Monday, January 7, 2013

Last Christmas Tree Lights

I grew up with a Christmas tree decorated with lots of lights. Our family tree was loaded with opaque C7 lights. The tree would glow so warm it would heat the thermostat and make the rest of the house cold during the season. My parents were always worried about starting a fire and telling us to limit the time the tree lights were on. When they became available, we decorated the tree with cool bright lights. Once mini-lights were introduced, I started to add them to the tree.

Most of our Christmas trees were the same decorated with cool bright bulbs and mini-lights. Then in 2007 we bought our first sets of LED lights. They were super and replaced our C7 bulbs. We kept the midget lights until this year. This year I found a great looking set of midget LED's and replaced on of the two midget light sets.

C7 Clear Lights at a whopping 143 degrees

LED replacements near room temperature 76 degrees

Mini lights at 115 degrees

Mini LED's at 76 degrees

The energy savings is amazing and the tree still looks great. Lighting an entire tree with 45 watts is a wonderful energy savings, and the LED's look great.

2003 with lights

2012 with LED's

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