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  • The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on that day.
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hotrod1965 last won the day on June 2 2016

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About hotrod1965

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    I love hearing from my customers all the ways their displays affect their communities,
  • Location
    Vicksburg, MI
  • Biography
    Director of Sales and Installation for Holiday Light Express
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    Energy Efficient Lighting
  • Occupation
    self employed
  • About my display
    We put up a ton of LED dispays!
  1. The voltage has nothing to do with actual power that is consumed. Voltage is just the potential. Watts is the amount of energy used. So it doesn't save you anything going to 12v from a 110v system. 12v is safer, because the potential is lower. But, a 12v light that uses 0.5 watts, still consumes the same amount off electricity as a 110v light that consumes 0.5 watts. http://www.newelectric.com/whats-the-difference-between-amps-volts-and-watts/ But, to answer the question about usage. Our new SMD c7 and c9 bulbs for 2018 use 0.58 watts per bulbs. This compares to 5-7 watts of an incandescent. This would be a big usage savings. Our 100 count 5mm strands use about 7 watts, where a 100 count incandescent uses about 40 watts.
  2. 2018 Pre Sale is Live!

    Greetings! I hope everyone is have a great light show season! It's that time of year to start our pre sale! It is just like past years, where it runs from now until the end of February. Orders over $1000 ship for free. Orders paid in full get an extra 2% discount or you can pay a 50% deposit with the balance due when your order is ready to ship. One big change this year is with our C7 and C9 bulbs: We are switching over to bulbs that have a SMD LED. It's "Surface Mounted Device". Think of it as how a LED flashlight LED works. Instead of having a cluster of 5 LED's, we now have one high powered LED. In theory, the SMD bulbs should be more durable because there are fewer parts. They also have a little more light output. For our Ceramic style bulbs, this is a manufacturer change from the previous ceramic bulbs. They are now being made by Minleon, which is who made all our faceted bulbs in the past. This is for cost reasons. We've combined manufacturing and shipping on all our bulbs now, which has dropped the price. You'll see that pricing on all our C7 and C9 bulbs is lower this year because of this. We also have three price tiers this year. Single bulbs, 25 pack and full case of 1000. Our RGB line also got a make over for 2018. A lot of our RGB strands are now being made to work seamlessly with our Pixel Command Center controller. This makes setting up pixel displays a little more plug and play than in the past. All strands have plugs, as well as various lengths of pre-made extension cables are now available. We should be getting our first load of these before the sale is over! We have a bunch of lights in stock and ready to ship now. These are all at pre-sale pricing, making it a great opportunity to get a great deal with immediate shipping! The list of in stock lights can be seen here: https://www.holiday-light-express.com/in_stock_lights.php As always, if you have any questions, don't be afraid to ask! Merry Christmas everyone!
  3. LED's that look like Incandescents

    Most folks who want something that is similar to a mini light end up going with our T5 style. Warm white is going to be as close as we can get to a incandescent bulb. https://www.holiday-light-express.com/T5_LED_Christmas_lights.php
  4. Raindrop lights, meteor lights, snowfall lights, etc

    You'll see them on Friday when the sale goes live. Nothing is showing now because it's all out of stock. So it will be a true pre-order on those. But, the C9 ones are a hair cheaper because they have no wire. So you could just buy some bulk wire and sockets....... little more work, but a little less money.
  5. Raindrop lights, meteor lights, snowfall lights, etc

    They come with 1 foot spacing, but we also sell 2, 5 and 10 foot spacer wires. They are really nice and double sided, which is why they are pricey. But, in two days, pre-sale will start, and you can pre-order them at a discount. Also, we will have a C9 variant this year, where they screw into a C9 socket instead....
  6. Raindrop lights, meteor lights, snowfall lights, etc

    Slim pickings this time of the year, but these are the cascading light tubes we sell. https://www.holiday-light-express.com/LED_Light_Tubes.php Here's a video
  7. 1yr Old C9 LEDs Failing

    keep me posted and let me know if they have stopped failing.
  8. 1yr Old C9 LEDs Failing

    Any new appliances in the house that may surge? Like a humidifier, well pump, high powered floods? What about the timer? Was that new this year? I've seen timers kick lights hard and cause them to fail.
  9. What are "blobs at ends of strings?

    correct. Rectifiers to take your lights from 60hz to 120hz, which makes them brighter and flicker twice as fast you can't notice the flicker as much.
  10. 1yr Old C9 LEDs Failing

    1. Make sure the bulbs are screwed in all the way. Sometimes they get lose when being taken up and down, and they just get backed out. 2. Make sure the contacts aren't corroded. 3. Check your power source. If they are plugged into a circuit that gets surged a lot, or if it's running a higher voltage than normal... this can cause lights to fail, especially after they have been installed for a little while.
  11. After Christmas sales

    All our RGB stuff is ws2811 smart pixels. It's pretty slim pickings this time of year, but pre sale will kick off in about 12 days and you can order whatever you want at a discount.
  12. Looking for LED version of old school incandescents

    We have old school looking twinkle C9's you can mix in with any C9 bulbs you wanted. https://www.holiday-light-express.com/C9_Ceramic_twinkle_bulbs.php Here's some videos of our ceramic style bulbs.
  13. After Christmas sales

    Just an FYI. Our normal price is 25% less than this... https://www.holiday-light-express.com/C6_LED_Christmas_Lights-50.php
  14. After Christmas sales

    Depends on the product. But 10-40% off. We run the sale from mid December through the end of February.
  15. After Christmas sales

    our pre sale will be starting in a couple weeks. Thats the best deal of the year. Plus, we always have inventory, so if you order early, your pre sale may actually instantly ship. https://www.holiday-light-express.com/