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A brief history of the origins of christmas lights

Public venues[ edit ] Displays of Christmas lights in public venues and on public buildings are a popular part of the annual celebration of Christmas, and may be set up by businesses or by local governments. The displays utilize Christmas lights in many ways, including decking towering Christmas trees in public squares, street trees and park trees, adorning lampposts and other such structures, decorating significant buildings such as town halls and department stores, and lighting up popular tourist attractions such as the Eiffel Tower and the Sydney Opera House.

Neighborhoods[ edit ] From the 1960s, beginning with tract housing in the U. The Holiday Trail of Lights is a joint effort by cities in east Texas and northwest Louisiana that had its origins in the Festival of Lights and Christmas Festival in Natchitochesstarted in 1927, making it one of the oldest light festivals in the United States.

Fulton Street in Palo Alto, Californiahas the nickname "Christmas Tree A brief history of the origins of christmas lights due to the display of lighted Christmas trees on the sides of the street. A familiar pastime during the holiday season is to drive or walk around neighborhoods in the evening to see the lights displayed on and around other homes. While some homes have no lights, others may have incredibly ornate displays which require weeks to construct. A rare few have even made it to the Extreme Christmas TV specials shown on HGTVat least one requiring a generator and another requiring separate electrical service to supply the amount of electrical power required.

In Australia and New Zealandchains of Christmas lights were quickly adopted as an effective way to provide ambient lighting to verandas, where cold beer is often served in the long hot summer evenings. Since the late twentieth century, increasingly elaborate Christmas lights have been displayed, and driving around between 8 and 10 p.

  • In addition, European Christians used to display a burning candle in the windows of their house that was visible from the outside;
  • Environment, recycling, and safety[ edit ] Christmas lights, Bangkok Christmas lighting does lead to some extensive recycling issues;
  • The London obelisk was almost lost in a storm that claimed six lives, but the New York obelisk was less disastrous, if no less arduous;
  • In 1895, the first White House electrically lit Christmas tree was sponsored by President Grover Cleveland, which brought national attention to the trend;
  • When Edison patented the light bulb in 1880, its exact value was hard to gauge; widespread electrification was still decades away;
  • Framed motifs can be lit using mini lights or ropelight, and larger scale motifs and sculptures may use C7 bulbs.

In some areas Christmas lighting even becomes a fierce competition, with town councils offering awards for the best decorated house, in other areas it is seen as a co-operative effort, with residents priding themselves on their street or their neighbourhood.

The town of Lobethal, South Australiain the Adelaide Hillsis famed for its extensive Christmas lighting displays and many residents go to great effort to put on the best light display in the town. Residents from the nearby city of Adelaide often drive up to the town to view them. Other holidays[ edit ] In the United Stateslights have been produced for many other holidays.

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  • A familiar pastime during the holiday season is to drive or walk around neighborhoods in the evening to see the lights displayed on and around other homes;
  • Setting up a tree by the street-side window of his parlor, Johnson hand-wired 80 red, white and blue light bulbs and strung them together around it, and placed the trunk on a revolving pedestal, all powered by a generator.

These may be simple sets in typical holiday colors, or the type with plastic ornaments which the light socket fits into. Light sculptures are also produced in typical holiday icons. Halloween is the most popular, with miniature light strings having black-insulated wires and semi-opaque orange bulbs. Later sets had some transparent purple bulbs a representation of black, similar to blacklighta few even have transparent green, or a translucent or semi-opaque lime green possibly representing slime as in Ghostbustersor creatures like goblins or space aliens.

Two types of icicle lights are sold at Halloween: Easter lights are often produced in pastels. These typically have white wire and connectors. Closeup of a mini light Strings on piping and on a menorah Red, white, and blue lights are produced for Independence Dayas well as U.

A Brief History of Christmas Tree Lights

Net lights have been produced with the lights in a U. In 2006, some stores carried stakes with LEDs that light fiber-optics, looking similar to fireworks. These above light strings are occasionally used on Christmas trees anyway, usually to add extra variety to the colors of the lights on the tree. Various types of patio lighting with no holiday theme are also made for summertime.

Here's How Christmas Lights Came to Be

These are often clear white lights, but most are ornament sets, such as lanterns made of metal or bambooor plastic ornaments in the shape of barbecue condimentsflamingos and palm treesor even various beers. Some are made of decorative wire or mesh, in abstract shapes such as dragonfliesoften with glass "gems" or marbles.

Light sculptures are also made in everything from wire-mesh frogs to artificial palm trees outlined in rope lights. In Pakistanfairy lights are often used to decorate in celebration of Eid ul-Fitr at Chaand Raatwhich occurs at the end of Ramadan.

  • With a head sculpted in the 1st or 2nd century CE and a body made a century or two later, the statue's first recorded whereabouts are in the gardens of Rome's Villa Ludovisi;
  • However, thanks to NOMA and other competitors that arose, more and more people began to purchase Christmas lights in the 1940s and 1950s as the lights became cheaper, and people started decorating their houses as well as their trees to match elaborate department store displays;
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In India on Diwali too, homes, shops and streets are decorated with strings of fairy lights. Environment, recycling, and safety[ edit ] Christmas lights, Bangkok Christmas lighting does lead to some extensive recycling issues. Every year, more than 20 million pounds of discarded holiday lights are shipped to Shijiao, China near Guangzhouwhich has been referred to as "the world capital for recycling Christmas lights".

More and more cities in the U. Light sculptures[ edit ] Manning Close Christmas Light Show, Wells, Somerset, England Christmas light sculptures, also called motifs, are used as Christmas decorations and for other holidays. Since the 1990s, these are also made in small plastic home versions that can be hung in a windowor on a door or wall. Framed motifs can be lit using mini lights or ropelight, and larger scale motifs and sculptures may use C7 bulbs.

Light sculptures can be either flat most common or three-dimensional. Flat sculptures are the motifs, and are often on metal frames, but garland can also be attached to outdoor motifs. Indoor motifs often have a multicolored plastic backing sheet, sometimes holographic. These and other 3D displays may be bare-frame, or be covered with garland, looped and woven transparent plastic cord or acrylicor natural or goldtone -painted vines.

Snowflakes are a popular design for municipal displays, so as not to be misconstrued as a government endorsement of religionor so they can be left up all winter.

In east Tennesseethe cities of ChattanoogaSeviervillePigeon Forgeand Gatlinburg have light sculptures up all winter. Gatlinburg also has custom ones for Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's Daywhile Pigeon Forge puts flowers on its tall lampposts for spring, and for winter has a steamboat and the famous picture of U. Some sculptures have microcontrollers that sequence circuits of lights, so that the object appears to be in motion.

This is used for things such as snowflakes falling, Santa Claus waving, a peace dove flapping its wingsor train wheels rolling.