Christmas is almost here and 2020 is almost at an end, and it’s safe to say that very few people will be sad to see it go. It’s been a challenging year for everyone.
So this is a perfect opportunity to look forwards to the future, and also give a quick glance backwards at the last twelve months.
Can you believe that we opened our gorgeous shop almost a whole year ago?
We want to say thank you to everyone who’s supported us through this difficult and sometimes anxious time; from our wonderful customers who have visited our shop or reached out to us online, to the magnificent keyworkers we’ve been proud to assist during the lockdowns and beyond, and to everyone who clicks on our social media, reads our blogs, and takes a few moments each month to make writing these little pieces worthwhile.
We’d also like to thank our friends and colleagues in the local community. Despite the terrible timing (!), our decision to open our shop in the heart of Fakenham at the beginning of the year will always be one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. We’re very proud of our little home, and we’re especially proud to be among you all.
Now let’s talk about something seasonal!
How much do you know about Christmas lights?
When you’ve run out of games to play after Christmas dinner, and discovered Pass the Parcel doesn’t work so well when you’re doing it over Zoom (we gave it a go last week, but the parcel just bounced off the laptop screen), why not point towards all the glittery Christmas lights on the tree and amaze everybody with a bit of Christmas lighting trivia?
- The tradition of Christmas lights is believed to have been started by the protestant reformer, Martin Luther, way back in the 16th century. The story goes that he was so enchanted by the stars shining through an evergreen forest that he took a tree home and tied candles onto its branches to cheer up his family. Martin might have been a famous reformer, but Health and Safety obviously wasn’t high on his agenda! (Even if there’s a power cut that lasts until new year, please don’t put candles on your Christmas tree at home!)
- Thomas Edison created the first-ever Christmas light display during Christmas season, 1880. He laid eight miles of underground wire to power strings of lights around the outside of his New Jersey laboratory. The result was described by one dazzled spectator as “a fairy-land.”
- Two years later, Mr Edison (aka ‘The Wizard of Menlo Park’) was at it again! He was the first person to decorate a Christmas tree with lights, covering the evergreen with 80 blinking red, white and blue electric lights, and sitting the tree on top of a revolving box. We don’t know about the tree, but we bet Edison felt dizzy when he received his energy bill. He should have invented LED first!
- But, unfortunately, the world had to wait another 80 years for the LED light to arrive. It was invented by General Electric’s Nick Holonyak, Jr., in 1962.
- LEDs convert nearly 100 per cent of the energy they use into light. An incandescent lamp only converts about 9-10 per cent.
- LED bulbs have an average 20,000 – 25,000 hours’ lamp life. Compared to incandescent bulbs (with an average 1,000-hour lifespan) and CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lamps, which have an average lifespan of 10,000 hours) that’s enlightening information!
- The largest LED Christmas light sculpture was unveiled in Moscow, Russia, on December 12, 2015. It was made up of 23,120 colour-changing LED lights.
- LED light bulbs save you money, save energy, and help to save the planet. A LED bulb that uses only 5 watts of power does the same job as an incandescent bulb using 40 watts but would only cost £19 over its lifetime. The incandescent bulb would cost £152 over the same period. That means if you replaced 8 incandescent bulbs in your home with LED, you’d save a whopping £1227 a year! Why not bring one of your incandescent bulbs to our shop after Christmas – we’ll plug it into our ingenious LED bulb machine, and you’ll be able to see the savings for yourself!
- The most lights on a Christmas tree was 194,672. It all happened in Malmedy, Belgium, on December 10, 2010, and the tree was hung with a total of 350 3-metre-long garlands fitted with 576 lights on each.
- If you use exterior LED lighting, or even put a LED bulb in your porch light, it will attract fewer moths and creepy crawlies! Why? Because, unlike incandescent lamps and CFLs, LEDs don’t produce large amounts of bug-attracting ultraviolet and infrared radiation.
- The most lights on a residential property were hung by the Gay family in LaGrangeville, New York. They took the title on November 28, 2014, with a grand total of 601,736 lights. That’s almost double their 2012 346,283 lights record!
- If you use a LED bulb for 24 hours every day, it will last for 6 years. If you only use it 4 hours a day, you’ll get a whole 17 years of life out of it!
- The world record for most lights on an artificial Christmas tree is 518,838. It was awarded to the fittingly named “Christmas Lights Man”, David Richards, from Canberra, Australia. David also used to hold the Guinness World Record for “the largest image made of LED lights.”
- It costs 83 per cent more to use incandescent Christmas lights instead of energy-efficient LED. That means, if you use LED, you could save an average £10 on Christmas house light decorations and at least £3 on Christmas tree lights over the month of December.
- Finally, here’s an electrifying statistic from our buddies in the US: if America replaced just 50 per cent of their incandescent lights with LED lights during the Christmas season, the potential energy savings would be at least $17.2 billion. With that sort of money, Santa could put a warp drive on his sleigh, and he’d have delivered our presents before we even made it to bed on Christmas Eve!
Let Oliver Lamps make your Christmas and New Year brighter!
We don’t only sell an extensive range of high-quality, competitively priced LED light bulbs in all shapes, wattages, and fittings! Why not drop into our shop (or give us a call) before Christmas and find out what else we’ve got to offer?! From stylish lamps, shades, and light-fittings, to fun and comforting nightlights that will help little ones sleep peacefully; from smart tech that will seamlessly control all the lighting in your house and even change the lighting colour to suit your mood, all without leaving the comfort of your armchair (or even having to be at home to do it!); and from security smart tech designed to keep you, your family and your home safer, to a fabulous hand-picked selection of gorgeous home furnishings and accessories… there’s much more at Oliver Lamps than you might expect! And we’re adding brilliant new items all the time!
Plus, of course, we stock one of the UK’s best ranges of high-quality, competitively priced LED light bulbs too! (Or did we already mention that?!)
Want to know more?
That’s easier than putting a carrot on a reindeer and saying, “No red nose for you this year, Rudolph. Santa’s gone vegan!” Whenever you need us, we’ll always be here to help. Just give us a call on 01328 855028, email [email protected], or visit us at 26/28 Oak Street, Fakenham; we guarantee you a very warm welcome, although please check our opening times if you’re making a special trip because our hours will be a little different over Christmas.
Stay safe, and have a very Happy Christmas. See you in the new year!