The JimOnLight Guide to Christmas Lights, Parts 1-5

Back another year by popular demand and thousands of visits, the’s Guide to Christmas Lights is here!  To break this down a bit and hopefully keep the five parts of the Guide to Christmas Lights:


Part One is geared towards sharing where Christmas Lighting got its start, including going WAY back to talk a bit about what actually happens in the sky around Christmas time (or Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Flying Spaghetti Monster time, or whatever flavor of religion you pick for the Holidays) and how we’ve been dealing with it for a few thousand years.


Part Two takes some of the most basic information about Christmas lighting – the light sources – and breaks them down for the reader to make it easy to understand and identify different kinds of Christmas Lights.  You know, for that moment when you have to pull the ball of lights out of the box in the garage and actually NOT burn your house down.


Rain lights, curtain strands, cascades, and all kinds of other terms that mean something about the different arrays that Christmas lighting come in – Part Three of the’s Guide to Christmas Lighting is all about telling those arrays apart so you can get back inside and drink some Wassail!


This is an important one – Part Four talks about how NOT to get yourself dead while doing all of that Christmas light installation!


…not last, not least, and definitely not the end of the series, but perhaps one of my favorites!  A quick overview of some of the basic and important electrical equations that can help you make a little more sense out of the task of hanging Holiday Illumination!

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Death Metal Christmas Lighting! AAAAAAA!

From the Daily What comes this crazy Death Metal Christmas lighting video – the music is Slayer’s “Raining Blood.”

I mean, of course it is, come on.  This just goes to show you that Christmas lights add pizazz to songs other than Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Mannheim Steamroller, I guess.

First Ever OLED Christmas Tree!

Wait, shouldn’t this be a “Holiday Tree?”  Ha, just kidding.  It’s OLED!

From the press release at GE:

We haven’t quite achieved Rockefeller or National Christmas tree lighting status yet, but we’re well on our way,“ said Anil Duggal, who leads GE’s OLED program. “We hope GE’s OLED tree lighting will inspire and capture people’s imagination during the holidays on the limitless possibilities of this next generation lighting concept.”

”Customers will recognize that while this demonstration was more for holiday spirit and team camaraderie, it does reinforce how far OLED technology has come and how it is poised to revolutionize lighting and interior design,” says John Strainic, global product general manager with GE Consumer & Industrial, which will commercialize OLEDs for businesses and consumers in the coming years.

OLEDs are thin, organic materials sandwiched between two electrodes, which illuminate when an electrical charge is applied. They represent the next evolution in lighting products. Their widespread design capabilities will provide an entirely different way for people to light their homes or businesses. Moreover, OLEDs have the potential to deliver dramatically improved levels of efficiency and environmental performance, while achieving the same quality of illumination found in traditional products in the marketplace today with less electrical power.

Earlier this year, GE scientists achieved a major research milestone by demonstrating the world’s first roll-to-roll manufactured OLED lighting devices. This process for producing OLEDs has been likened to a newspaper printing process. Roll-to-roll manufacturing is seen as a key factor to making OLED lighting commercially viable in the general lighting industry.

Duggal said, “We’re making great progress toward hitting the metrics needed to successfully introduce OLED lighting to market. We continue to make steady advances in efficiency, lifetime, and lighting-quality using device structures that can be made with roll-to-roll manufacturing, so that we’ll be able to introduce OLED lighting at an affordable price.”

Denver’s Botanical Gardens- 500,000 LED Sources

LEDs Mag has an article about Denver’s Botanical Gardens, and their enormous display of lights.  LED lighting, to be specific – their people have installed over 500,000 LED sources in their Christmas display.  The gardens apparently has over a million sources in their display, but only half of them are LED.

I live here in Denver, which is why this is news.  But also – in a place like Denver, why aren’t all of them LED?  If Columbus, OH can do it, why can’t we?

I also used to live in Columbus.  Really – if Columbus can do it, Denver can adapt.

Wanna go see the beautiful display?

Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield
8500 Deer Creek Canyon Road
Littleton, Colorado, USA


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LED Magazine: Christmas Lights, and then some more Christmas Lights

LED Mag has an article about the various Christmas displays around the world (well, ok, a few of them), with a few pictures of the work.  I used to live in Columbus, OH, which is featured in the article – the Columbus Zoo has a display of LED Christmas lights – somewhere in the neighborhood of over 3 million LED’s – that they just recently switched over to ALL LED, saving $16,000 in energy costs, and providing better color (for those of us who care about that!).

Columbus Zoo

Columbus Zoo

One of the most impressive displays is located in Kuwana, Japan at the Nabano no Sato park.  4.5 million Christmas LEDs make up the display, and the images are marvelous!

Oh No They Didn’t: Christmas Lighting Controller

Oh no.  Now every person who wants to make an extravagant, overblown, lighting design killing Christmas Lighting display like all of the ones you see on YouTube.  Remember the Trans-Siberian Orchestra display a few years ago that circled the globe via those Internets?

Light-O-Rama makes these devices custom – 16 channels, relays, the works.  This is for those who don’t have access to a lighting rental shop, or who don’t want to pay for long-time lighting rentals.  You know, the non-lighting-dorks.

Check it out – Light-O-Rama’s Christmas Lighting Controller.