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Think Pink: LED Lights for Breast Cancer Awareness

PinkWhiteHouseOctober” by Eric Draper – Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

We all know that pink is the color for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

  • Pink ribbons, inside and outside, on cupcakes, in your hair
  • Pink lights wrapped around trees and in the branches
  • The Gateway Arch in St. Louis turned pink
  • Runners with pink shirts, and pink hats, racing for the cure
  • Even the White House was turned pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • October is the month to “think pink” for breast cancer awareness

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Tips to Reduce the Environmental Impact of Your Halloween Celebration

Americans have many great holidays, and holiday traditions, including Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Halloween. Many of us celebrate these holidays by decorating, having parties, giving gifts, and traveling to be with family members. Americans love our holiday celebrations, and they wouldn’t be the same without the long-standing accompanying traditions, like turkey on Thanksgiving, trick-or-treating on Halloween, or Christmas lights on Christmas. However, most of our holiday traditions and customs result in a lot of excess consumption and other activities, that have an adverse impact on the environment. One of my favorite holidays, Halloween, is right around the corner and our celebrations of this great fall holiday will have a large adverse impact on the environment. It is estimated that Americans spend over $6.5 billion dollars on Halloween each year. Most of this money is spent on candy and Halloween costumes. Although much of the candy is presumably consumed, the candy packaging is not, and many of the costumes will be disposed. These are just two small examples of the environmental impact of Halloween. We are not advocating that we do away with Halloween candy or Halloween costumes; however, there is a lot we all can do to limit the impact our Halloween celebration has on the environment. Continue reading Tips to Reduce the Environmental Impact of Your Halloween Celebration

Decorate Your Fall Festival With Themed Halloween Lights

You know it’s time for the annual fall festival when warm summer days turn to crisp autumn nights, and the leaves begin to turn a kaleidoscope of colors. A fall festival offers a family-friendly alternative to traditional Halloween activities, and they are the most anticipated fall event for school fundraisers, church get-togethers, and neighborhood celebrations. Continue reading Decorate Your Fall Festival With Themed Halloween Lights

Celebrate Great Workers: Laborers and LEDs

Though Labor Day is now celebrated as a day of rest and relaxation at summer’s end, it really is a yearly tribute to American workers and their achievements—people who work hard and work efficiently—people who don’t easily quit. Labor Day was started by either Peter McGuire, general secretary of Carpenters and Joiners, or by Matthew Maguire, a machinist. It was first celebrated as a holiday in September 5, 1882 in New York City. It became a national holiday in 1887 and was originally celebrated with parades, picnics and speeches. Continue reading Celebrate Great Workers: Laborers and LEDs

Christmas Lights from China: the Ethics of Illumination

Picture Perfect Holiday Lights?

The holiday season is quickly approaching. You’re already picturing the tall pine tree strung with twinkling lights and adorned with your family’s heirloom ornaments. You can see the stacks of presents overtaking the floor space and can nearly smell the Christmas cookies in the oven—ah, the magic of season! Continue reading Christmas Lights from China: the Ethics of Illumination

Wrapping Trees with LED Christmas Lights

I have not written much about decorating with LED Christmas lights because I am far from an expert and honestly have very little experience. Everyone thinks because I am in the Christmas lighting business I must have a large beautiful Christmas light display but I am usually so busy leading up to Christmas that I barely have time to get the tree up. However, this past weekend I decorated a small tree in the courtyard of our home with some of our warm white wide angle single mold LED Christmas lights. The lights look great, and I did okay on the installation, but after this trial run and speaking to one of our Christmas light installer customers I think I’ll redo it so it looks a little better. Here a few things that I learned about wrapping trees with LED Christmas lights: Continue reading Wrapping Trees with LED Christmas Lights

How to Take Digital Photographs of LED Christmas Lights

Basics & Background

Taking pictures of LED Christmas lights can be difficult because digital camera sensors respond differently than do human eyes, making it nearly impossible to take a picture that reflects exactly what is seen. As an added challenge, natural sunlight is in flux, constantly changing in color and intensity. The art of photography is the ability to control and manipulate light, though many photographers have shifted focus from mastering light, to mastering post-production software like Adobe Photoshop. The key to successfully photographing an LED light display is to properly balance the ambient light of the surroundings, with the LED lights themselves. Manipulating setting on the digital camera can also help the photographer achieve this balance. Continue reading How to Take Digital Photographs of LED Christmas Lights

LED Christmas Light Shopping Guide and Buying Tips

Each year American families spend hundreds of millions of dollars decorating for Christmas, and other winter time holidays. A major cornerstone of most holiday decorating projects is the Christmas string light. Although the progress in lighting technology has moved slowly, there is a new and better option for holiday and Christmas lighting: LED lights. LED string lighting is still relatively new to most consumers, as it has only been widely available for a few years. Even thou this is a new technology, LED Christmas lights will most likely be even more prominent on retail shelves this year, than they were in years past. So, if you are shopping for LED Christmas lights this year, here are a few things you should consider: Continue reading LED Christmas Light Shopping Guide and Buying Tips