Giant String of LED Lights Illuminates New York City’s Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center

It goes without saying that LED lights are the future. They afford a brighter illumination than any of their predecessors. In addition, they’re eco-friendly.

Even those who balk at the investment—yes, they’re more expensive than fluorescent or incandescent lighting—have started to jump on the LED bandwagon, especially where lighting their Christmas trees is concerned. The brighter, merrier appearance of the lights reflecting against their cherished ornaments is just one reason. The other is the longevity of these strings of lights. They last significantly longer than the traditional strings—you know, the ones that require frequent replacing of bulbs?

Skeptics might be interested in knowing that one of the biggest, brightest Christmas trees in the entire United States is lit with LED Christmas lights. This year’s tree—a stately Norway Spruce—arrived in New York City just days ago, from Pennsylvania. It is the largest that has ever graced the Plaza, coming it at an impressive 75 feet in stature. How many LED lights will it take to light this stunning Christmas tree?

Today Show host Dylan Dreyer shared some details about this year’s Christmas tree, as it arrived at the spot where it will stand for the next several weeks.

“Once the 12.5-ton spruce stands upright, it will be wrapped in more than 50,000 LED lights on around five miles of wire and topped with a 25,000-crystal Swarovski star,” she explained.

While it’s uncertain how much it costs to purchase 50,000 LED lights strung onto five miles of wire, it stands to reason those same lights will no doubt be lighting the Christmas tree on Rockefeller Plaza for years to come. That same mindset should be incorporated in the millions of homes across the country with families who decorate Christmas trees with strands of electric lights every year. No one really knows how many strands of Christmas tree lights have gone into landfills over the years? In addition, they’ve proven dangerous to animals that get caught up in them.

Consider switching to LED Christmas tree lights this year. When you do, contact your local city or town hall and ask for their suggestions on recycling your old strands of Christmas tree lights.

Those interested will enjoy watching the lighting of the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center—and those 50,000 LED Christmas tree lights. The lighting takes place on November 29th. It will remain lit until January 7, 2018.


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