Let There Be Lights (But Not Lead).

You've seen this photo before, but not with your eye on the lights. Behold!

You’ve seen this photo before, but not with your eye on the lights. Behold!

File under something else you didn’t want to worry about: lead in your Christmas tree lights. I learned about it from Dr. G. at A Green Slate, of course.

So this year, given that both children will likely do more handling of all things tree related, we replaced our old lights with LED lights from Ikea, which are lead-free to European safety standards (which are, no duh, safer than ours). The Ikea system is slightly more complex (you need a plug kit and then strands which can attach to each other), but at $8 a strand, and $13 for the adapter, we outfitted our tree with new lights for about $50 (not chump change to be sure, but at least I can calm that one nagging anxiety).

Lo, our funny little ornament is a Star of David! Huzzah for the interfaith tree!

Lo, our funny little ornament is a Star of David! Huzzah for the interfaith tree!

The LEDs are very bright and cute. And you can buy funny little ornaments to put over them.

Festive and safe! What a win!

Thanks again for another useful home safety tip, Dr. G!

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