None of us can even imagine Christmas without beautiful, voluptuous lighting everywhere. As soon as the first snowfall arrives, commercial Christmas lighting is all around us. We can see it in shopping malls, in the streets, in other people’s homes, even at the dentist’s office.
People love to celebrate important events with bright and colorful decorations, and Christmas time is no exception. Something about Christmas makes us want to celebrate with lights, whether it’s in the form of commercial Christmas lighting or fireworks.
Now let’s dive deep into the topic of Christmas lights. Let’s see what they’re all about, how they came to be, and most importantly, how they’re used today.
A Bit of History
Did you know that before commercial Christmas lights, people put candles on their Christmas trees? It wasn’t until the late 1920s that the lights became popular.
They were first used during the 1880 Christmas season in the Wizard of Menlo Park. Thomas Edison was the one who designed them. Basically, that was the first time the public was introduced to Christmas lights, and the reactions were nothing short of intense. Many described them as ‘magical’ and ‘fairy-like.’
However, as we said, they didn’t become popular until the 1920s. They were quite expensive and inaccessible to the general public. Only community lots had them, and none of the common people would ever consider getting them.
Albert Sedacca is the one whom we should thank for the commercial success of Christmas lights. And believe it or not, Albert was just a 15-year-old boy back then. In 1926, after witnessing a couple of house fires caused by the candles on Christmas trees, Sedacca decided to start his own business selling colored bulbs for Christmas trees. Although it was a bit difficult at first, Sedacca’s idea quickly took off and lead to commercial Christmas lighting that we all know and love today.
And even after the lights became popular, people were still only using them inside their homes. Outdoor lighting was not a thing. In fact, it was considered dangerous, even unfeasible. The truth is — the lighting technology was not that advanced yet, and there was no way to protect the wires from snow, ice, rain, and other weather conditions.
Nowadays, outdoor Christmas lighting is a must in every American household. It’s developed into a friendly neighborhood competition as to who has the most magnificent light display.
Most Common Uses
As we said, commercial Christmas lighting is everywhere. Obviously, Christmas lights are most commonly used on the Christmas tree. The tree simply wouldn’t look festive enough without the lights. In fact, it would look quite sad.
Next up is outdoor Christmas lighting. It’s not as common as the one we use on Christmas trees. After all, you have to be a real Christmas lover to decorate the outside of your house. However, the results are awesome, and nobody can argue with that.
Also, people can use Christmas lighting to create something truly unique. With our lighting, you can change the effects and colors as you please. You are the artist, your house is your canvas, and the Christmas lights are your paint.