Have you ever looked at a beautiful Christmas tree and wondered how it all began? While most people have heard of candles being used on Christmas trees for centuries, many people don’t know when the shift to lights happened. Thomas Edison is given credit for inventing the first successful practical lightbulb. His lightbulb moved into the world where other inventors have built upon it and created unique and amazing things. From railroad lights to Christmas lights, it seems that Edison’s invention truly has changed the world.
History of Christmas Lights
Christmas lights have dated back centuries as families would use candles to light up a Christmas tree. The downside to fire on a tree? You guessed it, fire! Over the years families then began adding gifts and other things to decorate the trees. Eventually the first successful string of Christmas lights was created in 1882 by Edward H. Johnson, a friend and business partner of Thomas Edison. The first set of holiday lights was a hand-wired 80, red, white and blue lights string together and wrapped around a Christmas tree.
It took a few years before Christmas lights actually became a normal thing. In 1895, President Cleveland requested the White House family Christmas tree to include electrical colored light bulbs. By 1923, President Calvin Coolidge began the first official National Christmas Tree and it included 3,000 electric lights. General Electric began creating strings of lights in pre-assembled kits for the wealthy. The downside to the lights is that they were challenging to install and required an electrician to correctly install them.
Albert Sadacca is credited as the person that officially created selling electrical Christmas lights. In 1917, his family owned a novelty lighting company and he recommended offering brightly colored strands of Christmas lights for public use. By the 1920, Albert created the National Outfit Manufacturers Association (NOMA), and it branched off into NOMA Electric Co.,, owning the market on Christmas lights until the 1960’s.
Modern Christmas Lights
After the 1960’s, Christmas lights were all over the world. Now, we walk into a store and you can find hundreds of holiday lights to choose from. Incandescent lights are the main light bulbs people think of when it comes to holiday lighting. The lights are hundreds of years old in the making, and have continued to improve over the years. Most stores see a large area of incandescent Christmas lights, even though they do consume more energy from other lights.
The C7 and C9 lights are another popular option for holiday lighting. Usually they have a white or a colored base with bulbs that screw into them. The 1980’s and 1990’s saw a huge trend of bubble lights and other options that screw into the C7 and C9 bulb options. These lights are fun, and are long-lasting and continue to remain in style.
Mini lights have continued to grow over the years. These small bulbs are easy to use and hang on trees, wreaths, and around the home. A lot of homeowners like the mini LED lights because they are brighter and last-longer from other lighting solutions. 5MM LED lights are another option for homeowners needing mini lights for wreaths.
Net lights and icicle lights are still around, and we do see a lot of Utah homeowners opt for net lighting because they are easy to use.
If you are ready for your Christmas lights, call Wasatch Trimlight today! We can create a custom holiday lighting solution for your home that will make it look amazing this year.