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So far, the LED strings I've boughten from local retailers are averaging less lifespan than my cheap old incancesdents. I'm a little grumpy right now-- I just had another string go half-dead. Why? It's rusted silly. This would have been season #3 for it. I wonder if I made up the difference for using a $11 string of lights instead of a 80-cent one I already owned? :rolleyes: Meanwhile my mega-tree lights are going on season #7 (although I've recolored some of them, and probably will more of them this year), and some of my other lights are even older...

I like the look of LED's, but I'm sure not convinced there's any savings. In fact, I'm convinced they're costing me a magnitude more...

First you must understand that LED's are not real christmas lights.

Second I don't think they are yet up to standards. SOme expensive nes can be good, most big box store ones are not.

My endevor into LED was two years ago, and the lights lasted about 2 weeks.

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First you must understand that LED's are not real christmas lights.

Second I don't think they are yet up to standards. SOme expensive nes can be good, most big box store ones are not.

My endevor into LED was two years ago, and the lights lasted about 2 weeks.

Not real Christmas lights? If you mean they don't heat up, don't send your electric bill to the stratosphere and don't start with washed out colors that get even more washed out when the paint fades, then I see your point. No, they're not the same as the traditional ones, and I do have a single string of C7s I use for indoor decorating just for the look of the W-shaped filament in a non-faded, dark colored bulb (I searched hard for extra dark ones), but outdoors it's all LED. Beautiful, pure colors, no fading and low power consumption outweigh the non-traditional look.

It's unfortunate that so many people are having reliability issues, I have 7 strings of 70 that are on their third year with only a single bulb failure. I use them 8 hours a day from November to February and leave them up all summer. They came from a box store too (Costco).

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I think it is going to be awhile before I switch to LED. It takes about $150 to power my display for the season but it would cost $15,000+ to replace all the lights I use in my display to full wave LEDs. I can replace all my lights with incandescents for $1500 with after Christmas sales and around $3200 if paying full retail price.

It would take 10 years to break even with LEDs and I have serious doubts that the strings would make it that long with all the problems I hear. Also there is no way I could even afford $15,000 for LED lights at this point of my life even if they did last 10 years.

I believe in saving energy but there are a lot of other areas in my energy usage life where I can cut down and make up a whole lot more than $150 without spending $13,000 to do it.

As soon as it makes sense to go to LED, I am sure I will switch.

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Don't I have to save the receipt to get a replacement after the 3 years?? Or is that just a false? Anything else that I know of that has had to be replaced has required a receipt? maybe i should make "electronic" copies of it??

I have all my receipts and box barcodes in one location for fast retrieval if I ever need them... along with my replacement bulbs and fuses in ziploc baggies labeled with a sharpie as to what they are for (100ct ES, reg 100ct, etc.)

Handy little box at times! ;)

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Don't I have to save the receipt to get a replacement after the 3 years?? Or is that just a false? Anything else that I know of that has had to be replaced has required a receipt? maybe i should make "electronic" copies of it??

I would scan it, we all know what happens to receipts nowdays with the heat paper that they use. just look in your coat pocket from last winter, can't read that receipt can you?

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I would scan it, we all know what happens to receipts nowdays with the heat paper that they use. just look in your coat pocket from last winter, can't read that receipt can you?

You must have some hot pockets! :P

I have receipts from 3 years ago in my "little box" that I can read just fine (happened to look at them a few days ago)

Making a backup copy is probably still a good idea though! ;)

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Thats nearly what I do anymore.. there's to many to try and do an exact count. I do know that my mega tree has about 10,000 lights on it just by its self. I was just curious.. I think I am close to 40,000 like 35,000 probably.. but im not sure. Just thought I would ask since you were one of the people that helped me when I needed it to get going and such. Good luck with your 2009 display.

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To tell the truth, I don't count anymore. I tell people "around 40,000" but I could be north or south of that by several thousand...

Jeez Tim.....what kind of serious decorator are you? Real decorators can tell you down to the bulb. 40,289.5 bulbs.....7654' of extension cord and powered by 112 windows 7 computer controlled channels sequenced to a FM frequency of 107.3 FM with a transmit range of 289.66' :giggle:

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Jeez Tim.....what kind of serious decorator are you? Real decorators can tell you down to the bulb. 40,289.5 bulbs.....7654' of extension cord and powered by 112 windows 7 computer controlled channels sequenced to a FM frequency of 107.3 FM with a transmit range of 289.66' :giggle:

I remember close to 10 years ago, there were discussions here on whether people could count lights they had blackout caps on, etc...

Some people take it pretty seriously. I just make up numbers if people push me for them :) Last I did a rigid count 3-4 seasons ago, I was just north of 35K, and I've added a bit since then... Next year, I'm toying with removing several thousand tree lights and replacing them with LED RGB uplight floods. The effect should be much cooler, but it will cause my bulb count to go down considerably... Switching to LED's has also 'hurt' a bit, as I usually replace 100 strings with 70's...

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Don't I have to save the receipt to get a replacement after the 3 years?? Or is that just a false? Anything else that I know of that has had to be replaced has required a receipt? maybe i should make "electronic" copies of it??

Jeremy, call the manufacturer to find out what's required. I had saved all UPCs and receipts. When I went to get a bad string of GE LEDs replaced, I called the manufacturer, Santa's Best Craft, and was told the date code molded into the plug was all that was required. No receipt needed (unless they weren't manufactured in the year you bought them. Then save the receipts.)

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