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Guest Theresa Gilmore

LED Ice cycles, help!

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Guest Theresa Gilmore

:121_reindeer:We drove around looking at Christmas lights last night and saw some really beautiful displays... some that really caught our eyes where the LED ice cycles. They look like there really ice! Where do we get them from??? I thought we could get them from japan but I'm having no luck. The lights are inside of a ice cycle shaped plastic. Can anyone help?:121_reindeer:

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Theresa:

Are you referring to these icicles that are on my house on upper roof? See photo below.

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These were available at Costco, but they sell out fast, I bought 10 boxes in September when they first appeared. They were gone by Halloween. Last year in 2008, I bought only one box, then tried them out after I realized I had them the day after Christmas, then found people bidding $45 on eBay for them!

They are $19.99 for a box that has a string 9 feet long, and the total of LEDs is 96. It's made by GE, and officially called the GE LED Ice Crystal Icicle Set. There are 19 "icicles" per set, each continuing super bright whiter than white LEDs. This set lights up the surrounding area like a fluorescent light!

On eBay they keep bidding up over $30, for good reason, everyone wants them, no one has them.

This year I bought 10 sets, expecting to sell half on eBay to double my money, but I ended up donating 6 sets to Gods Little Acres in Coconut Creek instead.

Everyone who drives by my house comments on how spectacular these LEDs icicles look.

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The ones I'm seeing that I have not been able to find, but showed up on a lot of houses this year are ANIMATED, they are white/blue and they appear to be "dripping" like the icicle is melting away. It's is really very believeable too, they look fantastic, Wal-Mart WAS supposed to be selling them, but I couldn't find them, nor did I ever see them there, I saw static ones, but these really look like they are literally melting by the effect it gives. I'm hoping to find this particular set somewhere, but I have no idea who actually makes them, but they sure look really nice with that melting ice effect!

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That sounds like the Gemmy Shooting star Icicle Lights - www.gemmy.com

I saw them at Lowes a few weeks ago but they are gone now.

Sam's had those the week before Thanksgiving. I don't recall the price but it would have cost hundreds for the 10 or 12 strings to do the front of our house. They do look cool though.

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I just picked up 2 boxes of them yesterday at Sam's Club, they are marked off 50% now, I paid $19.95 each and they were originally $39 just a week ago! They still had plenty left at my Sams Club.

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Our Sam's had the dripping icicles for $15, and they had a lot left as of today. I also found some "static" icicles (same crystal look, just not "dripping") at Home Depot. I was wondering for those who animate their lights (I am a new LOR user), would you suggest getting the static (and being able to dim, etc.) or go with animated and I presume be limited to on or off given they have electronics controlling the dripping. I realize a lot depends on the look you want to achieve, but just wondering if cycling the dripping variety tends to reduce their life, or folks think that the "static" versions give more punch?

Galen

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Menards had them at about $20-$30 per strand (the animated kind), maybe even more for the longer sets. I liked the look of them, had they been a good $10 cheaper I would have bought some.

But no. I bought a set of color changing pine cone lights instead. (they were from the same company??)

They are sold out of them since the end of November. The pinecones, much sooner.

I've also seen a fixed, non dripping kind in Walgreens, but I passed them up because they were blue. If they were cool white, I may have gotten them.

Edited by Love4Brightlights

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Well all the HD's around me are sold out so I'll swing by Lowes on my way home to see if they have any left. I heard Kmart may carry these Gemmy 8 Light LED's

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