, time to recycle your old Christmas lights

It's almost Halloween, time to recycle your old Christmas lights

Summary: HolidayLEDs, which makes energy-efficient LED Christmas light strands, has started its annual incandescent light recycling program.Between now and the end of the year, you can mail in your jumbles of old light strands for responsible disposal (just the light set, please, not all the old packaging).

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HolidayLEDs, which makes energy-efficient LED Christmas light strands, has started its annual incandescent light recycling program.

Between now and the end of the year, you can mail in your jumbles of old light strands for responsible disposal (just the light set, please, not all the old packaging). In exchange, you will receive a 25 percent coupon to buy an LED alternative that uses about 10 percent of the energy as the old ones. When HolidayLEDs receives enough lights, it has them shredded and processed at a recycling facility in Jackson, Michigan, where they are properly sorted according to their individual components.

I don't particularly care whether or not you buy your LED lights from HolidayLEDs or not, but this is a cool idea that the company started several years ago. Given finicky incandescent lights can be, you might want to keep this recycling program in mind when you start taking your Christmas decorations out of storage.

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  • RE: It's almost Halloween, time to recycle your old Christmas lights

    Switched to LED lights for outside a couple years ago and really like them! Plus you don't get vandals stealing your bulbs this way.
    boomchuck1
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  • RE: It's almost Halloween, time to recycle your old Christmas lights

    So how much energy is spent shipping the old lights, and manufacturing and shipping a replacement set? How many additional years could be obtained from the old set for the same amount of energy usage?
    aep528
    • RE: It's almost Halloween, time to recycle your old Christmas lights

      @aep528

      I have to wonder if those miniature 50 or 100 light strings use <b>that</b> much power; as the power cords often are "tinsel wire". I doubt that one of these types uses more than 10 to 20 watts total.
      fatman65536
      • RE: It's almost Halloween, time to recycle your old Christmas lights

        @fatman65536 As thin as the old wire is you can bet your boots the new wire is even thinner and the company is cashing in all that old copper too.
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  • RE: It's almost Halloween, time to recycle your old Christmas lights

    Too much green is making me nauseous. Red China's economy should "green-up" after the ban on incandescent light bulbs goes into effect in the US.
    robb@...
  • My incandescent light bulbs... --&gt; cold, dead hands ....

    ;)
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