LED Christmas Lights for the Rockefeller Tree and You

They’ve towed in the Rockefeller Christmas Tree which means its time we start thinking the same thing. Last year we pulled some tips for hanging Christmas lights and we want to remind you to stay safe on that ladder while decorating.
We just found out that LEDs will illuminate the Rockefeller Tree this year and we believe that LEDs truly emerge as the Christmas lights of choice and for good reason. Manufacturers claim a power saving of up to 90% and 100 x more longevity. But some consumers claim the lights aren’t as bright and that bulbs may last but the casings rust easily and if one goes out you can’t replace it like a normal incandescent bulb.
Read these articles and decide for yourself but we still have a soft spot for the glow and nostalgia of traditional Christmas lights especially the bubble lights that we grew up with.
Pros and Cons of LED Christmas lights [Gizmodo]
LED Christmas Lights [Inhabitat]
UPDATE: Beyond the LED’s this year’s Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center is now solar powered and every effort has been made to make this year’s tree as “green” as possible. More after the jump.

More items of note regarding the Christmas tree this year.

When the the Rockefeller Center tree is lighted up on Nov. 28, it will feature 30,000 light-emitting diodes along five miles of wire, reducing energy consumption from 3,510 kilowatt hours to 1,297 kilowatt hours per day, according to Tishman Speyer, the development company that manages Rockefeller Center. The energy saved is equivalent to what a family would use in one month in a 2,000-square-foot home.
The City Hall news release also boasted that this year’s tree was cut with a handheld saw for the first time, to reduce energy consumption.
The company says it is “replanting/re-greening” the land where the tree came from and recycling all appropriate materials used during what it delicately calls “the cutting event.”
After Christmas, the tree will be “milled and treated and made into lumber to be used by Habitat for Humanity.”
But for now, the tree will be lighted for 42 days and draw electricity from a new 363-panel solar energy roof, which the mayor’s office said “will be the largest privately owned solar energy generation station in Manhattan.”

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