Holiday String Lights – Past and Present
The Lights of Holidays Past
Holiday Lights are a big tradition for a lot of people. When I was younger, my dad would go all out on the lights outside. And I loved them…. The sparkle, the brilliance, the joy it brought people! I just didn’t want to be a part of them going up! What a nightmare! I cringe just thinking about the broken glass light bulbs and cut feet and fingers from them, and the “utter joy” of trying to find that ONE burned out bulb that made the entire string go out. (And then hours after trying to make the string of lights all work, finally being able to throw it away and just replace the entire string). My excuses for not wanting to help never held up… I was always coerced into helping with the family tradition of hanging lights.
LED the Only Common Denominator
As I’m browsing the holiday string lights, I notice that the one common denominator is that they are all LED. Now, I know that LED has been around awhile, I think? I know nothing about it. That pure white, almost blue color is what I used to first think of when I thought of LED holiday lights. Now, the LED string lights on sale are blue, pink, green, red, orange, purple, yellow, and warm white. So, obviously LED lighting has evolved (into more colors) since it first appeared.
Why LED in Holiday Lights??
Honestly, what is LED and how does it benefit holiday lights? Why do I want to buy the LED lights? LED, according to christmas-light-source.com, are Light Emitting Diodes; simple definition: electronic components that produce light. That definition doesn’t really help me, so I wanted to know the benefits of LED holiday lights. According to Wikipedia.org, LED holiday lights have low energy usage, long lifetimes, and low maintenance.
Benefits of LED Holiday Lights
- Low Energy, Long Lifetimes, Low Maintenance
- LED holiday lights use up to 75% less energy and last 25 times longer than the old incandescent bulbs (US Dept. of Energy sourced by balance.com)
- You can connect a lot of LED holiday string lights together with one power source since the LED consumes less energy. (engadget.com).
- The light emitted by an LED is determined by the LED chip rather than the plastic lens; meaning there is less color fading. (Wikipedia.org)
- The LED plastic bulbs are less likely to break. (christmas-light-source.com)
- The LED strands are vibration and shock resistant (christmas-light-source.com)
- If manufactured correctly and used property, the LED holiday lights are resistant to moisture (christmas-light-source.com)
- LED light strands can be recycled (christmas-light-source.com)
- LED lights do not get hot to the touch, so they are safer (thebalance.com)
LED Holiday Lights Appeared When??
When did LED Holiday lights make an appearance at the holidays? According to christmas-light-source.com, the LED lights were first used in the 1960’s for commercial applications and for 30 to 40 more years after that were improved upon for commercial uses. In 1998 and 1999, LED Christmas lights became a thing and began to adorn the homes and businesses of America. Starting in 2007, the famous New York Rockefeller Center Tree was completely lit up with 100% LED lights.
So Many Choices!
LED is the common denominator in the holiday string light sale but what about the differences in the types of LED string lights on sale? PegasusLighting.com and the holiday sale have the G12, 5mm wide angle, C6, and Mini Lights. What’s the difference? I found this information at chistmaslightsetc.com:
Of course, this isn’t a full list. There are many other LED holiday string lights, including: fairy lights, icicle string lights, rope light, rope light decoration, snowfall string lights, tape light, colored flood lights, net lights, and strip lights. Phew! That’s a lot of holiday light choices and I’m sure I might have missed a few out there!
The Lights of Holiday Today
After all my research into the LED holiday lights, I’ve decided that maybe it wouldn’t be as much of a nightmare as it was in my past to hang up all those holiday lights. I won’t be breaking anything since the LED light is plastic and I won’t be replacing a lot of bulbs since they are long lasting. Maybe I should ask my dad if he wants to resurrect the family holiday tradition of putting up holiday lights…. LED lights that is.