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June 16, 2008

We frequently help our customers analyze the cost savings that can be achieved by using LED lights instead of incandescents. The calculations to determine the cost savings are not very complicated but it is a lot easier with a good conversion calculator handy. Our Energy Scrooge Calculator provides some interesting information about the benefits of LED lights but we've ever written about how to calculate the exact savings one can expect by replacing their old incandescent Christmas lights with LED lights. Here's the data you will need to perform...

June 4, 2008

We have received a fairly steady set of inquires about powering LED Christmas lights with DC power and decided it was time to do some research and provide some information to our users. As a starting point, most standard Christmas light sets are wired for standard household AC or alternating current. This means that they cannot be power with DC or direct current without some modification. However, there are some sets of LED Christmas lights that are battery operated and already wired for DC. We will be offering battery operated sets this fall.

May 12, 2008

UL or Underwriter's Laboratory is an independent product certification organization which creates standards and tests electrical and other products for many U.S. and foreign manufacturers. One of the many products UL certifies is Christmas lights or decorative string lighting. The current certification, known as UL 588, limits the end-to-end connection of string lights to just three sets. This standard has recently been revised to reflect the great differences between LED and incandescent lighting technology.

(*Since the writing of this article UL has updated their standards for LED Christmas lights. Read about the new UL standards.)

Underwriter's Laboratory (UL) is a non-governmental for-profit product safety certification organization. UL has become the industry standard for safety certification of electronic devices in the U.S. UL certification is not a legal requirement but most reputable companies who manufacture or sell electronic devices seek the certification of UL.

I'm not sure that there was much debate about this with incandescent Christmas lights (or much of a choice for that matter) because the ability to change the incandescent bulbs was an absolute requirement because the lamps would not last very long. With the introduction of high-quality, long-lasting LED Christmas lights the ability to change the lamps became less of an issue. This is because a high quality LED light should last for about 50,000 hours. Because having the ability to change the bulbs became less of an important feature with LED holiday lights one of the major manufacturers...

May 1, 2008

Unlike traditional incandescent lighting technology, LED lights are not constantly on. That is, all LEDs flicker or turn on and off at a very high rate of speed. This is one of the reasons that they are so much more efficient, but it also can cause some undesirable effects in the appearance of the lights. Currently, there are two different types of LED Christmas tree lights on the market: 1) full wave; and 2) half wave.

April 23, 2008

Our Earth Day event was a great success. Thank you to all who participated. We are pleased to announce that we were able to introduce nearly 100 people to LED Christmas lights for free. All free Christmas lights that were won through our give-away will be shipped to the winning participants by the end of this month.

Last year Christmas lights using energy efficient light emitting diodes or LEDs were all over the news. The new holiday lighting technology hit the market at a time when the green movement was experiencing renewed dedication and vigor. After the holiday craze for the new Christmas tree lights subsided, consumers and industry critics began evaluating the performance of the new technology.

March 30, 2008

I read an editorial this afternoon in the Barrie Examiner from Ontario, Candada entitled "Earth Hour Meaningless." I probably wouldn't have known about Earth Hour if Google hadn't decided to support it and turn it's home page black. Earth Hour was last night and willing participants were supposed to turn out the lights from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. top raise awareness of conservation and global climate change.