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How many incandescent bulbs did you replace this year?

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My wife and I placed 80 wireframe deer and 24 twig trees in yard this year. When we took them out of storage we inspected each item and replaced all defective bulbs before we staked them in yard. This year I replaced 127 bulbs during the pre inspection. Each evening I would walk through the display and tag wireframes that had more than one bulb out. If just one bulb was out I would replace it on the spot. For items with more than one bulb out I would remove them from the display the next day and repair it in the warmth of the garage. During the display season I replaced another 20 bulbs. This year prior to putting everything in storage I inspected each item and replaced all defective bulbs. That was another 13 bulbs. So this tear I replaced a total of 160 bulbs. Did anyone else see this level of maintenance? Here in Florida we do not get snow but we do get rain. I could always count on 3-5 defective bulbs after even a small rain.

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Did you replace 20,000 individual bulbs or are you counting replacing the entire string of lights? If we are counting entire strings then I can add another 9000.

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I replaced all the strands with LED. I'm guessing there were 20,000. For all I know there could have been 25,000. I gave them to a local women's shelter.

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I replaced NO bulbs this year, this is the third year on my LED strings and I have yet to lose a single one! BTW, My electric bill for December actually went down $20. My advice, look at what your bill went up, spend that on replacement LEDs and you will still put the same cash out of pocket but only once! I do have a bag of several hundred multi colored mini bulbs I yanked from strings I was replacing with LED (I couldn't just throw them out!) They are first come first served, shipping not included. :)

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The only bulbs I replaced during the season were on my coro Marching Band. I replaced 47 bulbs out of 10,000. I know there are some more out that I'll have to replace before it goes in to storage.

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On the outside display less than 10, but on our indoor tree we had two whole sections go dark and ended up replacing 91 bulbs. The strings are so wrapped and wired to the branches that if they go permanently bad it will mean a new tree and not replacing the strings. This tree was new in 2004 and I have not had to replace very many bulbs until this year.

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I had two separate grapevine deer that each had a section of 50 bulbs go bad. I have a theory that after six (6) bulbs go bad the voltage goes high enough to burn out the remaining bulbs. This is what motivated me to seek out single defective bulbs before a section goes dark.

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