SOURCE: Highland Village

Highland Village

October 05, 2010 10:30 ET

Holiday Lights Go Green at Houston Shopping Center

The Almost 500,000 Traditional Red and White Lights at Highland Village Go Green -- LED Uses 80% Less Power

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - October 5, 2010) - The official start of the holiday shopping season may be weeks away for most of the country, but at Highland Village, a Houston, Texas shopping center renown for its ultra-elaborate outdoor holiday decorations and upscale national retailers, work is well underway. That's because, from start to finish, the holiday decor installation requires a team of 25 professional installers working eight hours a day for eight weeks to complete. That's about 8,000 hours of actual on-site work and doesn't even include the hours of summer preparations to make certain that every single bulb and every sprinkle of glitter is just right and just so.

"We get lots of comments when we start to put the decorations up in late September. Everyone thinks we're starting too early, but we always like to be ready for our shoppers who are supporting the American Cancer Society Holiday Shopping Card," says Haidar Barbouti, CEO of Highland Village. "We wrap all the trees; we top off all the buildings; we add holiday touches here and there. And then, we wrap up the visual experience with our amazing signature glittering red bows. We love being able to provide this spot of holiday light and glitter. The decorations at Highland Village are our holiday greeting card for all our shoppers and all of Houston."

Everything is illuminated in green
Always In Season, a Houston-based decorating company that is the largest in the Southwest, began the installation at Highland Village Monday, September 27. According to E. J. Farhood, president and designer, the installation at Highland Village is more than twice as grand as any of the other 500 comparable holiday installations his company manages. Always in Season has handled Highland Village's installation for the past 14 years, and Mr. Farhood says that every year there has been an addition.

"Over the years, Highland Village has added the bows, more lights, rooftop trims. Every year, bigger and better. Last year, we added our patented ruby and diamond jewel Gem Brite fixtures under the trademark red bows. And this year -- Highland Village went green by switching to LED bulbs which reduces the power usage by a very significant 80%," says Mr. Farhood.

As well as offering the 80% savings on power and reducing the effect on the environment, the new LED lights are brighter and more intense, heightening the effect of the lighting.

Plugging in the numbers
The eight weeks of installation add up to some big numbers for Highland Village. Here's a look at some of the specifics:

  • 250,000 mini LED lights wrapping trees
  • More than 8,000 linear feet of roof-top accent lighting with 8,000 mid-size lights
  • 10,000 mid-size LED red lights on signature bows
  • Four custom-welded aluminum bows including:
    • The bow atop P.F. Chang's is approximately 25 feet in diameter with 100 linear feet of diamond and ruby light trim with 4,000 LED mid-size lights
    • The bow atop Banana Republic is 20 feet high and 20 feet wide with 75 linear feet of diamond and ruby trim with 4,000 LED mid-size lights
    • The bow atop the elevator near Cole Haan is 20 feet tall with 100 linear feet of jewel-trim with 4,000 LED mid-size lights
    • OF NOTE: every year, the red bows are refurbished, requiring approximately 2,000 pounds of red glitter.
  • 76 palms are wrapped
  • 10 sycamores are wrapped
  • 11,250 LED lights illuminate the one massive oak tree near Crate and Barrel
  • 2,000 feet of extra heavy duty extension cords

Highland Village is in the 4000 block of Westheimer Road in Houston, Texas. For directions to the shopping center and a list of retailers, visit or call 713.850.3100.

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    Renee Lewis
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