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  For Immediate Release: 12/7/2000
  Contact: Larry Vogel, Communications & Public Affairs
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  Safe and Energy Efficient Holiday Lighting Tips from Seattle City Light
  SEATTLE -- Holiday time brings the joy of seasonal decorations, including strings of festive lights both indoors and out. This years extremely tight power supply situation makes it even more critical to think efficiency when decorating for the holidays. Festive lighting adds greatly to the beauty and enjoyment of the season, and is safe and inexpensive when done correctly. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of this years festival of lights:

  • Pick the right fixtures. Be sure that anything you use carries the UL Approved label, and that lights installed outdoors are clearly marked for that type of use.
  • Be sure the lights are off before you go to bed or leave the house.
  • Check all fixtures -- new and old -- for damaged sockets, plugs and cords. Repair or discard anything that appears defective.
  • Use energy-saving mini-lights. They generate less heat and use much less electricity than larger bulbs.
    • A string of 100 mini lights draws 35 watts (0.035 kilowatts). A corresponding string of the larger holiday lights (6.2 watts each) draws 620 watts (0.620 kilowatts), almost 20 times as much.
    • The comparative cost for a season of holiday lighting (based on ten strings of lights burning 8 hours a day for 30 days at Seattle City Lights winter end-block residential rate of $0.063 per kilowatt-hour) is $5.29 for mini lights and $93.74 for large lights.
  • Limit the time your lights are on; turn them on later in the evening, off when you go to bed. If we should find ourselves in a temporary power supply crunch, City Light may ask you to turn off your holiday lights until the crisis passes.
  • Keep your tree and other indoor greenery watered and fresh. Dry plant material and hot light bulbs can combine to create a fire hazard.
  • Never install lights with the power on. Test the lights first, then unplug them to install.
  • Position outdoor lights downward to keep moisture out of the sockets.
  • Don't overload electrical outlets.
  • Keep all light strings out of the reach of small children.
By following these simple guidelines, you can have a bright, happy and safe holiday season while enjoying the beauty of seasonal lighting in and around your home.

For more information, visit Seattle City Light's Conservation Web Pages or the Holiday Lighting Page.




 

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