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Why you shouldn’t buy your LED Christmas lights at WalMart

You may be surprised to find that there is quite a difference in quality when shopping for LED Christmas lights depending on where you purchase them. From the retail or novelty products at your local big box store, to the commercial or premium grade products offered here at Holiday LED’s, and everything in between.

Each year we get several emails from distraught consumers, about the defective LED Christmas lights they purchased from various big box stores. The story is always the same: the consumer purchases the lights, pays double the cost that they would for traditional incandescents, and the lights stopped working in less than one year. Without fail, the big box chain that they purchased their faulty lights from refer the customer to the manufacturer, with whom the customer has had no contact or relationship. (A large number of big box stores get their lights from “Holiday Time” and customers unfortunately believe that we are the manufacturer, because our name contains the word Holiday.) Unfortunately, the customer is probably not going to have much luck getting a replacement from “Holiday Time”, if they can find a way to contact them at all. And even if they can find them, they’ll probably have to pay to ship their lights back, and then pay return shipping for the replacement set (which will be of equally low quality).

So, what are the major differences in quality between the high quality LED lights and strings that are sold here, and what you can find at your local big box store:

  • All Product we sell, with the exception of the Color-Rite Line, will have 1-Piece Bulb Construction – For additional information on this benefit, please see our article One-Piece vs Two-Piece Construction Christmas Lights

  • Color Consistency – White colors are specified and matched to samples we provide – Multi Color combinations will have even color distribution (all colors have the same amount of bulbs)

  • Full-Wave Rectified – Higher Quality sets, that produce a flicker free, super bright, and consistent light output.

  • Reliability – We have purchased from the same factories for over 10 years, and only purchase UL approved, RoHS compliant, and Energy Star labeled Products.

  • Variety – Wide selection of bulb styles with over 20 color options, Green, Brown, and White Wire Options, and many more specialty products!

  • Product Knowledge and Service – We can assist with:
    • Selecting the right product for your project
    • Estimating the amount of product needed
    • Assisting with design/lay-out
    • Can provide technical assistance or specifying information

As with most things, you get what you pay for. Our LED Christmas lights cost more than what you’ll find at big box retailers, but they will last longer and be more energy efficient. More importantly, if they are not what we advertise, you can just call us and we will gladly replace them. We stand behind our products. Our lights cost more, because they are higher quality, and we back them up with a strong warranty and outstanding customer service. At the end of the day, big box stores, are charging consumers double for an LED product that has no chance of lasting much longer than an incandescent string or bulb. So if you are looking for cheap, throw away Christmas lights, don’t waste your money on LEDs from the big box stores–buy the cheapest incandescent lights you can find, and at least you will get what you paid for.

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Selecting the best bulb shape

Not many people take a huge interest in 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 of Christmas light bulb sizes, shapes, and applications that are available. There are differences between the options, and it is good to know a little about the choices available before you go shopping.

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This Thanksgiving, Kindle the Growth of Gratitude

“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

Thanksgiving is the time of year to ponder, “What am I thankful for?” But, rather than keeping it as a once-a-year exercise at the feast, gratitude is an attitude worth growing. Here’s why: Continue reading This Thanksgiving, Kindle the Growth of Gratitude

LED Holiday Lights Vs. Incandescent Holiday Lights: Time to Convert?

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.

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How Many Lights for My Christmas Tree? The Holiday Math Riddle

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.) Continue reading How Many Lights for My Christmas Tree? The Holiday Math Riddle

Holiday Teas It’s High Time to Start the Tradition

“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. Continue reading Holiday Teas It’s High Time to Start the Tradition

Festivals of Lights Multiplying the Magic of Christmas

Fireworks at Celebration of Light, Kits Beach
Fireworks at Celebration of Light, Kits Beach by Random89 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

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. Continue reading Festivals of Lights Multiplying the Magic of Christmas

Many Shades of White: Warm vs Cool LED Christmas Lights

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.

Don’t worry—we can clear it all up for you! Continue reading Many Shades of White: Warm vs Cool LED Christmas Lights

LED Holiday Lights: Not the Law, but the Smart Thing to Do

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.) Continue reading LED Holiday Lights: Not the Law, but the Smart Thing to Do