Recycling Deals on LED Lights for Christmas
Sure it may be a week before Thanksgiving, but now is the time to start thinking about your Christmas lights. Why? Because last year all the big retailers were offering shoppers who traded in their old lights a discount on new LED lights, but only for a limited time. You can take a look at my last year's post about recycling your Christmas lights
and see most of these deals happened in the middle of November.
In fact, Home Depot's 2011 program just ended, sorry.
Here's a brief summary of why you should do it:
- t saves you money on electricity
- It saves you time and grief messing with the old lights
- It conserves natural resources like copper and oil.
Here are the new deals I was able to find--and these are ongoing, not for a limited time:
Christmas Light Source
- Ship your lights to them and they will give you 10% off an order on their site. On top of that, they will take the proceeds from the copper recycling and use it to buy children's books to donate to Toys for Tots.
In addition they are buying books from Usborne Books
which offers a 50% match on donations. All in all it seems like everybody wins.
- Again you need to ship them your lights in an old box. In exchange you'll get a 25% off discount good on their LED lights. If you happen to live in Virginia or Maryland you are in luck because they have partnered with Mom's Organic Markets
to collect them and pass out coupons.
Doing a quick comparison, it looks like Christmas Light Source has the
better prices, but charges more for shipping. I checked using two sets
of 50 white LED lights and they totaled $38 with shipping. Holiday LEDs
have higher list prices but with $5 shipping on up to five sets, and the
25% discount, their total came to just $43. I think it's safe to say
the two sites are comparable price wise.
I will keep my ear to the ground, and post any more deals I hear about in the comments section, or on the Savings.com Community board. You guys can help and post them here as well.