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Thinking about going with c9 leds

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I am thinking about changing over my lights on my house to the c9 leds here is my problem. I need to use 4 different colors which would mean alot of lights and many shingle clips and alot of time. What ideas have people come up with to make hanging these lights quicker i dont mind pre fab work but i was trying to think of some short cuts and i am coming up short lolololol

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Funny I am having same thoughts.I want to run 4 colors maybe 5 on my gutters and make window frames.Was thinking some kind of 2*4 and nailing each string on.With 4" spacing though it would be tight.Only way i can figure to build window boxes is to buy bulk green wire and use retrofit c-9 led bulns as I need custom lengths. Every where I have read on hee says you can not cut LED lights easily. I hope someone responds who has done this,it would help us both.

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Funny I am having same thoughts.I want to run 4 colors maybe 5 on my gutters and make window frames.Was thinking some kind of 2*4 and nailing each string on.With 4" spacing though it would be tight.Only way i can figure to build window boxes is to buy bulk green wire and use retrofit c-9 led bulns as I need custom lengths. Every where I have read on hee says you can not cut LED lights easily. I hope someone responds who has done this,it would help us both.

You could use something close to 2x4 but i dont think you'd need that big of wood, you could use furring strips, that probaly work, or you could also use pvc pipe.

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I had the same problem. I used 2 X 4's. I wanted the extra weight to keep it on the roof. I have 4 different colors. I mounted light clips to the wood and put the lights on them. I cut each string at the end of the 8 foot 2 X 4. I then attached male and female plugs so I could remove them at the end of 8 feet and I don't waste any light strings. I like the fact that they look pretty straight when mounted. I also used a locking clasp to tie each 8 footer to the next one. I also threw a couple of sand bags on them just in case. I also wanted to mount these on the roof faster, most of the work is done on the ground.

Chris

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Here is the link to a prior post of mine.

http://forums.planetchristmas.com/sh...ad.php?t=36328

This setup accommodates two (2) channels of C9 LEDs and one of Ultra-Brites minis. We have some brisk winds here in the recent week and all have remained in place. Each set of legs or stand-offs are about 5ft OC and that is the anchoring point. There is a piece of #12 wire running between each leg and that is attached to a shingle clip with the rope light clip tab removed. This method sure saves my shinlges and is a time saver while on the roof (pe-assemble each section on ground).

Since you are in an area subject to snow, just remember that the LED WILL NOT generate any appreciable amount of heat to melt the snow around them. If I was doing it to accommodate potential snow I would elevate them higher.

Hope this is helpful.

Merry Christmas

Dave

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I used LiteClipStrips from Colonnade (http://www.liteclipstrip.com) this year and so far have been super happy and glad I got them! We'll see how they hold up over the summer, but I've heard from people that have had no problems. I can't wait for next year to see how fast it is to put up my lights all on our house in perfect placement! I'm using 12" spacing of C9 LEDs, two colors. Here's a photo: http://christmas.tysonh.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/G-Town2009_red-green-1024x682.jpg

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I used LiteClipStrips from Colonnade (http://www.liteclipstrip.com) this year and so far have been super happy and glad I got them! We'll see how they hold up over the summer, but I've heard from people that have had no problems. I can't wait for next year to see how fast it is to put up my lights all on our house in perfect placement! I'm using 12" spacing of C9 LEDs, two colors. Here's a photo: http://christmas.tysonh.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/G-Town2009_red-green-1024x682.jpg

what did u use to afix the strips to your house i used silicon and little by little they started to pop off and that was with c6's now i want to go with c9's ever 4 inches so thats alot of weight. I watched some of your videos and i just wanted to know why does it seem like your lights on ur roof outline look so dim is it the angle. Im a little hesitant on going with the c9 leds i want to make sure its gonna look good at all angles.

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what did u use to afix the strips to your house i used silicon and little by little they started to pop off and that was with c6's now i want to go with c9's ever 4 inches so thats alot of weight. I watched some of your videos and i just wanted to know why does it seem like your lights on ur roof outline look so dim is it the angle. Im a little hesitant on going with the c9 leds i want to make sure its gonna look good at all angles.

I went with stainless screws, that had white painted heads and am really glad (so far) I did. Obviously it was more expensive, and time consuming, but I'm hoping in the end it will be worth it. The only place I could find those screws was True Value's Nuts & Bolts stores, which we are lucky to have 2 of their 3 "test" stores in this area. I bought all of these screws both stores had! LOL

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I went with stainless screws, that had white painted heads and am really glad (so far) I did. Obviously it was more expensive, and time consuming, but I'm hoping in the end it will be worth it. The only place I could find those screws was True Value's Nuts & Bolts stores, which we are lucky to have 2 of their 3 "test" stores in this area. I bought all of these screws both stores had! LOL

So ur lite clip strip stays on the house but each yr you have to clip every light back onto the strip???

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So ur lite clip strip stays on the house but each yr you have to clip every light back onto the strip???

Correct, each bulb has a clip on it, that I'll clip on the strip each year.

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anyone have any closeup pictures of the lite clip system installed with lights?

Here's some photos of the strips, with LED Retro C9 bulbs.

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So every 6" on alternating sides there is a screw (12" between screws on the same side of the strip) in addition to two screws at each end. I made a jig out of a piece of 1x1 that I used to make the predrilling of the strip easier. It's not necessary, but it was much easier installing, and I knew exactly where I "should" have put screws!

LCS_2_TKH_9058.jpg

Plenty of room, and strength to hold up cords for strobes, as well as icicle lights.

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I am thinking about changing over my lights on my house to the c9 leds here is my problem. I need to use 4 different colors which would mean alot of lights and many shingle clips and alot of time. What ideas have people come up with to make hanging these lights quicker i dont mind pre fab work but i was trying to think of some short cuts and i am coming up short lolololol

On the eves of the roofs, I installed a lot of 1" brass cup hooks a while back. They make hanging the lights quick and easy. Don't go more than 2' between them or they look saggy and sloppy.

On the roof peaks, I found that with the C9 LED retrofits, I can lay them down pointing toward the street and they are brighter than vertical. A lot of light is directed towards the bulb tip. Then a few staples will do. I have an asphalt shingle roof.

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