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I bought quite a few of the Home Depot 70 count big mini lights after Christmas last year. I primarily used them on the 12 leaping arches I built for this year. I have had several sets go out already, either the whole set or at least half of it.

Did anyone else use many of them in their display this year? If so am I just unlucky or are these lights not very good?

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Doug,

I used them for trees and misc bushes and have not experienced many issues. I have one set of Green wrapped around my donation box and 1/2 of it quit the other night. Been WAY TOO COLD to go out and fix it.

14 below is a little too cold to be out wokring on the display.

Dan

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What's up with all the green "big bulb" lights going out? I had a set of green "big bulb" lights go out the other night. I do like the "big bulbs also.

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You are right about the green, I had more failures on them then the other colors. I have a couple of red out and only 1 blue.

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I too enjoy the big bulbs, they look nice on the leaping arches, but of all places for lights to go out on, leaping arches are the worse.

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I have some of the red and purple and had bulbs going out during Halloween. I decided not to use the purple for Christmas, but I have the red in bushes and around windows. Some red bulbs are burning out prematurely, but the whole string is staying lit so far.

Rich

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