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paul sessel

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Yay!

Now what are we looking at? You add one half way through.. is that the new one? and what is the other?

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Yay!

Now what are we looking at? You add one half way through.. is that the new one? and what is the other?

Did you have your volume turned up? There is audio to go with it. The first one is the incandescent and the second one on the left is the LED.

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Doh... my bad. I'm sequencing on my other computer and had the selector set to that.

That looks like 1 flash per second, which is far slower than what we currently have (daryll's). And definitely not the 130 flashes per minute listed in the pre-buy list... It appears to be about half of that.

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Doh... my bad. I'm sequencing on my other computer and had the selector set to that.

That looks like 1 flash per second, which is far slower than what we currently have (daryll's). And definitely not the 130 flashes per minute listed in the pre-buy list... It appears to be about half of that.

That may be right about the slower flash. It is only a sample that was sent to me. When I order, I will specify the flash rate I want.

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Some people are asking about when they need to get an order in. I have to have your order in by 1-29-10. I can charge your card at a later date, that is no problem. I have to turn my order in to my vendor to get the pricing offered to everyone. After that date pricing is going up. It looks like it will translate to .012 per bulb. That means if you are getting 50 light sets, that would be (50 X .012) or .60 cents per string more than what I am offering. So you see, it is going to be important to get this done on time. I can also take orders later, but it will be at the newer (to be determined) price.

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One last message and I'll stop bothering you...

Any chance of getting a pic of the new incandescent strobe in the light so we can see the actual enclosure/base?

Also, if we order and we end up with the the slower flash rate rather than the faster 130/min (2-3/second) quoted, what are our return options?

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One last message and I'll stop bothering you...

Any chance of getting a pic of the new incandescent strobe in the light so we can see the actual enclosure/base?

Also, if we order and we end up with the the slower flash rate rather than the faster 130/min (2-3/second) quoted, what are our return options?

Here are pictures of the LED strobe. The only difference is the guts. You can always return products that are not received as ordered.Just as a clarification though, these flash at a rate "up to 130 times per minute" which would put them at no more than 2 times per second.

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120/min would be 2/sec. 130 suggests you'll occasionally get that 3rd one squeezing in there, though not often. I would expect a solid/reliable 2 flashes per second, however.

Return shipping cost if product is not as described would be.... yours our ours?

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Alright - I've been brow beaten into ordering red icicle lights. I should have a price for them tomorrow. They will be a 70 light, C6 icicle on white wire.

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Paul:

Great news on the Reds! Same dimensions as the Warm Whites I'm ordering... I know it's competition, but do you know anyone that would be likely to carry these exact same strings in GREEN? Thanks.

Lenny

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Paul:

Great news on the Reds! Same dimensions as the Warm Whites I'm ordering... I know it's competition, but do you know anyone that would be likely to carry these exact same strings in GREEN? Thanks.

Lenny

No - sorry!

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Alright - I've been brow beaten into ordering red icicle lights. I should have a price for them tomorrow. They will be a 70 light, C6 icicle on white wire.

The red icicles for the pre sale will be $8 per string, if there are any left after the presale, they will sell for $12.50 per string - cases of 12 only.

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Think this got missed.. regarding the strobes...

Return shipping cost if product is not as described [flash rate] would be.... yours our ours?

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Return shipping cost if product is not as described would be.... yours our ours?

Since Paul has them described in the Presale list as 130 fpm, I would trust him to come through with a 130 fpm strobe. Do you trust him to ship you the right LED you order? If he sells you a 60 fpm strobe, that is called bait and switch which is illegal. It would be like advertising full wave LED's and shipping half wave LED's. He doesn't seem like the kind of vendor to purposely screew over the people here.

I'm putting in for a case or 2 here soon.

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I never said that Paul would try to screew anyone over. Please don't suggest that I did. Thanks. :P Concern over a lack of product information is not a reflection on anyone's character.

It remains, however, that the only thing I've seen on these strobes is a line of text in a pre-buy list, and a video of one not flashing at the advertised rate. That the flash rate mis-match isn't mentioned in the video makes me wonder if anyone would have noticed if I hadn't said anything.

Now maybe that will get fixed when he places his order... But if it doesn't I don't want to be out $10 shipping to get them here and another $10 to ship them back. Possibly missing a Darryl sale while I'm waiting to find out if they're what we were expecting.

EDIT: After re-reading your post above I'd like to clarify - No I don't think Paul would intentionally mis-represent or ship the wrong items. It seems all we hear about, however, is faulty or mis-shipped product from both of our common vendors (Paul and Travis), so I believe it's a very legitimate concern. In short that's the answer to your question "Do you trust him to ship you the right LED you order?".. We'll probably never be ordering LEDs, but the answer would be no. None of our vendors (save maybe for Daryll?) have a particularly great record of getting things right the first time, based on what I've read in these forums over the past year. I would like to think they're getting better, but I'd be an idiot not to have some doubts.

Now I've heard all kinds of stuff about how Paul is great with customer service and making things right. But with as much pestering as I've had to do to get more info on these strobes and the thought that if we were shipped product not in line with what was advertised then we would be eating that return shipping cost... Well you'll have to forgive me if I don't see the "great customer service" everyone mentions. That's actually very poor customer service in my opinion. If I order a product and it's not as advertised, then that's the shippers error, not mine, and I don't feel we should be responsible for any costs in getting that corrected.

Regardless, Paul's policies are his to choose, and I don't fault him for that. Now that I've asked and gotten a response, we know all the risks ahead of time and the decision is ours to proceed or not.

Hence... "on the fence".

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"I was looking at your snow tubes but i want to make sure im right.

20 inch 320 leds per tube 5 tubes total is $95?

Can they be used with LOR?

When being used with LOR will they stay random or all on at the same time?"

We used something similar to this in our display this now past year. We controlled it with a LOR channel just like a strobe circuit. Limited to a simple on/off nothing fancy. Take a look.

Edited by Brian000
The quote from LightCrazy and Paul malfuntioned.

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"I was looking at your snow tubes but i want to make sure im right.

20 inch 320 leds per tube 5 tubes total is $95?

Can they be used with LOR?

When being used with LOR will they stay random or all on at the same time?"

We used something similar to this in our display this now past year. We controlled it with a LOR channel just like a strobe circuit. Limited to a simple on/off nothing fancy. Take a look.

Are you speaking of your "Snowflake Poles"? Do you have a post explaining those in a little more detail...or have some detail pics on this? Don't want to take the thread over...so could you PM me on it?

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