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LED lights to be twinkling on more Christmas trees

LED lights to be twinkling on more Christmas trees

SHINE SO BRIGHT: The 80-foot-tall Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was lit using 45,000 energy efficient LED lights during the 80th annual lighting ceremony in 2012. Organizers have been using LED lights on the iconic tree for the past several years. Photo: Associated Press/Charles Sykes

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — LEDs are likely to be twinkling on a lot more Christmas trees this year.

The high-tech lights have been around for years. But they’ve recently dropped in price.

The Kansas City Star reports Walmart is devoting half of its shelf space for Christmas lights to LEDs.

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A string of 50 mini LED lights is going for $5, down from $6.30 last year.

Costco isn’t selling any incandescent Christmas lights. LEDs are not only costing less, they use less electricity, too.

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