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Worth buying C9 Cord Spool?

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All,

Just looking for some opinions. I am considering purchasing a 500' spool of C9 socket cord. Currently I have several strands of C9 that I have used in the past on INCAD lights. Is there any reason that I could not use my existing C9 cord and make the lengths that I need? Or is there any other advantages to buying a large spool? Just looking for some insight.

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Erik

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I use lots of C-9s in my display, and there all the 25 count/12'' spacing from the big box stores. At some locations in the display, I have cut and spliced with no issues. On other locations, I will just plug them in to in, but watch the total bulb count as not to over amp the controller. I buy all mine after Christmas and at $3.00 a box with bulbs, its a heck of a deal. I buy "mixed sets" and make my own red, blue, green, etc. They will cost more to run, but at that price to buy, I'm not seeing LEDs in my display for some time.........................Mike

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All,

Just looking for some opinions. I am considering purchasing a 500' spool of C9 socket cord. Currently I have several strands of C9 that I have used in the past on INCAD lights. Is there any reason that I could not use my existing C9 cord and make the lengths that I need? Or is there any other advantages to buying a large spool? Just looking for some insight.

Thanks

Erik

I guess the most important question is are you planning on staying with incandescents or switching to LED retros?

Big difference in your current capaicty

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Going to C9 retros, so that is why I went ahead and order the Spool through CDI during the Appreciation Sale. This way I can make up my custom lengths and do the lights around the windows like I want, also needed to goto LED just to cut down on the current draw as you say. No worries this year...hopefully.

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All,

Just looking for some opinions. I am considering purchasing a 500' spool of C9 socket cord. Currently I have several strands of C9 that I have used in the past on INCAD lights. Is there any reason that I could not use my existing C9 cord and make the lengths that I need? Or is there any other advantages to buying a large spool? Just looking for some insight.

Thanks

Erik

I use a fair number of C9s in my display and have generally found that I can buy a 25 bulb string for basically the price of 25 bulbs. So I don't buy bulk wire; I just cut the pre-made strings and toss leftover lengths that will be unusable.

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C9 Retros - Great!

You'll have lots of latitude in creating your stringer lengths. Last year I bought a 1000ft spool of 12" oc white. You can't find white stringers in standard retail establishement. This way they disappear on the fascia of the house and since I have an off-white / light grey roof shingle they don't stand out there either. If the color of green doesn't affect the day-time appearance and your runs or channels are in the 25 to 50 bulb range, then standard Wal-Mart C9 stringers should do the job

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We bought 500' of 24" spaced C9 sockets a few years back, my motivation was I hated taking down many strands of C9 stands from the second story eves. The main reason we went with 24" spacing was because then we could braid four strand of continuous C9's giving us four controllable channels; with the 24" spacing it allowed us to run each strand along two sides and the front of the house without over-loading the controller. The end result was much better than I expected with bulbs spaced at 12".

Another nice benefit from the continuous the strand, is we staple our strands to the eve, and during the season take down; its like a zipper, just pull and go!

This year we have purchased the Retro-LED bulbs, and we will be saving over 1,400 watts in just C9's alone.

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