Bright idea: Upgrade to LED, recycle old holiday lights

IREA will again collect unwanted holiday lights for recycling and energy assistance for low-income Coloradans.

In the program’s inaugural year, IREA customers gave us 3,000-plus pounds of recyclable holiday lights that generated more than $1,200 for Energy Outreach Colorado, an independent non-profit that provides home energy assistance to Coloradans in need.

Unwanted holiday lights of any type can be dropped off Dec. 3 through Jan. 31 during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, in designated lobby bins at any of IREA’s four offices:

• Conifer – 13404 Old U.S. Highway 285

• Sedalia – 5496 N. U.S. Highway 85

• Strasburg – 1497 Main St.

• Woodland Park – 800 N. Highway 67

Customers are encouraged to replace their old holiday lights with newer LED lights, which are up to 90 percent more efficient. They also are cool to the touch, last much longer and are more durable and safe than incandescent lights.