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C-9's/C-7's/Mini's???

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All of you here in PC are a great bunch of helpful&knowledgeable people and I am torn. I have been using C-9's to outline my house's since 1988 and I know full well that they are juice hoggers(it shows on my fpl bill every x-mas season). The reason I use C-9's is because all of my homes were two-story, and I feel if I use anything smaller than a C-9, the illumination won't be as visible from the street to people. I would really like to put mini's, but (as stated earlier) I hesitate. I hear&see so much about L.E.D's, but are they bright enough compared to the old trustworthies? I would really like to change&save money, but I am afraid of compromising beauty for buck.

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All of you here in PC are a great bunch of helpful&knowledgeable people and I am torn. I have been using C-9's to outline my house's since 1988 and I know full well that they are juice hoggers(it shows on my fpl bill every x-mas season). The reason I use C-9's is because all of my homes were two-story, and I feel if I use anything smaller than a C-9, the illumination won't be as visible from the street to people. I would really like to put mini's, but (as stated earlier) I hesitate. I hear&see so much about L.E.D's, but are they bright enough compared to the old trustworthies? I would really like to change&save money, but I am afraid of compromising beauty for buck.

I have a smaller house so I don't have the issue of being seen from the street. I have used mini's to border the roof. I didn't like the brightness as you are afraid of . So I tripled the number of lights. I use three strings on top of one another to bring the brightness up to where I wanted.

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NY - I have outlined my roof sections with C9's for a long time, I have also thought of LED C9's to save on power but they just aren't bright enough. At one time I used 675 C9's (225 Red, 225 Green, 225 White) just on my gutters - they looked great but the idea of power conserving had to be addressed. I now use 4 channel C9 cord that I made and have a bulb every 12" as opposed to every 4" - I tell you all of that because C9's are very traditional and I personally enjoy the traditional look. Also, I cover my entire roof with mini's (Red & Green) besides the C9's, the boxed in border looks great -

To hopefully answer your question, I don't think LED's are as bright and look as nice - also LED's are much more expensive initially but in the long run will save. I haven't converted because my personal preference is C9's & Mini's!

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NY - I have outlined my roof sections with C9's for a long time, I have also thought of LED C9's to save on power but they just aren't bright enough. At one time I used 675 C9's (225 Red, 225 Green, 225 White) just on my gutters - they looked great but the idea of power conserving had to be addressed. I now use 4 channel C9 cord that I made and have a bulb every 12" as opposed to every 4" - I tell you all of that because C9's are very traditional and I personally enjoy the traditional look. Also, I cover my entire roof with mini's (Red & Green) besides the C9's, the boxed in border looks great -

To hopefully answer your question, I don't think LED's are as bright and look as nice - also LED's are much more expensive initially but in the long run will save. I haven't converted because my personal preference is C9's & Mini's!

All my feelings exactly. I do want to save quite a bit on juice, but don't want to compromise light output. With A two story home, i'm afraid of mini's, or c9(L.E.D.'s) getting lost. Basically, I want to blind inbound aircraft(just joking), and those won't do it. I just wish there was a way to string more than three sets of regular c9's together.

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Hi All.

I replaced all my C9 s with the 5led retros from Illumimax they are brighter and more colorfull than my incandesents. i bought the blue,red and green they are dimable and fade very nice and now all my C9s retros might equal 1 or 2 strings of the incan for the power useage and yes if you look at my pics you see i outline the house and yard with C9 s. give the man a call he is most helpfull or email him.

Don in Kenner,LA

Jeff Trykoski

Illumimax, LLC - Frisco, TX

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214-450-5189 (direct)

214-390-3887 (fax)

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Last year we added extra power to our house to support our Christmas lights. We C7's on our trim rather than C9's.

We don't care for the look of the LED's.

I've seen mini's on house trim. They look ok, but definitely don't have the effect of the bigger bulb.

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4 years ago I bought a box of LED's from sams club just to see what they looked like, on the house. This was about a week before Christmas. Had about 20 strings of C7's on the house all neat and finished. I laid the LED's on the handrail of the deck and plugged them in. Then unplugged them. Got in the car and went back to sams and bought a bunch of LED's. Took ALL the C7's down and put the cheapie sams club LED's up that night. All my neighbors asked me the next night what I did to make the lights on the house look so much better! Of course now sams/walmart has shrunk the size of the LED they put in their lights. Too bad the old ones looked good.............

Jim

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I outline the gable on my 2 story home with C9 LED's (5 LED's per light).

The lights are mounted horizontally, so they are viewed tip to socket.

In this position all 5 LED's can be seen. They are just as bright as

C9 incandescents.

Stan

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