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There was a thread a while back about Countdown clocks

Justin posted a link to his site with this sign

http://www.freewebs.com/hillsdalechristmas/2006display.htm

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I understand the bulbs are simply screwed in to the correct sockets as needed

That works for me, very simple & effective

Question: Are the empty sockets filled with something in the meantime?

How far in adavnce do you put your clock up?

With bulbs in a figure "8" you could go up to 99 days :cool:

Did you rewire, or simply use (2) 25 ct strings?

I'm thinking of using a board & drilling out from the back to insert the sockets

Since its still cold out & I'm bored I'm thinking of working on this

Any other info or ideas people have greatly appreciated

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Are the empty sockets filled with something in the meantime?

I leave the sockets empty. I tried it one time putting the bulbs in just enough so they didn't make contact, but you get the best effect only using the ones that are lit. It is always possitioned in a place where it no kids can get to it, so I don't worry about that really.

How far in adavnce do you put your clock up?

This is setup when the rest of the display is, about a week before Thanksgiving. But it remains off untill everything else comes to life. I put bulbs in the two middle sections so it appears as 2 dashes. Last year, I debated on making a temporary sign for a countdown to lights on with it.

Did you rewire, or simply use (2) 25 ct strings?

I did no rewiring, everything came out perfect. A strand does one digit perfect!

Tip: Behind the lights if you put a black rubber mat it will stop the glare off the lights more than just black paint.

If you have any other questions, let me know.

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Thank you!!

I realized after I looked at my drawing I had 27 bulbs on each side

25 makes much more sense

How far apart did you place the bulbs?

2-3 inches?

I was thinking I would not need the 3 bulbs on the 1st number, left side top

Except for very top bulb

Unless you go to "4" on the 1st digit

The 1, 2 & 3 do not use that area :)

But I guess if I wanted to advertise 99 days til Christmas :happytree:

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Scuba_dave wrote:

How far apart did you place the bulbs?

I believe I space them about a inch and a half apart. But I had to sketch them out several times on the board before, I was happy. I can take an exact measurement tommorow it.

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1. do you use a eight pattern.Beacuse with a number Eight it would be possible to make all the numbers there are
2. I do not have any c9 sockets. Is it possible to get some this time of year. OR what diameter did you make your hole for the socket as I could make the board and then add the sockets once they become avalible.

Dave and Justin what do you guys sugest

I Love The Clock

Ricky

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Richard III wrote:

1. Yes, I did use a figure 8

2. I would suggest watching ebay. That or garage sales.

Here is a ebay auction, I just found and lucky enought they put dimensions on the bulb. (What are the odds of that)

http://cgi.ebay.com/25-C-9-Christmas-Lights-with-Green-Cord-and-Red-Bulbs_W0QQitemZ300027955849QQihZ020QQcategoryZ38231QQrdZ1QQssPageNameZWD1VQQcmdZViewItem

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I have like 40 strings of C-9s, so I am looking for alternate uses :)

I guess 350w for a sign is kinda a lot of wattage, but it will stand out

I think using channels for something that will only change once a day is sort of a waste. I'd rather use the channels on something else

My display usually shuts down before I go to bed

If not I can simply make it a habit to change it each morning

Another idea I just thought of

Use rope light to make the figure 8's

Then make black-out bars to move around to create the numbers

Rope light would only use about 40 watts

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The channel Idea would be only if I had a bunch of extra channels (Doubt it) :laughing:

The Rope light with the black out bars is a neat Idea. I personaly don't like rope light too much so I think I would stick with the C-9 bulbs.

Good Idea (Glad I though of it) :laughing:

Just Kidding

Ricky

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Its not bad changing the bulbs. Just make sure that if it is wet you turn it off first, with all the open sockets. Most of us go out into our displays when we turn them on and once we turn them off, so this only takes a few extra seconds to take care of.

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