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Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Top 10 Christmas Light Displays Around the World

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Christmas memories can be made up of several things: chilly weather, fabulous Christmas parties, carols playing on the radio, nicely wrapped presents, and Christmas lights. Christmas light decorations have become such a large part of the holiday tradition that the yuletide season seems to be incomplete without them. In some places, however, the lights have gone beyond being a mere thing of tradition – great Christmas light displays have also been known to amaze and inspire. In some places, the best Christmas light shows are nothing but spectacular, breathtaking, and well worth a visit.

1. Disney World, Florida, USA

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A favorite destination whatever time of the year, Disney World has established itself as a prime vacation getaway with its numerous must-see sights, shops, and recreation spots. Dubbed as “the happiest place on earth,” Disney World may just be in the running for the brightest place in the planet come Christmas time. During the holiday season, the myriad lights that illuminate the site add to Disney World’s magical appeal. The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights is also a must-see Christmas tradition with its animated display of brilliant lights dancing to well-loved holiday tunes.

2. Forum des Halles, Paris, France

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The famous city of lights has its own share of must-see Christmas light displays. Located in the 1st arrondissement south of rue Montorgueil, the Forum des Halles is an open air center in the Les Halles area of Paris near the Louvre and the Centre Pompodou. The area is accentuated with magnificent sculptures, fountains, and mosaics. Its underground maze of shops and chic cafés are usually alive with energy, and when the Christmas season comes, the Christmas light decorations further enhance the festive ambiance, making it an ideal place for a Parisian night out.

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Switching to LED Christmas Lights

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The holiday season is usually synonymous with Christmas trees, festive decorations, and bright lights. Homes around the world put out their holiday best, stringing their trees and home exteriors in bright decorative lights to beautifully welcome the season.  However, such decorations do come at a steep price.

Holiday lights, for example, are usually to blame for the rising electricity bill during the last two months of the year. Additionally, covering a home in incandescent lights heightens the risk of house fires brought about by malfunctioning light bulbs, which are sometimes difficult to spot. It doesn’t help either that damaged Christmas lights are expensive to replace. So save a little this Christmas by incorporating LED Christmas lights into your holiday lighting design. After all, the pros of the product easily outweigh the cons of its initial expense.

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Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

LED Lights 101

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LED stands for light-emitting diode, a semiconductor light source introduced in 1962. LED technology was designed to give off low-intensity red light and originally used as indicator lamps in various machines. Today, it is also used for other lighting purposes.

Different uses for LED:

  • Aviation lighting
  • Automotive lighting
  • Advertising
  • General lighting
  • Traffic signals
  • Advanced communications technology
  • Remote control for electronics, such as televisions and DVD players
  • Household lighting

Advantages of LED Lights

  • Long operational life - For instance, the white LED’s lifespan is 100,000 hours or 11 years of continuous operation.
  • Energy-efficient – In traffic signals, a red light that contains 196 LEDs represents 10W against its incandescent equivalent that draws 150W.  It is estimated that LEDs save 82% to 93% potential energy.
  • No UV emissions and minimal infrared – LEDs are ideal for illuminating objects like paintings, which are UV light-sensitive.
  • Takes away the need for frequent bulb replacement
  • Saves money
  • Various colors are available
  • Durable
  • Easy to adjust
  • Lights instantly
  • Safer than incandescent bulbs

LED Christmas lights

As LED Christmas lights gained popularity, many people preferred them over traditional lights. Unlike standard incandescent bulbs, LEDs do not use filaments that burn out overtime and are not prone to excessive heat. An LED circuit can save as much as 80% of electrical power, which will be transformed to light energy. This minimizes energy consumption and the risk of fire.

Consider using LED Christmas lights next Christmas to enjoy the advantages and benefits they offer. Happy decorating!