July 23rd – Unofficial Kickoff for the Christmas Light Season!
July 23rd has become the unofficial Christmas in July day!! Since alot of Christmas lights gurus start ordering their lights in August and September, it’s time to start thinking ahead.
Some colors and styles of lights are snapped up and go out of stock pretty quickly so if you are interested in curtain mini lights, brown wire lights and some varieties of battery operated lights order online early.
Most of the specialty Christmas lights available on the internet will be coming back in stock in August or September. Check out your favorite online vendors and sign up for their newsletters and waiting lists to ensure you’ll be one of the first customers in line.
Now is a great time to fish all of last season’s Christmas lights out of the closet or attic and take an honest inventory of what you have that you’ll reuse for the 2008 season.
Plug all of your light sets in – of any variety – to confirm that they all come on. Sometimes inhospitable attic conditions can affect the lifespan of light sets.
Most incandescent mini lights last less than 1000 hours unless you purchased commercial grade mini lights that last anywhere from 3000 to 10000 hours.
Popular LED Christmas Light sets are rated by their manufacturers for 50,000 hours of operation. Consider this a specification related to the LED durablity compared to traditional lights. Stresses and wear on wiring, power surges (always use a surge protector with LED Christmas lights, harsh weather exposure and use in static vs dynamic displays can decrease LED life or can ruin the sets altogether.
So make sure you check all you lights and start thinking about any additions, substitutions or replacements you’ll need to add to your wish list.