Before choosing which type of holiday lights with which to decorate your home, or simply choosing lighting in general, it's a good idea to become familiar with their similarities and differences. When fully informed, you can decide which method of lighting, LED or incandescent, fits your home and style better.
According to Elemental LED, the "only similarity" between LED and incandescent lighting is that both are powered by electricity. The fundamental difference between the two, highlighted by Elemental, is the way in which light is created by them.
Incandescent lights, as explained by Energy Star, "produce light using electricity to heat a metal filament until it becomes 'white' hot or is said to incandesce. As a result, incandescent bulbs release 90% of their energy as heat." LED lights, according to Elemental: "produce light through electroluminescence, a process that creates very little heat and wastes little electricity, but otherwise relies on the same general principles of physics that incandescents do."
A major difference between LED and incandescent, which weighs heavily in favor of LED and will make the most sense to a consumer, is cost efficiency. The annual operating cost, according to Design Recycle Inc and based on the use of thirty incandescent bulbs per year equivalent, $32.85 per year for LED as compared to incandescent at $328.59 per year.
A well informed decision is vital when choosing lighting, particularly when planning for the holiday season. Researching and understanding the differences between LED and incandescent lighting will make your season brighter.