See the difference


Kathi Gagne demonstrated the difference in energy consumption between incandescent Christmas lights and new LED ones using a meter on loan from Canadian Tire Thursday evening during an public information session on energy consevration, hosted by the Fort Frances Power Corporation. One string of LED “strawberry” lights uses only 0.05 watts of electricity per bulb compared to a traditional incandescent light consuming seven watts per bulb, and LED lights can last up to 200,000 hours compared to 1,000 hours for a traditional incandescent string. Although LED lights cost more to buy, they pay for themselves in one-five years through reduced energy use and bulb replacement. —Duane Hicks photo