front entrance with Christmas decorations
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Fun, Energy-Saving Lights

We're smitten with this colorful approach to decorating outside because it does double-duty: It looks welcoming, but it also saves on the electric bills. The strand of retro-style colored bulbs wrapped around the entry gate actually uses outdoor-rated LED bulbs, which are brighter and longer-lasting (up to 100,000 hours). Completing the scene are berries and greenery for a lighthearted twist on the traditional holiday welcome.

Shown: A 25-foot strand of outdoor-rated LED lights by GKI Bethlehem, about $20; 1000bulbs.com

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