Holiday lights

Activity to carry out during the holidays using an appliance energy monitor and fairy lights

5 KS1 KS2 KS3 KS4 Citizenship Science and Technology
The average house with 7 strings of 100 lights, left on for 6 hours a day all December, spends at least £9 of electricity just on fairy lights.

With adult supervision, plug your fairy lights into an appliance monitor plugged into the wall. If you don't have an appliance monitor keep an eye on your smart meter. If there is no other electrical items running that will cause changes in your electricity use, this is a good way of seeing how much electricity the lights use.  

Looking at the display on your monitor or meter. Can you see how much energy the lights are using? What questions can you ask about the energy use? Do coloured lights use more energy? Do longer strings of lights use more energy than shorter ones? Do lights use more energy when they are flashing or still? Does the size of the individual lights make a difference to how much energy is consumed? Discuss your answers with your adult. 

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