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    Improving Lighting of GF Elf with Candy Cane

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    Guest Judd_Peiffer

    Does anyone have any tips to improve how the Elf with Candy Cane from GF lights up? I thought about adding a C-7 on the top of the cane, but I'm more interested in lighting the face better.

    Any help?

    Thanks in advance.

    i repinted one to use in my halloween display which i had to alter the light kit to make his face and cane light better and i believe i put a small hole in the back of the head to hook a standard bulb kit on and put a 15watt in him i think i'll have to look out in the yard tomorrow at him and let you know for sure but i think thats how i did it and it really lights his face alot better!

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    what about making up a set up like the beco pcs,a tube mounted to the base with a light socket at the end.You should be able to find the tube and light socket at a hardware store light repair area.That way the only new hole will be in the base plate on the bottom

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    Thanks everyone for your ideas. I wanted to see what other people might have done before I started cutting random holes in my mold!

    A.F. Nut - What size bulb did you use in yours? (c-7, etc.)

    I used a 40 watt cfl, just moved the existing socket up to where they should have put it in the first place!

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    I found some 25w c9 base lights at a junk store. Paid a buck each for them. I don't use BMs for Christmas, but I have a fair share of them for Halloween. This year I took the Dollar Tree skulls and put lights in them for a singing chorus. I later found larger ones that were non-lighted that I will light for the chorus. These were a heavier material so I needed more light.

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