Branson Venues Switching to LED Lights to Cut Energy Costs

Published 11/15 2013 05:46PM

Updated 11/15 2013 08:00PM

Richard Bittle has to start hanging Christmas lights at Silver Dollar City in early august…every year he has to replace a few that burn out or fade…and he’s looking toward a new product he believes is more efficient.

“We’re replacing portions, small portions with LED,” Bittle said. “If we can save energy it's just like saving money on your gas bill. It goes right back in your pocket.

And tourist attractions throughout the city are doing the same thing. The Festival of Lights sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce attracts tourists to Branson during the busy Christmas season.

“By putting on a great Christmas show it gives people another reason to come to Branson,” said Ladonna Weathers, a spokesperson for the festival. “The amps that we can cut down on this thing. That's really important for an energy savings.”

The bulbs are plastic and easy to store. Because they reduce the strain on the grid, Bittle hopes other attractions will embrace the bulbs.

“I think as time goes by we're going to see incandescents slowly disappear,” he said. “Everything will be LED one of these days. And as more people start buying them, I think the price will come down and they'll be more affordable.”

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