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Edmond city officials spent nearly $43,000 to replace Christmas lights and have the decorations installed. The city's old Christmas lights were damaged last year by the contractor, city officials said.
by Diana Baldwin Modified: November 28, 2012 at 10:22 pm •  Published: November 29, 2012
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/articleid/3732766/1/pictures/1895229">Photo - Edmond spent almost $43,000 to replace the city's Christmas lights and have the decorations installed this holiday season. PHOTO BY DAVID MCDANIEL, THE OKLAHOMAN. <strong>David McDaniel - THE OKLAHOMAN</strong>
Edmond spent almost $43,000 to replace the city's Christmas lights and have the decorations installed this holiday season. PHOTO BY DAVID MCDANIEL, THE OKLAHOMAN. David McDaniel - THE OKLAHOMAN

The city also bought two 6-foot-tall lighted wreaths that are in place at Festival Market Place, where the outdoor ice skating rink is located through Jan. 6.

LED lights are expected to last eight to 10 years longer than other lights. LED lights are estimated to save between 50 and 60 percent on electrical use, Cullum said.

“Incandescent lights pull lots of watts,” Cullum said. “The LED pulls almost nothing. The savings over the long haul will be good. Long-term, the LED lights will be used a lot longer without replacement.”

A local contractor, Kirk Nall, of Expert Services of Oklahoma City, was hired to install the new lights. City officials were familiar with Nall, who lives in Edmond and installed the Christmas lights about eight times in the past.

“We made sure who did it and did it right,” Cullum said.

by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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