Eli Waters’ Bianca Nicholls has largely converted to solar and LED Christmas lights.
Eli Waters’ Bianca Nicholls has largely converted to solar and LED Christmas lights. Karleila Thomsen

LED lights are a bright idea

BIANCA Nicholls' Christmas lights power bill should drop this year after she replaced the majority of her incandescent bulbs with LEDs.

Ergon Energy general manager operations southern Paul Jordon said Bianca and others who opted for more environmentally friendly options, such as solar and LED lights, could be doubly rewarded for their efforts.

He said as well as lower power bills they could be eligible for prizemoney in an Ergon-sponsored category for energy efficient displays in this year's Christmas Lights competition.

Mr Jordon said entrants in the category would be required to have a minimum of 25 per cent of their lighting from solar or LEDs.

“This will progressively increase in coming years to give existing entrants with a large stock of incandescent lights the chance to be eligible for this category while gradually switching to energy efficient alternatives,” he said.

Mr Jordon also encouraged people to be safe and log on to http://www.ergon.com.au/safety/christmas_lighting.asp for more information.

Ms Nicholls said it took about four weeks to set up her Christmas lights display which included about 120 metres of LED lights on the roof alone.

“This is my hobby. I budget about $1000 a year and I try and stick to that because I could easily let it get out of control.”

She said she loved Christmas lights and she and a neighbour used their displays to raise money for a local recipient of Variety Queensland.

She said the lights at 5 and 12 Spoonbill Way, Eli Waters, would be turned on tomorrow night.

Energy-saving tips

Convert to strings of solar festive lights.

Use LED festive lights – they use less electricity and last longer than incandescents.

Limit the time your lights are on.



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