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budduke

switch from c7 to led

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Hopefully I have posted in the correct area,

I have searched all over looking for answers so I thought I would try here. My display has 4 100ft c7 strands going around my yard. I bought the strands without any lights in them and I bought boxes of red and green lights and I put 2 red lights and 2 green light alternating across the entire strands. It has become a trademark of my display. The wire is getting brittle after hard winters in Ohio and now I am wanting to switch over to LED lights doing the same thing and now I have questions. What size led lights light up the same as a C7 light bulb? Can I buy strands without the lights in them and buy just red and green led lights to put in the stands? I have not been able to find any solutions or stores selling anything like that. I know I can buy a red string and a green string and switch the led's around but my experience is the LEDs are harder to work with then the screw on bulbs.

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated!

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You can make your own strings with this:  https://www.homedepot.com/p/500-ft-18-Gauge-C7-Stringer-Light-Set-457500SHO/301886142?MERCH=REC-_-PIPHorizontal1_rr-_-301886091-_-301886142-_-N

Then buy LED replacement bulbs for them : https://www.homedepot.com/p/C7-Red-LED-Light-Bulb-Pack-of-25-367009D2HO/301876003 

https://www.homedepot.com/p/C7-Green-LED-Light-Bulb-Pack-of-25-367003D2HO/301876021

You can find them a little cheaper online. Also it depends on if you want to dim the bulbs or not. Non dimmable is cheaper. Doing it this way is a more expensive but better quality than store bought pre-made lights.

Tom

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thank you for the quick response. I thought I looked all over home depot's site. They make LED lights that screw in, interesting, but at $1 each, that adds up when you are talking about 400ft.
I was hoping the cheaper led strands that you pull the light in out might have the same setup somewhere but your idea would work. I would just cry every time a kid unscrewed a light and ran off with it.

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15 hours ago, budduke said:

thank you for the quick response. I thought I looked all over home depot's site. They make LED lights that screw in, interesting, but at $1 each, that adds up when you are talking about 400ft.
I was hoping the cheaper led strands that you pull the light in out might have the same setup somewhere but your idea would work. I would just cry every time a kid unscrewed a light and ran off with it.

We have a good selection of C7 retros and empty wire: https://www.holiday-light-express.com/C7.php

The reason it's more expensive than regular strands is that our bulbs have 3 LED;s in them so they are brighter. The pre-made strands have  a single LED in them and don't look as nice as the retro fit bulbs. 

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