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Christmas_Lights-1LED lighting for Christmas and New Years is the best way to help you and your family take in the holidays in a cost-efficient way without sacrificing the effect you want from high quality lighting. Here’s a few places where LED lighting will be making a splash this holiday season:

1. “The Ball” in New York City: The annual ball drop at Times Square used to be illuminated with Halogen lamps. That is, until 2006 when the city of New York implemented LED lights to reduce electrical costs and increase the useful lifespan of the individual bulbs. The same is true of the actual numbers that indicate the old and new calendar year during the ceremony. The last time halogen was used for the numerals was in 2009. Since 2010 the entire show has been celebrated in LED-fashion. According to Times Square NYC “the 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles are illuminated by 32,256 Philips Luxeon LEDs.”


2. The Wanamaker Organ and The Christmas Light Show in Philadelphia: The Wanamaker organ plays twice daily all year round except Sundays in downtown Philadelphia. Chief organist Peter Conte mans the 2.5 ton organ console in charge of some 28,604 metal pipes (second most in the world next to its only rival in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall).


Not impressed by the music? Check out the Christmas light show featuring nearly 100,000 LED lights. Roughly 34,500 LEDs (red, yellow, green, blue, purple, and cool white) grace the Macy’s Magic Christmas Tree while another 65,000 or so round out the rest of the show. According to Friends of the Wanamaker Organ, LEDs “use 90 percent less electricity than standard incandescent bulbs (which were from 5 to 7 watts per bulb in the old show)” and “LED colors are purer than incandescent colors.”

Wanamaker Organ Christmas Light Show Philadelphia (LED Lights)

3. The Floating Tree in Rio de Janeiro: The floating tree in Rio was first unveiled in 1996 and kicks off the holiday season with more than three million micro lightbulbs.


The event is sponsored by Brazilian insurance company Bradesco Segures and features the tree in different sections of the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon. The light show utilizes 100 LED reflectors that allow the Guinness World Record Book tree to adapt its display in terms of both color and display.




No matter where you are this holiday season we hope you enjoy the festivities and take a minute to realize how LEDs are enriching all of our

lives. If you need help with an LED retrofit project please don’t hesitate to reach out to Stouch Lighting. Happy holidays!

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