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Holiday Trees To Be Lit This Week!

Kevin Kelly of the Estes Park Light & Power Department refits the holiday rebar trees with high-efficiency LED bulbs.

Kevin Kelly of the Estes Park Light & Power Department refits the holiday rebar trees with high-efficiency LED bulbs.

The Town of Estes Park will be lighting the annual Rebar Holiday Trees this week, all 130 of them fitted with high-efficiency LED colored light bulbs. The trees, which have been displayed on area street light poles since 1955, have been traditionally lit with incandescent bulbs; two of the trees were refitted with LED bulbs last season to test their efficiency.

Based on that test, and results from the blue LED string lights on “Sheep Island,” Estes Park Light & Power decided to refit all the rebar trees. The two “Season’s Greetings” signs have also been refitted with LEDs.
“The reason for this change is to reduce our power requirements, cutting our carbon emissions, while maintaining a treasured local holiday tradition,” said Mike Mangelsen, Assistant Director of Utilities.  Mangelsen has been managing the holiday lighting program for the Town of Estes Park for 12 years, when the lighting program was first contracted out. The successful low bidder for the past two seasons for the installation and maintenance of the holiday lighting – including the rebar trees – is the local company TA Enterprises, Inc.

The 2007-2008 LED test showed that while LED bulbs cost about five times as much as incandescent bulbs, they have only 1/3 the energy demand and last more than 26 times as long (80,000 hours of burn time as compared to 3,000).

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