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Old 12-01-2019, 03:34 PM
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Default Talk me into (or out of) going all LED for Christmas lights...

I've got a very easy yard to decorate, and my kids love it, so I go hard on Christmas lights. I've got probably a dozen or fifteen strands. Each year I have to try and dig out all the broken fuses, half the lights won't work, so I'll just shove the broke sections in a bush and keep rolling.

I have always resisted led mainly because I'm cheap. Is it worth it? Do they hold up? I found about 900' on Amazon for under $150. I feel ok at that price point but not much higher. I might go LED one side and analog the other, see if there's a difference.

I want either white or colors, no dancing lights nonsense, no color changing. Small bulb lights. So if there's a better spot than Amazon I'm open to suggestions.

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You don't have much choice Everything is LED or will be before you know it!
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HD sells a string 32í long with 50 colored leds. Box states that you can connect 22 of those strings together.
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I don't think the LED lights have the warm light that the incandesents do. I've been stocking up on C9 bulbs for the last few years. I know one day I'll go into the store and they will be gone.
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The LEDs look way better and I am thinking about it too, but not this year, because mine are up. Iím thinking if I can manage to run out early day after Christmas, maybe could get some on clearance? I have bins of lights from the past 10+years that need to be thrown in the trash. All I do is pull them out of the attic every year and then stuff them back up there never using them!
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Originally Posted by FishnDive View Post
I don't think the LED lights have the warm light that the incandesents do. I've been stocking up on C9 bulbs for the last few years. I know one day I'll go into the store and they will be gone.
We do C7. Every year we say that we are going to go LED but when we get to Home Depot and see them we kick the can down the road another year. To us they look terrible.




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C9? is that a 9 watt light bulb?
I know the C7 were 7 watt
the led bulbs for replacing regular 60 watt incandescent light bulbs only pull 9 watts
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Originally Posted by FishnDive View Post
I don't think the LED lights have the warm light that the incandesents do. I've been stocking up on C9 bulbs for the last few years. I know one day I'll go into the store and they will be gone.
+1. Maybe Iím just a nostalgic kind of guy, but I prefer incandescent bulbs, for the C7/C9 size. The mini lights in LED are pretty great though.
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If you are going to use LED lights outside, di-electric grease and one of these is a must.




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Originally Posted by anonymous_coward View Post
If you are going to use LED lights outside, di-electric grease and one of these is a must.


Yes, these friggin things do work and have saved me many times! I canít even understand how they work, but they do! I think ai have 2 in case I canít find one!
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Originally Posted by anonymous_coward View Post
If you are going to use LED lights outside, di-electric grease and one of these is a must.

that thing does not say it is for LED lights
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Do yourself a favor and buy fully sealed LED bulb strings where the bulbs cannot be removed. I was fed up with the Home Depot specials and bought commercial quality sealed led lights. 6 years and they still work perfectly - not one failed string. You can string something like 25 strings together and they barely pull any voltage at all. I do a lot of lights for the holidays and it was well worth the price - especially avoiding the aggravation of blown bulbs, etc. And, you can do your own vampire cords to locate strings anywhere you want. Do it!
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im talking exterior here. My wife does the tree and spends longer lighting the tree (pre family tree decorating) than I do in the yard, and I spend a solid 2-3 hours.

As for buying the shorter connectable sections, it seems they cost more in general.

As for the actual light, Im of the chevy chase mentality that's if you have enough lights, it will be bright. I'm not terribly picky, but walking around neighborhood it seems the LED houses are noticeably brighter.
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LED all the way C9s. I have a few more strings to do but it gives a bright clean look.

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Led Christmas lights give me an instant headache from the 60hz blinking.
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A few years ago I replaced just about all our lights with LEDs.....and we hang A LOT.

What I like best about them, "durable". No more spending so much time finding and replacing dead bulbs. No worry about "be careful with the string of lights". And, a few bucks off of the December electric bill doesn't hurt. BUT...yeah, the nice long length of life is great.
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I do all white on my house. I went all LED 4 years ago, but last year I switched back. Contrary to everything I heard about LEDs being durable, my experience was that they were no more durable than the regular lights. Had numerous strings go out just like the regular lights did. Also, they have a very cold tint to them. They almost look like florescent lights.
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I have the old fashioned halogens, stands out from all the led around and looks cool lol
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Because I'm impatient but also resistant to change, I just bought the light keeper pro (which does NOT work for LED) and I also bought a relatively small amount of big blue Led bulbs for my big bush.

Maybe this magic bulb fixer gets my 25 giant strands of incandescently working like a champ, we will see.
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Originally Posted by 99yam40 View Post
that thing does not say it is for LED lights
Right, I donít think they are for LEDs, but then again I am pretty sure LEDs are not the type were one goes out they all go out. So, yes, this is not intended for LEDs as far as I know.

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