Thanks to GE Lighting for designing the 2014 National Christmas Tree. The tree will be lit every night through January 1. The Pathway of Peace around the National Christmas Tree is free and open to visitors starting the week of December 15, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, through January 1. The pathway loops around the National Christmas Tree and features 56 unique Christmas trees and ornament displays representing every U.S. state, territory, and the District of Columbia.
Traditional colors for our National Christmas Tree….wrapped up in ribbon with a star on top.
For the past 52 years, GE has provided the lighting for the National Christmas Tree. This year, the design features a very traditional red, green and white color scheme, using the latest LED holiday lighting products. The addition of dramatic sparkle red mesh garland enhances the nighttime and daytime appearance.
This is the 6th consecutive year that LED lights have been used exclusively to light the National Christmas Tree. Green miniature LED net lights and string sets cloak the tree with color. Twinkling warm white LEDs enhance brightness and provide subtle animation. Red mesh garland envelopes red LED micro net lights, reinforcing the color and adding sparkle. Cool white snowflake ornaments are programmable, with static and various twinkling options that can be selected. The heirloom star-shaped topper, with commercial Tetra®Max LED signage product, again adorns the top of the tree.
“The National Christmas Tree is very special to all of us. Protecting this living, growing tree while establishing it as a beacon of light for this very special holiday season, is a very rewarding endeavor. LED technology allows us to explore new exciting designs while conserving energy and reducing weight,” said Mary Beth Gotti, Manager of the GE Lighting Institute in Cleveland, Ohio.
This year’s lighting design includes approximately 180 green and red LED net lights and 180 green and clear twinkle LED string sets – all Energy Star®qualified – and about 300 snowflake ornaments. The total wattage is just under 5000 watts. The total cost to light this tree over the holiday season, from dusk to about 11:00 P.M. every night, is about $125. That’s about 1/5 of what a comparable design would be with incandescent lights.In terms of environmental impact, using LEDs saves 6000 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions.