homes-decorated-with-led-ligbtsThis holiday season, while admiring all the beautifully lit homes in your neighborhood, you may notice that some holiday lights are brighter and more vivid than others. According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), the reason for the added sparkle is that more homeowners are opting to decorate with LED lights instead of the traditional incandescent type.

“Incandescent bulbs have been used for decorating holiday trees since 1882, shortly after (Thomas) Edison invented and demonstrated his first practical incandescent bulbs on New Year’s Eve in 1879,” says Terry McGowan, ALA director of technology. “Now, more than a century later, incandescent holiday lights are being phased out as LED bulbs appear in a multitude of types, colors, sizes and string configurations.”

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