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Slideshow: LEDs Help Ring In the Holidays
12/22/2011

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The owner of this magnolia tree wrapped the trunk with pure white LED mini-lights and covered the branches with red mini-lights. A string of 100 LED lights burns just 4W.   (Source: holidayleds.com)
The owner of this magnolia tree wrapped the trunk with pure white LED mini-lights and covered the branches with red mini-lights. A string of 100 LED lights burns just 4W.
(Source: holidayleds.com)

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Beth Stackpole
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Holiday of lights
Beth Stackpole   12/22/2011 6:24:59 AM
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What a festive way to send out the year. It amazes me how much can be done particularly around color with these LEDs. The Alanta botanicals garden display was really something else and there are no words to describe the Japanese Santa that gets his power source from an electric eel. Eww. In all seriousness though, would these types of displays even been possible using traditional light sources and is the pricetag in doing them with LEDs more expensive, despite the precipitous drop in cost?

Rob Spiegel
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Nice slide show
Rob Spiegel   12/22/2011 9:58:59 AM
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That's a wonderful slide show, Chuck.

I particularly liked the Times Square ball and the display at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Lighting certainly looks different these days. And all while reducing the energy consumtion.

Beth Stackpole
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Re: Nice slide show
Beth Stackpole   12/22/2011 10:30:25 AM
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It's hard to imagine that those brilliant displays of color can actually be accomplished with a technology that has energy saving ramifications. You're are right Rob. Amazing how far lighting has come.

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Nice slide show
Rob Spiegel   12/22/2011 12:09:57 PM
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I'm also impressed by the wide range of lighting produced by the LED lights. Looking through these slides really shows the versatility in presentation. So as well as energy savings and long life, the LEDs are also providing a really assortment in presentation.

Tim
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LEDs
Tim   12/25/2011 3:19:15 PM
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We switched over to LEDs this year. The display looks great and being able to hook strand cut down the amount of extension cords that I needed for the display. Additionally, We have not had a tripped circuit breaker this season.

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Re: Nice slide show
Lauren Muskett   12/27/2011 10:21:44 AM
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The times square ball is my favorite as well. This season LED lights were everywhere and will gain even more popularity as time goes on.

Rob Spiegel
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Re: LEDs
Rob Spiegel   12/27/2011 11:50:43 AM
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Driving around and looking at lights this season, it was clear that LEDs having taken a big leap forward. The range in different types of lighting made a big difference in the quality of the displays this year.

RobLewis
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Moral Hazard?
RobLewis   12/27/2011 12:58:06 PM
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How come no one's talking about the moral hazard implied by more efficient lights? See, if people know LEDs save energy, they'll use more of them and could wind up with higher total energy consumption.

This, by the way, is the same argument that Steve Forbes once used to argue against higher fuel economy standards for cars: people will just drive more, leading to greater total consumption. Yes, he actually wrote that in his magazine. I immediately dashed off a letter congratulating him on (perhaps unintentionally) solving the fuel crisis: clearly, the way to reduce gasoline use woud be to mandate LOWER mileage for vehicles. Curiously, they didn't print my letter.

Happy New Year, everybody!

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Moral Hazard?
Rob Spiegel   12/27/2011 2:02:34 PM
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That's funny, Rob. I was actually going to respond to your comment until I read the part about Forbes' argument. The argument's a riot.

Tim
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Re: Moral Hazard?
Tim   12/28/2011 9:49:05 AM
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This is a great situation. People spend less on electricity , so they can buy more lights which requires more light production which creates more jobs. No jobs bill necessary.

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