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Old 10-20-2009, 10:28 AM
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Outdoor LED lights?

Does anyone have any experience with outdoor LED Christmas lights? I'm talking about the large, C9, type of lights.
I threw out all of my strings of outdoor lights last year. They were getting old and weathered and seemed to blow more fuses than they should, so I threw them out. Now I'm looking for replacements. I believe that I've heard that LEDs are not as bright or intense as regular lights; but, I'm really excited that you can string dozens of these together without concern for pulling too much current. It was really a pain to have an extension cord for every three strings of the incadescent lights.
Anyway, if anyone has any experience with these, I'd like to hear about it.

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Y.S. I did the same a couple years back. I used to blow fuses all the time and it would get annoying gettig up to flip them when I turned the tv on lol. The LEDs help a lot, but most LEDs are opposite from the dull, mine are very bright and intense, you can see them shinning about 3 times stronger than the old ones.
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I hear the LED lights are a lot more energy efficient too! We are probably going to buy some this year and try them out!
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I hear the LED lights are a lot more energy efficient too! We are probably going to buy some this year and try them out!
Yes, I believe that's true. The package i read said you could string 83 strings together in a line. I think that is because they pull so much less current, which would indicate to me that they are WAY more efficient.

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I have used several varieties of LEDs outside for a couple of seasons now.
My largest are the C-6/7 size. They are bright and intense...especially if you have a single color string.

I had one issue with mine last year, the GE brand has plastic covers that snap over a short, flat, replaceable LED light. While having the option to replace burnt out -or damaged- bulbs, the covers popped off toward the end of the season (maybe it was the squirrels that took them off?). I had to dig around the base of the bush, collect them, then put them back on. This little hiccup was not a problem with the solid red LEDs I purchased from Kirkland/Costco..but those bulbs aren't replaceable.

They are great otherwise, but expensive, so watch for end of season sales when adding to your collection.
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Thanks for the insight MarthaK!

Let me make sure I understand... Some of yours have replaceable bulbs while others do not? That's good to know because I would have assumed that they were all replaceable. I'll need to check the ones I was looking at the other day. I definitely want to be able to replace bulbs.

The price of the ones I was looking at (at Lowe's) were actually about $0.50 less than the same 25ft/25-light strings of standard lights at WalMart. That's another reason I was so intrigued by these.

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Y.S. I did the same a couple years back. I used to blow fuses all the time and it would get annoying gettig up to flip them when I turned the tv on lol. The LEDs help a lot, but most LEDs are opposite from the dull, mine are very bright and intense, you can see them shinning about 3 times stronger than the old ones.
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That sounds great! Have they been reliable?

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We bought all new LED outside light after Christmas last year at target for 90% off. I haven't tried them yet but am excited to see the difference. My hubby wated to get them b/c they are supposed to be very energy efficent.
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Hubby and I bought a few strings of white ones for over the garage 3 Christmas' ago and also a neat string of 'colour changers' which start off red, but then change to green!

They aren't the big one's you are talking about, but we've had all 3 strings plugged in together then the last one running to an extension cord to the outlet. They've been on every night from mid-November to January for 3 years and they're still doing great.

We have 'soft' whites for the white ones and they aren't as hard on the eyes and have sort of that old 'incandecent' glow...LOL.

Thinking about buying a string of LEDs for the tree this year and seeing how they compare to the regular ones
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