Lighting is an integral player in adding depth, drama and atmosphere to your holiday decorations. String lights, deck lighting, outdoor lighting and pendant lighting can all help to illuminate décor and bring a more festive feeling to your home.</br></br>Once upon a time, we would rely upon incandescent lighting in all of these categories, but this holiday season may mark the first that more options are really taking a foothold when it comes to <a title="LED Outdoor Lighting" href="http://www.atgstores.com/lighting/commercial-lighting/led-lights/led-outdoor-lighting/" target="_blank">LED outdoor lighting</a> and décor, and for good reason. Here are three of the most important benefits to consider if you’re thinking about using LEDs for any part of your holiday lighting scheme:</br></br><strong>LEDs are very durable, particularly when exposed to bad weather.</br></strong></br></br>LED design, which relies on a solid-state device rather than a gas-filled bulb or a fragile filament like traditional incandescent lights, means it can better withstand vibration, shock and even extreme temperatures. Not only are they sturdier, but they also resist damage from humidity and precipitation, making them ideal for most any adverse weather condition.</br></br>These are great improvements when it comes to <a title="Outdoor Lighting" href="http://www.atgstores.com/lighting/outdoor-lighting/" target="_blank">outdoor lighting</a> of any type, but the change is near-magical as it pertains to string lights. It brings to a close that sad chapter in lighting history wherein we searched – sometimes for hours – for the one bulb that ruined the batch.</br></br><strong>LEDs are safer than incandescent lights.</strong></br></br>Perhaps surprisingly, LEDs don’t get hot and therefore do not pose a fire hazard like some other lights do. In fact, LEDs release nearly no heat at all, while incandescent lights expel 90% of their energy as heat. That can add up to a lot of heat when it comes to larger outdoor <a title="Pendant Lighting" href="http://www.atgstores.com/lighting/outdoor-lighting/outdoor-ceiling-lights/outdoor-pendant-lighting/" target="_blank">pendant lighting</a> or <a title="Deck Lighting" href="http://www.atgstores.com/lighting/outdoor-lighting/patio-lights/deck-lighting/" target="_blank">deck lighting</a>.</br></br>And, that also means no burns, which is always good. Of course, today’s incandescent holiday lights are hardly so troublesome in that regard, but if you’re fond of using those big vintage bulbs it may be even more worth your while to consider an LED alternative.</br></br><strong>LEDs use less energy and cost less money to operate.</strong></br></br>What’s better than saving the planet and saving money at the same time?</br></br>LED lighting lifespans are dependent upon how long you use them per day, and <a title="How Long Do LED Bulbs Really Last?" href="http://www.atgstores.com/ourblog/How-Long-Do-LED-Bulbs-Really-Last" target="_blank">they dim over time rather than just burn out</a>, but it’s fair to say that they have much longer lifetimes than either compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) or incandescent bulbs. On average, an LED light will last more than 130 times longer than an incandescent and 10 times as long as a CFL when used under the same conditions.</br></br>So, if you’re thinking about updating your outdoor lighting, whether it be string lights, deck lighting or pendant lighting, LEDs may be the way to go.