How to have an eco-friendly Christmas

How to have an eco-friendly Christmas

Tis the Christmas season again and as all the good folks at home begin to rifle through their attics for last year’s decorations, we at Focos Displays thought we could give out a few suggestions for making this Christmas a little more eco-friendly;

1) Buy local
While malls do their best in trying to drag you through their doors with awesome deals and discounts, local craft stores and Christmas markets always help bring a personalized touch to gift-giving. Plus you have the added benefit of knowing exactly who and where your hard-earned money is going to!

2) Reuse and recycle
If somehow those attic decorations don’t seem to pan out like they did the year before, you can always head down to the Goodwill or Salvation Army thrift store and browse their aisles for a wide selection of holiday decorations. Plus you’re buying from a place with a good cause, so it’s a win win for everyone involved.

3) Switch to LED
While you may gaze upon your old Christmas lights with nostalgia, it’s good to know that the newer Christmas lights made these days use LED bulbs which are 90 percent more efficient that traditional lights. They also last way longer than the regular fluorescent bulbs. Need we say more?

4) The gift of “Re-gifting”
While a lot of people turn their noses up at the thought of “re-gifting”, that is, to repackage a gift you received before, we actually think it makes perfect sense. Keeping something you don’t need is wasteful and passing on something which could be appreciated by someone else is a good idea. However, we recommend discretion on your part as not everyone can be game to this idea.

LED Lighting vs Fluorescent Tube Lighting

Here at Focos Displays, we believe that LED light bulbs are the ideal long term solution for any lighting related topics. This assessment stems from rigorous and exhaustive testing done on our end. A side-by-side comparison of LED lighting systems with fluorescent T5 lighting systems have shown us significant differences in how these two systems line up which we have outlined below;

1) Shelf Life
Fluorescent light bulbs have a rated life span of upto 10,000 hours while LED light bulbs have a rated life span of upto 50,000 hours. Even at the end of its lifespan, LED light bulbs still run at 50% of its capability. To keep up with LED light bulbs, the fluorescent light bulbs would have to be replaced approximately 5 times.

2) Heat Transfer
Fluorescent light bulbs use heat to generate light while LED bulbs use energy to generate light. We see this time and time again with respect to our light boxes where the T5 light boxes tend to get warmer on touch compared to our LED light boxes which maintain a lukewarm temperature throughout operation.

3) Eco Friendly
Fluorescent light bulbs contain mercury and glass which are toxic for the environment. LED light bulbs on the other hand contain no harmful chemicals. They also do not emit any UV light which is common in fluorescent light bulbs.

4) Adaptability
Fluorescent light bulbs generally produce a cold blue or white light. LED light bulbs are more adaptable and are available in a wide range of colors and are ideal for use in any lighting environment.

5) Energy Utilization
LED light bulbs consume less power compared to fluorescent light bulbs. This results in lower energy costs for the end user. While fluorescent light bulbs are a cheaper upfront alternative, LED light bulbs provide significant long term cost saving benefits.

12 things you did not know about Christmas

Tis the Christmas season and while we all love Christmas, we were curious to know how many of us actually know much about this festival?

1) While Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, there is no actual mention of December 25th in the Bible and many scholars believe that he was really born sometime in Spring.

2) Germans are considered to be the first people that brought trees into their homes during Christmas and decorate them with ornaments and lights.

3) Santa Claus is based off St. Nicholas, a priest from the 3rd Century who devoted his life to help the needy.

4) Santa Claus’s distinct red suit originated from a Coca-Cola ad in the 1930’s.

5) Rudolph the reindeer was a marketing gimmick created by a departmental store called Montgomery Ward to get children to buy their holiday coloring books.

6) Jingle Bells was originally performed as a Thanksgiving song.

7) To keep up with an overwhelming number of Christmas letters, the Canadian Post Office created a special zip code for Santa Claus called H0H 0H0.

8) The world’s biggest Christmas gift is the Statue of Liberty that was given to the USA by the French and weighed over 225 tonnes.

9) An average of 25,000 people in North America visit hospital emergency rooms each December due to Christmas-related decorating accidents.

10) The song “Silent Night” is the most recorded Christmas song in history with over 750 different versions available today.

11) Edward Johnson, a budding inventor who worked often with Thomas Edison, is credited with inventing the first-ever Christmas lights.

12) American scientists calculated that Santa Claus would have to visit 822 homes a second to deliver all the world’s presents on Christmas Eve, traveling at 650 miles a second.