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LED Christmas and Holiday Lighting Frequently asked Questions

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Here are some answers to questions you may have about the LED decorative lights we sell.

Q: What can you tell us about who makes the LED Christmas lights you sell?
A: Our lights are made by Holiday Creations, a subsidiary of Diogen. Diogen is the first company to EnergyStar approval on their LED lights. That is why organizations all over the country are using award winning Holiday Creations LED lights. Like who? How about the National Christmas Tree in Washington D.C. Or the City of Denver, City of Rochester, City of Baltimore and more. Recent awards: Home Safety Award - Holiday Creations awarded for outstanding safety in a consumer product. For you that means Zero recalls and Zero product-caused injuries. Power Smart Excellence Award - This award was given to Holiday Creations recognizing their contribution to power conservation in Canada.

Q: Is there a quick way to figure out how many lights I will need for my tree?

A: This is only a ballpark idea, because everyone has their own opinion of how a tree should look, but you can use this as a guide. For subtle tree lighting, plan to use 50 lights for every foot of tree. For moderate lighting, plan on 100 lights for every foot of tree, or to create dazzling lighting use 150-200 lights for every foot of tree. If you're using large tree lights like C6, C7 or C9, rather than the mini lights, you will probably want to use fewer lights. 

The 100-light recommendation will allow more room for ornaments and foliage to be seen, but the 150 recommendation will create a stronger twinkling effect. Slender trees will light up just fine with 100 lights per foot, but you will want to use 150 Christmas lights per foot for a tree with thick, full foliage. Here's a light count guide for quick reference:
• For a 6-foot tree: 600-900 Christmas lights
• For a 7-foot tree: 700-1050 Christmas lights
• For an 8-foot tree: 800-1200 Christmas lights
• For a 9-foot tree: 900-1350 Christmas lights
• For a 10-foot tree: 1000-1500 Christmas lights

Again, this is a subjective guide and dependent upon your personal tastes.  If you  have the time (or inclincation) to make a sophisticated calculation check out this Christmas lighting calculator.

Q: What is the maximum number of light strings that can be connected together?
A: For UL sets, the maximum wattage is 210 watts. Generally, this is about 43 sets. Commercial grade products because of their heavier gauge wire can connect 58 sets.. Refer to the white cord tag on the light string and the instruction sheet to determine the number of sets to connect end to end.

Q: What is the power consumption of LED light strands? How much can I expect to save on energy?
A: Holiday Creation L.E.D. light strings typically consume 2-4 Watts for each single string depending on length and color. Double or triple sets consume proportionally more power. An example of energy savings: A typical family spends about $30+ a year during the holiday season to light their Christmas lights. Image reducing this to $3 or less. Each LED string can save dollars per month. For example, if 5 light strings (70 lights per string) are used 8 hours a day, 7 days a week and the electricity rate is only .08 cents, our LED lights will save $33 dollars every month. And maybe more depending on where you live. Our lights initially cost more than conventional lights but they more than pay for themselves. With typical seasonal usage, and assuming that conventional lights are replaced every 2 years or so our LED lights may very well be the last lights you buy.

Q: Which LED Color is the brightest?
A: Brightness varies with L.E.D. color and increases every year with advances in L.E.D. technology. Just as 2003 models are much brighter than their 2002 counterparts are, the 2009 models are brighter than those available in 2008. In addition, we offer a line of extremely bright light strings (which use very expensive L.E.D.s) specifically for commercial installations. These strings are rarely sold in stores, but we have them available.

Q: I'd like a different color combination. Can I interchange different color L.E.D.s? Or replace the bulb?
A: No. Each color of L.E.D. requires a different amount of power in order to work at its highest efficiency. If you were to place, a blue L.E.D. in a socket designed for a red L.E.D. then it would hardly light. This is why our strings of lights have been designed with Non-Replaceable bulbs. The manufacturing process includes the injecting of plastic material over the connection of the L.E.D. and the copper wire. The husk or socket that normally holds the bulb is actually a one-piece injection on our set. This means that the L.E.D. cannot be removed from the socket and therefore no replacement L.E.D. (s) will ever be needed.

Q: Can I find your product without lead in the wires? What are the hazards?
A: Forever Bright Lights use a standard wire containing trace amounts of lead. This is the same wire that every other light string manufacturer uses that we know of. We choose wire suppliers who claim the lowest lead content that still meets all insulation safety standards. Decorative light strings sold in the State of California require a label alerting consumers to the lead contained in the wire insulation. We print this warning on all of our products, regardless of where they are sold. The potential hazard is controversial because the actual amount of lead is minute and because studies conducted on people handing such wire every day for years have been inconclusive. We neither endorse nor oppose the wire insulation standards, but do recommend washing your hands.

Q: Do the L.E.D. products have a Limited Lifetime Guarantee?
A: If the L.E.D.'s in this set fail within one year from the date of purchase, exchange it where purchased following their return policy. If the L.E.D.'s in this set fails after the first year from the date of purchase, ship it prepaid with proof of purchase to the address below. We will replace the set with a comparable set or refund the purchase. This guarantee excludes damage resulting from accident, alteration or misuse of the product. The guarantee specifically excludes electrical wiring.

Q: I bought a string of blue L.E.D. Lights. When lit up, the color varies. Why does this happen? Warning: Scientific explanation follows.
A: L.E.D. chips will emit only a specific color regardless of the coloration of the plastic shell surrounding them. Color differences between L.E.D. lamps are normal and will be the most noticeable in the yellow and blue. A typical "blue" L.E.D. lamp will emit a measured color between 450 and 490 NM (nanometers). However, the greatest number of L.E.D. lamps will fall inside the 460-470 NM range. In order to keep the product cost reasonable the manufacturer does everything possible to minimize waste.

Blue L.E.D. lamps are very expensive because there is approximately a 25% waste factor, and the base material required to manufacture the lamps is a synthetic sapphire. If we only used blue L.E.D. lamps that were close enough in color that the human eye couldn't tell the difference, the waste factor would be much greater and the cost of the light sets would be much higher then they already are.
The longest wavelengths (480-490 NM) shift a bit toward green, and they are the ones described as teal blue. The two middle ranges (470-480 NM and 460-470 NM) are the most common and comprise the majority of the light sets. The shortest wavelengths (450-460 NM) start to shift toward violet.

Q: What is the difference between Warm White and Pure White?
A: Warm White L.E.D.s tend to be more yellowish or have a softer white color, they are often compared to traditional incandescent candlelight color. Pure White L.E.D.s have more of a brighter pure white. Earlier models of pure white tended to have a bluish hue. Improvements in the quality of producing pure white LED’s has virtually eliminated this bluish tinge in our lights.

Have questions not addressed here, contact us and we will do our best to answer them.



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