Not many people study Christmas lights. Most people pull the lights out of the closet or attic sometime around Thanksgiving, hang them on the Christmas tree, or drape them over some bushes, and then take them down after New Years. If you are thinking about replacing those old incandescent lights this year with energy-efficient LED string lights you may be surprised at all the options available. There are differences between the options, and it is good to know a little about the choices available before you go shopping.
“Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude.”
— A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
Conversion is not the smooth, easy-going process some seem to think – John Bunyan
Only the wisest and stupidest never change. Confucius
Changes are difficult, even ones that are helpful. Ever keep walking around a needed change, circling it, yet never stepping down that path?
Many people have heard about the benefits of changing to LED Christmas lighting. Some aren’t convinced there’s a need. Others are convinced, but the change seems overwhelming, especially with all the expense and busyness that’s already part of the holiday. But especially for townships, municipalities, businesses, or individuals with large holiday light displays, it may be time for conversion.
Here are some reasons to consider making the change.
Remember those riddles from math class?
“What digit is the most frequent between the numbers 1 and 1,000 (inclusive)? Don’t solve this riddle by doing all of the math; rather try to figure out a pattern.”
“A merchant can place 8 large boxes or 10 small boxes into a carton for shipping. In one shipment, he sent a total of 96 boxes. If there are more large boxes than small boxes, how many cartons did he ship?”
And there are also math tricks. “Think of any number. Double the number. Add 9 to the result. Subtract 3 from that. Divide by 2. Subtract that number from the first number you started with. Your answer is 3.” (Really, it is 3.)
“Doing nothing is respectable at tea.” —Saying quoted in Sasaki Sanmi, Sadô Sajiki
The holiday pre-season is here—the perfect time to pause for tea, and “do nothing” for a short while. Many individuals plan an annual holiday tea party with friends before the rush of the season takes over. A number of restaurants and inns offer holiday tea time once a week during the busy season. Whether you’re an individual that loves the tea tradition or the owner of a restaurant, this could become a favorite event to host. You simply need to choose a theme, know your teas, select edibles, and decorate for the event.
How would you like to bundle a few of your favorite things together in one holiday experience? Spectacular lights, sleigh rides, Santa visits, holiday music, great food, ice skating, shopping, parades, and fireworks. Festivals of Lights pull together many joys of the season into one well-orchestrated, amplified experience. Though the festivals have their origins in diverse cultural celebrations, they have morphed into extravagant, new celebrations to welcome the holidays. In France, there is the Fetes des Lumieres; in Ontario, there is the Festival of Northern Lights. Berlin’s Festival of Lights lasts 12 nights starting in October, and London’s lasts 6 weeks. Now, a growing number of cities in the U.S. have spectacular Festivals of Lights as well.
“Heroes are made by the paths they choose, not the powers they are graced with.”
—Brodi Ashton, Everneath
You remember learning about the color spectrum years ago in Physical Science 101? Do you also have a dim memory of some guy named “Kelvin”? Before you purchase or add to your Christmas light collection this season, you may want to refresh what you learned about color spectrum, Kelvin, and temperature. If you don’t, you may end up with white lights that are different shades of white and don’t match.
For the first time, a new poll shows that a majority of Americans are aware that the traditional incandescent light bulb (that you would screw into a light socket) is being phased out, in favor of more energy efficient choices. But people are still confused about what’s covered, and some still think the federal government has “banned” the incandescent light bulb. (For the record, it hasn’t. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 passed under President George W. Bush simply sets higher efficiency standards that the older bulbs can’t meet.)