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Jeepers, it's not even Halloween and here I am talking about Christmas (LED) lights

My husband would be really miffed if he could see this blog post, because I am about to bring one of our cardinal rules: Don't talk about Christmas or the year-end holiday before his favorite day, Halloween, is past. But HolidayLEDs.

My husband would be really miffed if he could see this blog post, because I am about to bring one of our cardinal rules: Don't talk about Christmas or the year-end holiday before his favorite day, Halloween, is past. But HolidayLEDs.com is making it difficult, what with all the information it's putting out about Christmas light recycling trade-ins and tips for how to buy the most energy-efficient LED light strands possible. So, just in CASE you're one of those people who jumps on every holiday right after the latest one is past, here are some tidbits from the company.

- Look for flicker-free. There are grades of LED lights. If you're looking for clarity, look for a product that is full wave or rectified. They are typically brighter than those designated as half-wave. - Remember to look for weather-resistant bulbs, otherwise the strands may rust before they have a chance to outlast your old incandescent ones. - Ask for a warranty. Heck, LEDs are supposed to last longer, so make sure they do. Figure out how you can get a replacement set. - HolidayLEDs.com is revving up its collection program for incandescent-style holiday lights. If you send your old ones in, you will receive a 15 percent coupon for purchasing the LED sort. This is the link for more information. - Who's buying LED holiday lights? The King of Prussia Mall is the latest high-profile HolidayLEDs.com customer. The management company for the mall will replace about 300,000 of the lights in its 500,000-light Christmas display with bulbs from HolidayLEDs.com.