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C7 LED Retrofits

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What are the BEST C7 LED retrofit bulbs? And when I say BEST I mean the absolute closest to incandescent. I can't stand the cold look of LED lights, I am going back to incandescent's next year but i'd like to still use LED C7's to line my house, only because i'd prefer 1 watt per bulb instead of 5 or 7 watts. If I can't find what i'm looking for, then i'll just use incan's to line the house.

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On 12/10/2018 at 4:04 PM, Scott Rob said:

I have been working on trying to find a C7 LED bulb to change out my incandescent C7 with new C7 LED (SMD). In blow mold sheep,TPI angles, and others that use a C7 bulb. Below is a set up I did to try to get the best idea of brightness and voltage when dimming. The first picture is at 124V and second is at 40V. The list beside each bulb is the information about each type of bulb. All of these seem to dim about the same amount. 

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The top four are C7 LED SMD. The bottom three C7 are incandescent bulbs.

 

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The opaque bulbs (we call them ceramic style) would be your best bet if you don't light the harshness of LED's. The opaque bulbs lens absorbs the light instead of reflecting it, as shown above.

We have our pre sale going on now which has some pretty good pricing on C7 bulbs. 

https://www.holiday-light-express.com/C7_SMD_Ceramic_Bulbs.php

 

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Go with the HLE bulbs.  Use 7 colors, substituting teal in place of blue - red / green / orange / teal / warm white / pink / yellow.  A total of 5 'warm' colors and the mellower teal instead of blue should create an overall warm glow.  I have such a set of 29 C9s from HLE waiting at the house, I'll be by in a few days to check 'em out.

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7 colors, "teal" in place of blue. The teal is blue, but a much nicer shade of blue. Bottom pics are deliberately underexposed.

 

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I have received my order from Holiday Light Express. I did a little set up and different voltages picture. I am very pleased with the dimming it’s better than other types. Attach are some pictures sorry I can’t fix rotation.

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