"Going green" has become a part of our daily lives. We recycle paper and plastic. Our appliances and vehicles are also enegry efficient.  Going green with LED is now the choice in holiday lighting as well.

The price for LED lighting is a bit more than the standard incandescent bulbs we've seen in the past but the energy savings, longevity and low maintenance more than make up for the cost difference.

An LED bulb consumes only 1/10 the amount of energy of an incandescent bulb.  For example, a typical 50-light string of incandescent bulbs uses 20.4 watts of power, while our Pro-Grade 50-light strings only use either 2.4 or 4.8 watts per string (depending on the color) yet produce the same or even more output. That's a savings on your electric bill of 77% to 89%. And that's only the beginning……..

Longevity is another important advantage to using LED lighting. The standard incandescent mini lights are rated at 3,000 hours, our Pro-Graded Minibrites rate at…..are you ready for this? 50,000 hours!!!! That's approximately 16 times longer, which means 16 less times you'll need to replace the light string.

A few other advantages of using LED for your holiday lighting displays are LED lights are much smaller than the traditional bulb, making it much easier to put up your lights and allows you to be more creative in your holiday displays.  Have I mentioned that LED lights also operate much cooler than other bulbs?  In fact, they only exhibit a temperature variation of 1 degree, making them a much safer option than incandescent light sets. This gives you more freedom in decorating outdoor plants and greenery, which would be prone to catching fire if you used other bulbs.

You have probably seen a house like this many times during the Christmas season: a rather bland home transformed into an incredible visual site by the addition of a number of colored lights. Or, more specifically, the home is adorned with a number of shining and unique Christmas lights that change a mere domicile into a unique shrine of Christmas love and cheer.

Christmas LightsSuch homes are truly a sight to behold because the wonderful commitment to the holiday season promoted by those who create such incredible Christmas displays create a certain ambiance and mood in the neighborhood that confirms that Christmas is a special time of the year and that it brings out special feelings and traditions. While such displays are truly wonderful, there are costs associated with them and these costs can get out of control if one is not completely careful.

Cost Efficiency and Christmas Lights

“My lights are not hooked up to the moon” is a popular colloquialism that is often used to describe wasting energy. (Loosely translated, it is a nice way of saying your abuse of my electricity is causing my bills to skyrocket!) While it is a somewhat silly and funny way of politely reminding a person of fiscal responsibility, it is also a very important notion to pay attention to particularly if you are an individual who is operating on a budget. While it is incredibly nice to provide the neighborhood with a wonderful display of Christmas lights, one must also realize that the electric meter is running while those lights are on. So, there comes a huge utility cost when such lighting is employed.

How can you reduce costs when it comes to Christmas lights? Basically, keep the display of Christmas lights restricted to times when someone can actually appreciate them. Often, people will have their Christmas displays on during the day and this is not the wisest move. The light from the sun will diminish the visual allure of the lights and render it inconsequential.

And, speaking of inconsequential, why do people leave their Christmas lights on all through the night when the number people able to see and appreciate them will be reduced? Keep it simple folks: turn on the lights during the early evening and shut them off before you go to bed. This will keep costs down and the volume of appreciation way up.

Written by Bill Prudehome

You've spent hundreds if not thousands of dollars on your landscaping, and as long as there is daylight, everyone is truly impressed. However, as dusk falls and the light fades all of the sweat that you invested disappears into the night. The proper placement and design of outdoor lighting not only shows your efforts when there is no natural sunlight, but it will enhance the features even more.

The purpose of landscape lighting is:

  • Provide safety and security,
  • Enhance the look and appearance of the landscaping.
  • The purpose is not to create "daylight".

    There are 8 types of landscape lighting:

    Down Lighting – placing spot or flood lights in high position on your home or in a tree pointing downward will provide a very soft effect.

    Up Lighting – mounting fixtures, spot, flood, or in ground lights on the ground or ground surface pointing upwards will accent a specific object.

    Cross Lighting – using spot or flood lights mounted on your home a tree, or fence so that they the light is horizontal will create an array of soft but interesting shadows.
    Shadowing – intentionally creating shadows, such as having a tree of shrub appear on a wall, can truly make a wondrous scene. This can be accomplished with the appropriate use of spot, flood and in-ground fixtures.
    Silhouetting – silhouetting is the technique of placing a spot, flood or in ground light installed behind an object such as a tree or bush.

    Accent Lighting – provides definition as it is the application of intense light aimed at a specific object, contrasting the lit object against the dark night background. To accomplish accent lighting install spot lights as either cross or up lighting.

    Spread Lighting – creates a spherical pattern of light and should be used to highlight groups of flowers or shrubs. The best method to accomplish this is to use flood down lighting.

    Grazing Light – to enhance and display the texture of a tree or shrub, position a spot light so that it just illuminates the outside fringe of the object.

    Successful landscape lighting is not an overly expensive project if you invest some time in proper planning.

    More than 30 of experience in residential new construction, home renovation, remodel, home repair and landscaping. Visit Bill's website Renovation Headquarters.

    For all your Christmas decorating needs, visit LightTheNight.com and be sure to look at the Custom Christmas Displays available.

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