We see on old Christmas cards, candles on the branches of fir. It was the beginning of illuminated trees, and since then everything has changed! Could you tell me about the evolution of the Christmas lights?
In fact, we must go back very far to find the first Christmas tree lit up, as it is in the middle of the 17th century we find it. At that time, the Christmas Tree Lighting was done with shells nuts, which were filled with oil in which floated a wick of cotton.
Then a little later, they were candles that were hung from the branches. But we had to show ingenuity to make them fit on the tree. We imagined it to pierce the trunk of the tree in order to introduce the transverse rods, on which was fixed in the end little bracelets wooden slats to support the candles.
Meanwhile, they imagined the pyramids carrying candles. Kinds of easels made with some wooden sticks that are assembled at their peak. We then covered the construction of tree leaves and various decorations. These pyramids hardy knew a real success in the 1850s.
It was not very far from the first electric Christmas, since it appeared in 1882 in New York, through the magic of electricity: 80 small bulbs designed by Thomas Edison and his associate Edward Johnson. Eight years later, they began to produce lights in series. Today, Christmas lights, we must do more than fairy lights. Frosted garlands, bright, colorful, flashing lights, garlands silhouettes, etc..
However, we can not make them a reproach: to be energy-intensive. But for the next Christmas, maybe you could think of solar strings that will automatically light up when the day is declining. Garlands that is still very reliable after two or three days of overcast, and even by snow. A nice gesture for the Planet at Christmas, do not you think?