Jump to content
Did you know?
  • The original Rudolph did not have a red nose. In that day and age, red noses were seen as an indicator of chronic alcoholism and Montgomery Ward didn’t want him to look like a drunkard. To complete the original picture, he was almost named Reginald or Rollo.
  • The Christmas wreath was originally hung as a symbol of Jesus. The holly represents his crown of thorns and the red berries the blood he shed.
  • The three traditional colors of most Christmas decorations are red, green and gold. Red symbolizes the blood of Christ, green symbolized life and rebirth, and gold represents light, royalty and wealth.
  • Tinsel was invented in 1610 in Germany and was once made of real silver.
  • The oldest artificial Christmas trees date back to the late 1800s and were made of green raffia (think grass hula skirts) or dyed goose feathers. Next the Addis Brush Company used their machinery that wove toilet brushes to create pine-like branches for artificial Christmas trees that were less flammable and could hold heavier decorations.
  • ‘Jingle Bells’ – the popular Christmas song was composed by James Pierpont in Massachusetts, America. It was, however, written for thanksgiving and not Christmas.
  • Coca-Cola was the first company that used Santa Claus during the winter season for promotion.
  • Hallmark introduced their first Christmas cards in 1915.
  • 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.
  • Santa Claus's sleigh is led by eight reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder (variously spelled Donder and Donner), and Blixem (variously spelled Blixen and Blitzen), with Rudolph being a 20th-century inclusion.
  • Outdoor Christmas lights on homes evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. Lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe.
  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.
  • Christmas 2018 countdown has already begun. Will you be ready???
  • Why do we love Christmas? It's all about the traditions. In this chaotic world we can miss the "good old days." Christmas reminds us of that time.
WWNF911

LED Lights at Costco

Recommended Posts

I noticed this week that we already have LED light string displays up at Costco. Box of 100 C5 for approx. $13.00. C9's are a little more.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I noticed this week that we already have LED light string displays up at Costco. Box of 100 C5 for approx. $13.00. C9's are a little more.

I found 2X 100ct mini white led's for $11.49 at my costo

Its almost tempting to convert entirly to leds' but thats too expensive of an option to me so far.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I saw that today. One GREAT thing to note. These are GE brands and not Holiday Creations as in the past. I have had problems with Costco - Holiday Creations. I am hoping the vendor change is good for the reliability of the LEDs.

Also they did look to be full wave. The icicles are outstanding, and 100bulb strings versus the 70. I may just make the switch to LED icicles if these test out with LOR.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ramp test with LOR and the Costco icicles. They ramp fine, but between 50%-65% there is a very noticable flicker as the ramps passes through that range. Otherwise they look and work fine.

So I may get one more string of the icicles to go on one separate display item that will be constantly on. So the ramp issue won't matter, and just stay with incandecant icicles until they get the problems with the ramps worked out.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ramp test with LOR and the Costco icicles. They ramp fine, but between 50%-65% there is a very noticable flicker as the ramps passes through that range. Otherwise they look and work fine.

So I may get one more string of the icicles to go on one separate display item that will be constantly on. So the ramp issue won't matter, and just stay with incandecant icicles until they get the problems with the ramps worked out.

Mark, I'm glad you tested them, thanks for posting. I saw the icicles today also and was tempted to pick some up. 9.5' for $14 is a pretty good deal, I just won't use them with LOR if I get them.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Mark, I'm glad you tested them, thanks for posting. I saw the icicles today also and was tempted to pick some up. 9.5' for $14 is a pretty good deal, I just won't use them with LOR if I get them.

Carrie, that is a good deal. I was hoping because my icicles are one of my largest amp consumers in the display for me. I have been watching them over the past few years develop. One more thing to note, not big, but the string length is the same as a 150 bulb icicle. So you have less lights in the same space as you did before. The down strings are spaced just a bit further apart.

I got some icicles (70ct) from Reinders. Again, I have been talking to Laurie for 3 years now about these. I have picked up a few samples to test in past years. I am using 6 strings of this years with LOR. They are half wave, but not too much flicker and for what I need them for (Lister Church Arches), I was not too concerned. My only complaint is that the strings are very poorly twisted/wrapped. I had to secure the down stringers with white zip ties. That is a trait of all the icicles I had seen until these GE units. They were just like the commercial incandecants I already use.

I will keep waiting for the icicle "quality" to catch up with the other LEDs.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest Lightzilla

I noticed this week that we already have LED light string displays up at Costco. Box of 100 C5 for approx. $13.00. C9's are a little more.

Ya here in the Edmonton, AB area our Costco had them out for the last month. 2 boxs of full wave 70 count red LEDs for for $17.00 and blue, multi and whites are 2 boxes of full wave 70 count LEDs for $20.00. So it works out to $8.50 per box for full wave 70 count red LEDs and $10.00 per box for the other full wave 70 count sets.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


×
×
  • Create New...