The Town of Wellesley is making the switch to LED bulbs for its holiday light display this year in an effort to save energy, according to Municipal Light Plant director Dick Joyce. The town will also flick off the holiday lights at Town Hall and on 30 trees at 11pm, leaving only those on 50 lamp posts shining later.
Some of the trees had been lit with LEDs, but not all. And the tree lights previously had been left on from dusk to dawn. Now the trees all have light timers on them.
The Sustainable Wellesley group says LED lights have improved dramatically in recent years and that the white LED holiday lights don’t look much different than incandescent ones. The LED bulbs also can last a lot longer and run cooler, so are less of a fire risk, according to the group. Naturally, Sustainable Wellesley urges residents to follow suit and adopt some of the town’s practices when it comes to holiday light use.