Growing List Of Cities Switching To LED Holiday Tree Lights
Colorado Springs, CO - Old Colorado City, the national historic district of Colorado Springs, joins a growing list of cities switching to low energy tree lights. Colorado Springs will have a new LED look this year for its annual 'Its Christmas in Old Colorado City' event.
The city's town managers decided to trade in their inefficient incandescent holiday lights for LED Christmas lights. "I read a lot about the benefits of LED holiday lighting online and we decided it was the economically and environmentally responsible thing to do," said Nancy Stovall, member of the Board of Directors of the Old Colorado City Associates and coordinator of the 'Its Christmas in Old Colorado City" event.
The city purchased 120 new sets of multi-colored LED Christmas tree lights which it will use to decorate the 30' Blue Spruce located in the center of their town, the corner of 25th St. and Colorado Avenue. The new LED lights are 80% more efficient than the incandescent mini lights they will replace and are rated to last for more than 200,000 hours.
The new lights will be installed in early November but will not be illuminated until sometime during the week of Thanksgiving. The lights, which will remain illuminated until after the 1st of the year, only consume .072 watts of energy per bulb. During the estimated 45 days that the lights will be illuminated they will consume only 233.3 KWh of electricity and cost an estimated $26. In contrast, the old incandescent lights which they will replace would consume 2430 KWh during the same period and cost the City about $270. "It really just makes economic sense for Cities who do large holiday lighting displays to switch to LEDs," said Michael J. O'Connor, co-owner of HolidayLEDs.com a new ecommerce company specializing in LED Christmas lights.
The list of cities now switching to LED lights includes:
Old Colorado City, CO (Colorado Springs)
Cut Bank, Montana
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Ann Arbor, MI
For more information on LED Christmas lights www.holidayleds.com.