St. Paul wants to top Rockefeller Center
City officials of St. Paul, Minn., are looking for a Christmas tree to rival the iconic Rockefeller Center tree in New York.
St. Paul officials require that the tree is green, 60 to 80 feet tall and can hold 15,000 energy efficient LED Christmas lights. LED lights are becoming the standard for big Christmas lighting applications because of cost-saving characteristics and improved light quality. Recently, the Rockefeller Center announced this year's Dec. 4, tree lighting would include 300,000 LEDs and a 55 pound Swarovski crystal star. New York's famous display of light will eclipse St. Paul in regards to tree height and number of LEDs, but Minnesota will have comparable brightness to attract residents.
The tree will be on display in Rice Park next to the Wells Fargo WinterSkate. On Nov. 30, the lighting ceremony will take place, and St. Paul residents will be able to have the Rockefeller Center experience at home.
Christmas LED lights were the best choice for competing with such a well-known display because they offer the brightest light available. Although LEDs use less energy, they provide more illumination for every unit of power. City officials will be able to have a memorable exhibition of light without breaking the holiday lighting budget.