Kansas City tradition will feature new lights

Christmas lights outline towers at the Country Club Plaza shopping center as the sun sets Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, in Kansas City, Mo. About 80 miles of lights with 280,000 multi-colored bulbs outline the buildings and towers in the shopping district. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Kansas City’s traditional lighting ceremony on the Country Club Plaza will be brighter and more energy efficient this year.

The owners of the shopping and entertainment district say 85 percent of the bulbs used in this year’s Thanksgiving Day event will be LEDs rather than the colored lights used in the past. An LED, or light emitting diode bulb, uses 0.46 watts. The traditional holiday bulbs each use 10 watts.

The Kansas City Star reports that Highwoods Properties, which owns the Plaza, began researching the LED bulbs a few years ago but had to wait to more fully use them until colors and sizes became available.

Highwoods officials say the company hopes to be 100 percent LED for next year’s ceremony.

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