January 18, 2019

LED Christmas Lights–Make Holiday Decorating Greener

LED xmas lights make holiday decorating greener

Why LED Christmas Bulbs are Greener

LED xmas lights make holiday decorating greener 1Common sense tells us that outdoor holiday lights are the farthest thing from green.  But, if you insist on lighting your home, consider LED Christmas lights for energy conservation and cost savings.

Based on the semiconductor diode, LEDs (light emitting diodes) release light when the electrons combine with holes.  Although LEDs originally emitted only red light, today’s LEDs produce light across the visible, ultraviolet and infra red wavelengths.  This allows interior as well as exterior LED Christmas lights to be produced in a rainbow of colors.

The Benefits of LED

LED xmas lights make holiday decorating greener 2Selecting LED Christmas lights will cost you a bit more up front, but they will use up to 90 percent less energy and can last up to seven times as long as regular incandescent lights.  You can expect a savings of over 50% on your holiday electric bill and anticipate 100,000 hours of lighting when these LED Christmas bulbs are used indoors.

LED Christmas Lights–Not only Greener

LED xmas lights make holiday decorating greener 3LED lights are not only greener but have a longer lifetime than classic incandescent Christmas bulbs.  They’re also faster switching, more robust and can be manufactured in smaller sizes–as in the case of the LED Christmas mini lights. The array of choices in LED holiday lights has grown tremendously over recent years.  Check with your local vendor and expect to find more variety in this type of lighting than you knew ever existed.

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Christmas Decorations–Craft Projects for Kids

Holiday Decorating With Kids in Mind

xmas decoration craft project for kidsComing up with holiday decorating ideas for kids is a well-known challenge for teachers and leaders of scout and community groups across the country.  Where can you they go to come up with unique ideas to use to help kids make their own simple Christmas decorations?  Lucky for them the internet has just about eliminated this familiar challenge.  These days the quandary is which of the multitude of holiday decorating ideas to choose.

Some of the best sites for kid-friendly Christmas decorations are www.kaboose.com, www.dltk-holidays.com/xmas/index.html and www.amazingmoms.com/htm/christmas_crafts.  These sites offer some quick, simple and inexpensive ideas that teachers can use to help kids come up with holiday decorating projects to take home to the family.

Holiday Decorating and Crafting Supplies

Some of the best places to get supplies for these projects for kids are your local craft shops or the craft departments of your local discount store.  We found supplies for Christmas decorations as early as July in craft stores such as Hobby Lobby, Michaels and JoAnn Fabric Shops.  Of the large discount stores, Wal-Mart appears to be the one that offers the largest selection of home crafting materials.

xmas decoration craft project for kids 1Many of the materials we found we located in the floral departments of craft stores.  Here we found artificial boughs and holly, glitter poinsettias and an amazing array of floral pieces beyond our wildest dreams.  If you’ve a bit of creativity, visit one of these stores and let your imagination flow.  You’re sure to come up with your own original ideas like this beautiful, simple floral craft project that hangs on a door.  The only catch here is when you get into floral you can spend a bit more than if you stick to simple children’s projects with materials like foam, paper, glitter and the like.

Beautify Your Projects with Xmas light

xmas decoration craft project for kids 2If you’ve a bit more to spend, you can always add interest to holiday craft projects by adding some Xmas light.  We like to scan the stores after Christmas and pick up discount holiday lights sets.  These mini Christmas lights are inexpensive during the season, but if you wait until after the holiday and buy for the year ahead you can often purchase your strings for less than you would pay for wholesale holiday lights. Even large lights like those shown, if purchased at a discount, can be used in many uniquely creative ways.  After all, whatever way you choose to go, the kids you work with are sure to have fun and enjoy creating their very own special Christmas decorations.

Trends in Christmas Decorations–2009

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Research On Lights Decorations

If you’re getting ready for Christmas and planning ahead for your lights decorations, you might be interested in knowing what the coming season’s hottest trends are likely to be.  Lucky for you, we’ve done a lot of research and can give you a pretty good idea of what’s to come in Christmas lighting decorating for 2009.

Holiday Decorating to Go Green

trends in xmas decoration 1Scanning the market, one of the biggest trends we see coming is movement toward more eco-consciousness in holiday decorating. According to “Selling Christmas Decorations Magazine”, in a recent survey retailers reported that eco-conciousness was a factor in 23% of consumers purchases.  Decreased energy usage, longer lasting bulbs and LED lighting were sited as important considerations.  Bags,  receipts and other waste were also mentioned as customer concerns.

trends in xmas decoration 2The percentage of people looking for “green” Christmas decorations in 2008 was significant and is expected to continue to grow.  Natural products for holiday decorating is just beginning to influence buying habits according to many retailers. It appears environmentally-conscious products are expected to exert a growing influence in holiday decorating, especially among younger buyers.

