Back in the early days when people first began decorating the exteriors of their homes and Christmas trees for the holidays, actual wax candles were sometimes brought in to do the job. Now I don’t have to tell you why this was an exceedingly dangerous and unpopular idea.
In the decades to follow, companies like General Electric satisfied the growing demand for safe, affordable Christmas lights by manufacturing strings of variously colored tiny bulbs, which became the industry main-stay for a very long (I remember these as a kid myself). Then an extensive lull came over the Christmas Light industry, with no new technology arriving on the scene for decades, until only just recently: LED lights.
Light Emitting Diodes, regularly called LEDs, are really nothing more than just tiny light bulbs that fit easily into an electrical circuit. But unlike ordinary incandescent bulbs, they don’t have a filament that will burn out, and they don’t get especially hot. In fact, LED lights give off such a low amount of heat, that they remain cool to the touch, even after they’ve been turned on and going for hours. This is much safer for curious children, and obviously reduces fire danger when you’re not at home.
Plus, LED’s only use about 10% of the energy that regular Christmas bulbs require. And whereas the old fashioned lights would last around 1,200 to 1,500 hours each, LED lights can go for an impressive 50-60,000 hours! Over time, this dramatic shift in energy output will save you hundreds of dollars when you get that dreaded electric bill in January.
In addition to the conservation benefits, LED’s give off a more radiant, gorgeous glow, their brilliance doesn’t fade over time, and they’re even programmable and dimmable should you wish to do so. The choice seems obvious to me. Make it an LED Christmas! Our outdoor Edina Holiday lighting services team at Architectural Landscape Design are waiting to help you and your family do exactly that by making it a more Earth-friendly green holiday season this year with their wide selection of LED holiday Christmas lights and displays. So do your part this Christmas and get more by using less energy. It only takes a phone call: 952-292-7717.