Are LED Christmas lights worth extra cost?
News from Orlando Sentinel:

Take an evening drive through downtown Orlando and you’ll encounter elm trees bejeweled with hundreds of cascading points of light.

Their digitally precise pulsing reveals that they are LEDs. And suspended over Orange Avenue at Central Boulevard is the city’s heirloom Jack Kazanzas Christmas Star, a tradition since 1955, now amid an upgraded constellation of 4,500 LED lights.

Should you, too, dig deeper into your wallet to drape your home with light-emitting-diode wonderment? That’s depends on whether you think a string of lights you buy today is disposable in the new year.

This is a story about whether LED Christmas lights, which have been getting more space on store shelves, are worth the bigger price tags.

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LEDs are cool to the touch, have none of the mercury used in fluorescents and have crept into our world as indicator lights, flashlights and streetlights.

Last year, a bulb nestled in boutique packaging arrived on my desk. It was a 60-watt-equivalent LED, promisi…………… continues on Orlando Sentinel

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How many electricians does it take to replace light bulb?
News from Las Vegas Review-Journal:

Posted: Nov. 24, 2012 | 2:10 a.m.

Q: Our homeowners association board is reviewing current maintenance practices and costs. We have more than 300 low-voltage lights on posts the HOA maintains.

We’re looking for more-cost-effective maintenance, and there seems to be one big nagging question. Does it take a licensed electrician to change a light bulb?

We have sought out the answer from the Nevada State Contractors Board, a handyman service, an electrical contractor, a homeowner/volunteer or an insurance company.

We have read the Contractors Board’s rules about lighting systems, and they’re subject to interpretation. We’re also aware of the Contractors Board’s handyman exemption provision.

I know we live in a world of liabilities and lawsuits. We’re also hearing about some HOAs that change their own bulbs. Are they sticking their necks out?

Some of us grew up in a world where the common sense and judgment of a reasonable homeowner dictated decisions. Can you shed any light on this matter?

A: I don’t have the technical background to provide an answer. I am sure the Contractors Board’s answer would be that you need a licensed electrician.

It looks as if the Contractors Board may throw a monkey wrench into things this legislative session. Sources tell me that they want association managers, who help procure bid…………… continues on Las Vegas Review-Journal

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