Founded by William McLaughlin in the early 1990s, Holiday Hues was in business for 2-3 years and produced an estimated 7,500 to 10,000 units. Their products were sold by local, independent retailers.
Holiday Hues’ products were rotomolded, as the creation of negative molds for the rotomolding process had lower initial investment costs than blow-molding. Unfortunately, the rotomolding process used a large amount of plastic, resulting in sturdy but heavy products (upwards of 2lbs). This large use of plastic meant even minor fluctuations in oil prices would quickly reduce the products’ profit margins, making it difficult to compete with the low cost of blow-molded products by larger companies.
Holiday Hues’ products were designed to be placed overtop low voltage landscape lighting, and although briefly considered by Holiday Hues, did not include a light kit or a hole to install one. As such, any Holiday Hues products seen with light kits have been modified.
After Holiday Hues’ closure, in an effort to clear the warehouse, the remaining product stock was donated to the Pennsylvania College of Technology.
Holiday Hues was not known to have produced any marketing materials, catalogs, instruction manuals, or boxes. The company did not have a logo. Their products can be best identified by their unique designs, sturdy construction, and a paper sticker on the bottom bearing the Holiday Hues name and a US patent number.
Information courtesy of William McLaughlin via phone interview.
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