The Christmas lights on Boulder’s Pearl Street Mall will be bigger, better and more energy-efficient this year.
The city will light up about 35 trees this holiday season, instead of the usual 19, and all of them will be wrapped in electricity-sipping LEDs.
The city spent about $10,000 dollars this year to buy 1,000 new strands of LED lights to add to the ones they’ve purchased in past years, enabling all-LED decorations.
“The lights definitely add to the holiday mood down here, and — adding the lower-energy-use lights — we can do it in an environmentally friendly manner,” said Lisa Green, Boulder urban parks manager.
Downtown Boulder’s lights budget this year is about $40,000, or 20 percent more than in previous years. Despite the economy, officials said, that’s money well spent because they bring visitors downtown.