Timed Christmas light chains can more than halve Christmas light electricity bills

Jeppe is Watts' uncrowded king of private Christmas lighting. On a daily basis, even the smallest detail of his nose does not pass by when testing in Watts' interfaces, for example.

Date 03.12.21

Just don't touch my old Christmas

It is almost over 200 years since Peter Faber wrote the famous Christmas song in which he urged everyone to keep their hands off his old Christmas traditions.

Modern people may disagree on a lot today, but nothing brings us together more than just the 200-year-old statement. Soon the residential roads, courtyards, towns and provincial housing developments throughout the country will be graced, god knows what time with Christmas chains, Christmas trees and luminous Christmas decorations.

Just as happens in the house in Holbæk with Jeppe, one of the ringleaders of Watts.

Clark Griswold or Clark Griswatts?

Jeppe is Watts' uncrowded king of private Christmas lighting. On a daily basis, even the smallest detail of his nose does not pass by when testing in Watts' interfaces, for example. But when the Christmas lights are lit up in the private last week of November, it is always with classical drum roll from the family and completely without rehearsal.

It might sound like taken straight out of Dad's Fat Christmas Holiday, where Jeppe, like another Clark Griswold, has passed through the house in Holbæk with a true inferno of light chains. But then not anyway. Jeppe is the epitome of a Griswold'sk Christmas grey fun, but with a whirring of Watts. A 'Clark Griswatts' if you like.

Timed Christmas light chains can more than halve Christmas light electricity bills

'The lantern turns on at four o'clock everything' reads Faber's song, but someone goes all in and lets the Christmas lights burn 24 hours a day. After all, it doesn't work at Jeppe's. He uses so-called smart plugs to keep his 10 light chains running on the house, which new smartly controlled LED chains with timers can also handle.

Jeppe has deliberately set the lights to be lit only when it is dark and they can be "seen". He therefore turns on the first time from 06:30 to 08:00 in the morning and again from 16:30. In addition, they are turned off after 10pm and the rest of the night. This creates an efficient Christmas lighting of 7 hours in certain selected time zones, where you get the most out of it.

A Christmas light chain with up to several hours of options over the course of a day could thus cut unnecessary wasted energy from the Christmas lights. And your electricity bill.

Several years of light in LED chains

Although the vast majority of new light chains today are LED, traditional bulbs and chains are still on the market. Switching to LED is not only electricity-saving, it is also climate friendly, as the LED light chains have a lifespan of between 30,000 and 70,000 hours. With others, there are several years of Christmas joy in the new LED chains.

If you still hunger for the soft Christmas glow bulbs of the old incandescent bulbs, you can actually look for the so-called filament bulbs, which are the latest technology in LED lighting. Here, the many advantages of LED technology come together with the vintage design from the old incandescent bulbs.

Christmas lasts a long time....

Not quite for Easter, but actually well into January for Jeppes Christmas lights. Because he's going to leave the Christmas decorations on until after the New Year. In this connection, like Jeppe, you can take into account, among other things, the 24-hour action. Because just a few days before Christmas Eve, the days begin to get longer. If you leave the Christmas lights hanging until well into January, then it will make sense to adjust the timer accordingly.

... and costs a lot of money

However much we want it, few can avoid an increased electricity bill during the Christmas period. And even if you do everything to include a lot of energy efficiency and savings, Christmas is and remains an expensive but welcome holiday. All indications are that we are entering a Christmas period with continued high electricity prices, which could make Christmas extra expensive this year. In this connection, you can always use watts app and keep an eye on the extra high hourly rates. If there is a prospect of a longer period of red zones, you can give the Christmas lights a little break.

But it has to be evening with gevalt

The best power, of course, is the one we don't use, but who wants to turn off the Christmas lights? No one, and neither jeppe, because as he says, 'We also create energy to live life'. And we do that at Christmas, but with care, of course.

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