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November 29, 2017 10:01 PM

Christmas Light Sales Bright This Year

If you were looking for outside Christmas lights this weekend, you might have had a difficult time.

Sales are lighting up locally compared to past years.

In addition to watching the Parade of Lights this weekend, hundreds of you also spent the weekend shopping for Christmas lights.

"More of our neighbors are doing it than they have in the past," Lewis Drug Customer Morris Paulsen said.

In fact, Lewis Drug is seeing a double digit increase in light sales.

"I think a lot of it has to do with the weather. With unseasonably warm weather, 60 degrees, people are willing to go out and put lights up," Bob Meyer with Lewis Drug said.

In addition to the weather, Meyer says another reason why sales are lighting up may be that there are new products that make installation easier.

"There are some who just don't want to get on a ladder or roof to decorate. Now you can decorate without the risk of all that," Meyer said.

Across town, Nyberg's Ace is also restocking after a busy weekend.

"The shelves were just ridiculously bare," Nyberg's Ace Category Buyer Rick Swanson said.

Swanson says the weather is the big driver, but customers are also swapping their incandescent lights for LED.

"They're much more energy efficient to operate. There seems to be a better durability on the LED lights over the incandescent," Swanson said.

More lights, which will hopefully make your holiday season a little brighter.

"We have a house that has a lot of windows. We can look out any direction and see the lights, and we really like that," Paulsen said.

Another reason why you might see fewer lights on store shelves? Some national retailers are stocking less product this year because of the online shopping trend.

 

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