LED Lighting–An Eco-Concious Product Anticipated to Grow

trends in xmas decoration 3Retailers also reported on holiday decorating products that are expected to continue to exhibit the greatest growth.  These products include indoor décor, ornaments–especially glass ornaments, pre-lit trees and options in LED lighting.

As we near the holiday shopping season you can expect to see retailers add some specific categories to their selections of merchandise for 2009.  More pet items, jewelry and personalized products are anticipated.  Other new and unique items that you may find this coming holiday season include inspirational items, personalized merchandise and foods as well as decorations and ribbons of high quality.  Just as the number of these categories are expected to grow still others are likely to be less prevalent this Christmas.  Trees, greeting cards, collectibles, paper tableware, stationery, inflatables, party goods and potpourri are likely to take up less space on retailer’s floors than in past seasons.

Some History of LED Christmas Lighting

Today, LED Christmas lights are being purchased every holiday season to replace their old incandescent string lights. They save money and frustration, but where did this holiday decorating phenomenon come from?

A Short History of Christmas String Lights

some history of led xmas lighting 58The tradition of lighting a tree for the celebration of Christmas originates in Germany in the 1600s and was only done by the most wealthy of people. In contrast to today’s electrical holiday lights, the trees were lit with many candles. The main purpose was not to illuminate the tree, but to shed light on the ornaments hung on the tree.

In 1882, while finding new uses for the incandescent light bulb, Thomas Edison’s assistant Howard Johnson conceived the idea of using smaller bulbs to light a Christmas tree. A great feat was accomplished when he lit up a tree in New York City with 80 small bulbs. It took about 20 years before electric Christmas lights were available in stores throughout the country.

LEDs Used in Holiday Lights

Oleg Vladimirovich Losev, a Russian radio technician, was the first to discover the LED (Light-Emitting Diode) technology while working on a radio in 1927. He found that one of the electrical diodes in the radio was emitting a fairly bright light. There was no real practical use for this technology until 1968 when the company Hewlett Packard starting using a small LED in its calculators.

some history of led xmas lighting 58 1Throughout the next three decades, the evolution of LEDs was ongoing. In the ‘70s, LEDs replaced incandescent indicator lights in machinery and electronics and through the ‘80s and ‘90s, different colors were introduced and according to christmas-lights-advice.com, it wasn’t until 1998 when LEDs were implemented into mini Christmas lights. And since then, LED Christmas lights have transformed into a low-energy, long-lasting staple in holiday decorating, saving Americans hundreds of dollars a year.

This Year Make Some of Your Own Christmas Decorations

Holiday Decorations for Do-It-Yourselfers

Hobbyists love Christmas!  In fact many crafters work all year creating Christmas decorations either to sell or use in their own homes or give as gifts.

Popular holiday decorating crafts may be as simple ornaments for the Christmas tree or as complex as creating Christmas wreaths with either natural or artificial pine boughs.  For homemade ornament ideas you might try www.kaboose.com.  This website is chock full of ideas for making ornaments out of simple items you’ll find around the home as well as with fairly inexpensive items available from craft stores like Michaels (www.michaels.com)  and Hobby Lobby (www.hobbylobby.com)

Wreath making–DIY Christmas Decorations

For wreath making, you might want to go traditional and create an evergreen wreath for your holiday decorating project.  Branches can be affixed to wire, styrofoam and a variety of other materials to make natural and attractive Christmas decorations.  For a wreath made with Mother nature’s own materials consult the ehow website for some easy, beautiful hand’s on wreaths you can make with your own energy, love and materials right from your yard and garden.  Enter http://www.ehow.com/how_11072_make-evergreen-wreath.html into your browser.  Yet another site with a variety of wreath making ideas is http://christmas.howstuffworks.com/how-to-make-a-christmas-wreath.htm.

Wreath Lighting–Advent Candle-Style or Electric Christmas Lights?
This year make some of your own xmas decorationsOnce you have your wreath may want to consider some of the various ways to achieve wreath lighting.  Traditionally candles were used and occasionally this is still done today.  Any number of candles can be placed in a fire-proof container and placed in or around your wreath.  Often wreath lighting is specifically of the advent type.  In this type of wreath lighting four or five candles are used. The four candles represent each of the Sunday’s before Christmas.  One candle is lit each Sunday for four weeks before Christmas.  As an alternative a fifth candle may be added which is then lit on Christmas Day.

In addition wreath lighting may be accomplished with today’s more modern and less hazardous method of using electric light bulbs.  Often mini Christmas lights or white holiday lights are wrapped around evergreen boughs to give a beautiful soft glow to the wreath.  Outdoor wreaths can be decorated with the larger c7 holiday lights or even the very large c9 holiday lights.  An even newer outdoor option is the c9 led type of Christmaslights.  Any way you choose to do your wreath lighting, it’s sure that your wreaths lights will add plenty to the festive holiday spirit.