Tips for purchasing Christmas Lights
Christmas decorations are the perfect way to bring festive cheer to your home with lights leading the way to expressing creativity. Whether you go all out and light up your home, garden, interiors or keep it simple and decorate the tree only, it’s important to know the best lights to purchase.
Christmas lights safety standards
Christmas lights, together with all electrical equipment, must meet safety standards and are required to have an Australian certificate of approval before they can be sold. Carefully inspect packaging for the presence of an approval number (e.g. Q12345; V12345; NSW12345) or the regulatory compliance mark logo. Both indicate compliance with Australian Standards.
These trade-marks are commonly found on the packaging or on the plastic tag near the plug.
Energy saving Christmas lights
Use LED Christmas Lights for all your indoor and outdoor displays. LED lights are long-lasting, weather-resistant, and stay cool. They also use up to five times less energy than typical incandescent lights and their estimated lifetime is likely to be between 20,000 and 40,000 hours.
LED lights come in a wide variety of types, forms and colours. Use LED strings to decorate your Christmas tree, think of rope lights or garlands to highlight your doorways and windows, get creative!
Always switch off and unplug decorative lights when unattended or when watering a Christmas tree. For families with infants and young children, consider using extra-low-voltage (less than 50 Volts AC) decorative lights supplied from an approved transformer.
If you create a great festive display or see one in a street near you, take a photo and upload it to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter using our hashtag #LumoLightsChristmas and you could be one of 10 winners to receive $500.
Advice provided is indicative only and individual circumstances will affect results. For further information on energy saving tips, please visit the websites listed below.
2 December 2015
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