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MR16 bulbs for sale

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Okay so I bought these last fall with all the great ideas of building some LED floods for the display but didn't get around to doing it in time.

Now I have another use for my DC controller and can't really see getting these done anytime soon and they will just not be enough for my display.

So my foolishness can be your gain.

I have 20 of the MR16, 12 volt, 32 LED bulbs along with 20 of the socket leads and 20 of the 22 ohm, 2 watt resistors to make them work with LOR.

There are 5 each of red, green, blue, and white bulbs.

As an added incentive I will throw in 10 - 60 MM clear globes that can be used with 2" PVC to make the covers for the housings for them. I was going to build them according to http://www.plymouthlights.com/mr16howto.htm so I bought accordingly.

These bulbs sell from $6.40 to $7.65 on wireKat's site as of now.

http://www.mrsixteen.com/products/products.htm

I will sell the lot of this for $125 plus shipping.

That's compared to $162.75 if you were to go and buy the bulbs, leads, and resistors and you would still have to get the 60MM globes as well.

Looks like the whole thing will fit in a priority flat rate box so shipping should be around $10 to $15 for anyplace in the lower 48 states.

PM me if you are interested.

Thanks

Bill

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