Posted by: sarahmeyers | December 22, 2007

Christmas Shopping NY LED Lights


Off Fifth Avenue, the Rockefeller tree is the largest Christmas tree I’ve seen in my life. Shopping in New York is jam-packed at the Rockefeller center where the tourists and last-minuet Christmas shoppers wait in lines to get through to see the tree and LED shopping display. I’m overjoyed to see all the people with their families out and about because that is what the Holidays are about. Upon turning around we are captivated by the LED lights choreographed to music. At this point, using LED lights in shopping Christmas displays and campaigns sends a good message, however, LEDs are not affordable to many people. I like what Sonia, over at Wired, has to say about the use of LED lights in the Christmas displays.

Republished via Wired. This past November, when the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree was lit, instead of powering thousands of standard bulbs, 30,000 multicolored LEDs lit up. Ditto tech for the trees in the nation’s capital.

Ten days earlier, Saks Fifth Avenue in New York flipped the switch on 50 giant snowflakes, which were made up of a total of 40,000+ LEDs that use the equivalent in power as three toaster ovens. And when the ball drops in Times Square this New Years Eve (for the 100th time) instead of burning 600 incandescent and halogen bulbs, the ball will hold 9,500 LEDs making it 98 percent more energy-efficient.

It’s a step in the right direction, but we’re still sending 1.9 billion Christmas cards, cutting down 20.8 million Christmas trees, which take up 447,000 acres that could be used to grow food, and generating an extra 25 million tons of trash from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. Bleh.

Happy Holidays!


  1. HEY awesome vid Sarah—u look gr8…

  2. wow, NYC is lookin’ good! i need to take another trip back there soon! those snowflakes look verrry cool! happy holidays, sarah! stay warm! 🙂

  3. Loved this blog entry! The video was the best PopSnap video ever! It brought New York’s Christmas spirit to someone who couldn’t be there. I loved the filming of the eco-friendly tree. Very cool. Brought out the best of New York! Great filming and music. Also, the blog was very well written and informative. I never thought about the amount of trees used for Christmas cards. Genius.

  4. Forgot. Merry Christmas!

  5. Happy Holidays everyone! This is my favorite time of year.

  6. You looked like a kid in a candy store. Glad you’re enjoying NYC. Happy Holidays.

  7. Douglas Leigh, King of the Lights… He brought the lights and animated light signs to Times Square from 1930s to 1990s. Some of the basic animation was done for Leigh’s company by Larry Riley, third-billed animator on the Bakshi’s FRITZ THE CAT feature and earlier Paramount cartoons.

  8. Thanks Clintus!

  9. I have pictures of the tree this year. Go to and click on “beat photography” and you should see many pictures I took of New York this year. I am a photographer

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