<h2 style="margin: 10pt 0in 0pt"><font size="3" color="#990000">Saving energy can save holiday hassles</font></h2><p><span style="line-height: 200%; font-family: ‘Verdana’,’sans-serif’; letter-spacing: 1pt; font-size: 10pt">(ARA) -<span>  </span>It’s not just a holiday cliche – people really do hate untangling last year’s holiday lights, according to a new survey by an independent research firm retained by GE Consumer & Industrial.</span></p><span style="line-height: 200%; font-family: ‘Verdana’,’sans-serif’; letter-spacing: 1pt; font-size: 10pt"><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">Untangling lights was the biggest hassle for 56 percent of respondents. Second place was a tie, with 39 percent feeling that hanging lights on the house was a top time drain and another 39 percent saying that stringing lights on the tree is a pain, according to the survey.</p>  <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">Nearly a quarter said they plan to decorate using energy-saving LED holiday lights and over half plan to use an artificial tree, making energy-saving decor a possible trend this holiday season. People living in the west will be most likely to decorate with LED lights and people living in the northeast will be less likely to use an artificial tree than are people living in other regions of the United States. </p>  <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">Regardless of the region of the country consumers live in, holiday decorators will be interested in a line of pre-lit trees with low-voltage, cool-burning GE Energy Smart LED holiday lights. Consumers can choose from a variety of realistic needle styles and a wide selection of sizes, bulb styles, bulb colors and price ranges. </p>  <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">These LED lights continue to operate even if one is loose or burned out. The company offers replaceable lamps that allow for easy light maintenance. These lights can reduce the use of energy for holiday lighting by 80 percent or more. These trees feature bright, low-voltage lighting with cool-burning lamps.</p>  <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">These pre-lit LED trees feature a 5-year limited warranty on the lights and tree. The LED lights are rated for a long-lasting 20,000 hour life – that’s quite a few holiday seasons.</p>  <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">And what color lights do consumers want? More than two-thirds of the survey respondents prefer to decorate with multi-color lights. Decorating with all white lights was the second favorite.</p>  <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">A few more facts the survey "illuminated" include: Females prefer to decorate with white lights whereas males prefer decorating with multi-colored lights. People living in the northeast are significantly more likely to decorate with white lights than people in the Midwest and west. </p>  <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">For more information on GE pre-lit LED holiday trees, go to <a href="http://www.gelighting.com" target="_blank">www.gelighting.com</a> .</p>  <p><span style="line-height: 200%; font-family: ‘Verdana’,’sans-serif’; letter-spacing: 1pt; font-size: 10pt">Courtesy of ARAcontent</span></p></span>