This year, greeting those seeking some extra holiday spirit at the governor’s mansion in Minnesota is a Christmas tree standing over 20 feet and illuminated by three Chauvet Colorado™ 3 units installed by Norcostco . The units allow the color of the tree to remain in a constant state of flux, leading passers-by to wonder, “How do they do that?” A Chauvet Colorado 1 lights the Christmas wreath and surrounding area above the front door. The units are all running through preset programming.

Making the switch from incandescent to all-LED lighting has saved the state of Minnesota a considerable sum of money, with power bills dropping from $1,300to approximately $130, and carbon emissions from 18.7 tons to about four tons, according to estimates from the Minnesota State Energy Office. The IP65 rating of the Colorado™ units is getting a rugged test, with temperatures cold enough to prompt Norcostco director of technical projects Rob Koontz to comment, “I lost the feeling in my index finger taking these pictures.”