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Can you believe there was a time when candles were strategically placed on live Christmas trees and actually lit? When it comes to safety, the artificial Christmas tree industry has come a long way. But even that had to evolve to what it is today. Chopping down a forest for the holidays isn't popular by today's standards, and it wasn't popular in the mid 1800s when
From the mid 1960s on, artificial Christmas trees began to gain popularity. There was no mess, they were safer than letting a real tree dry out beneath hot Christmas lights, and you could buy really “groovy” trees that were shiny silver.
Today, consumers have the benefit of choosing from a variety of trees including top-of-the line (and safe!) LED or fiber optic trees. LED (light emitting diodes) trees are designed to produce a high intensity light with minimal heating. That means you don't have to worry about your crazy cat knocking over the tree and starting a fire. It also means you can enjoy hours of glorious light on those dark winter nights, without worrying about high electric bills, or overheating and drying out a typical live tree.
Don't be afraid to get turned on to artificial Christmas trees! LED pre-lit trees are a safe and stunning alternative to a live tree.