Christmas time is here!! And we all know what that means – Christmas Lights!! This is the one area of lighting where LED has been superior for years. No more searching though miles of cable for the one bulb that’s broken and no more flickery dimming on the tree!
You take them down from the loft, happy in the knowledge that you put them away so carefully last year that they can’t possibly be tangled. Yet, they are and so you spend the first hour of your Christmassy preparations crouched on the floor carefully picking apart the knotted cable.
There’s a huge range of lights available these days for both inside and out your home – traditional string lights in various colours to wrap around your tree, perhaps on a garland up the banister or just draped anywhere there’s a space. Icicle effect lights, novelty characters such as snowmen, reindeer and even the man himself, Father Christmas. Not to mention light up nativity scenes and inflatables. Christmas would not be Christmas without excessive lights!
High Streets everywhere try to replicate the Blackpool illuminations – London especially has pulled out all the stops this year and their displays are beautiful – the angels along Oxford Street are breathtaking. Canary Warf have even installed an LED Ice rink “with more than 8km of LED lights laid beneath the ice. It will showcase more than 16 million different colours every session and swathe skaters in an abundance of magical light to create a truly immersive skating experience.” (http://www.icerinkcanarywharf.co.uk) This just shows the technological advances that have been possible thanks to LED!
Even Blenhiem Palace, the stunning stately home we lit up a couple of years ago has gone all out on it’s festive offering: They’ve partnered with Raymond Gubbay Ltd to create a new one-mile multi-sensory path, including a scented fire garden, fibre-optic lawns and twinkling hedges. The lake is illuminated with lit-up boats, the fountains cascade in time to Christmas music, the waterfall is bathed in colour and the arbour sparkles with fairy lights.
The Lightmaster tree went up on Monday (a sad little affair considering our lighting skill!) so we’re all fully into the spirit this year!!
Whatever you do with your festive break, fill it with lights!