During the holiday season, it’s not uncommon to witness a change in humanity as personalities and behaviors seem to become kinder and more agreeable.
Much of that is due to the holiday lighting adorning homes and businesses, festive music playing just about everywhere and feelings of nostalgia from holidays gone by.
But NASA recently discovered that not only are personalities and behaviors changing during this festive time of year, the patterns in nighttime light intensity are changing as well.
Scientists and colleagues from NASA identified a major shift around the time of Christmas and New Year’s (and as early as Black Friday) in the United States and during the holy month of Ramadan in the Middle East.
NASA.gov reports, “Around many major U.S. cities, nighttime lights shine 20 to 50 percent brighter during Christmas and New Year’s when compared to light output during the rest of the year, as seen in the satellite data. In some Middle Eastern cities, nighttime lights shine more than 50 percent brighter during Ramadan, compared to the rest of the year.”
We can thank Edward Johnson for this lighting phenomenon. Under the direction and guidance of Mr. Thomas Edison, Johnson created the first string of electric, outdoor Christmas lights.
In 1890, they were mass-produced – adorning retail stores and even government buildings. As prices became more affordable, it wasn’t long before the popularity of outdoor holiday lighting caught on with homeowners.
In the United States today, as the cost of LED Christmas lights continues to drop, and more and more consumers are adding the money-saving technology to their holiday displays, NASA believes the numbers above will hold steady if not increase over the coming years.
A fun fact about LED lights: Calculations confirm that for the price of running just 25 incandescent C9 light bulbs, you could run an astounding 1,825 LED lights for the same price. Is it any wonder that American’s popularity for decking-the-halls with outdoor holiday lighting continues to be a sensation?
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