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LEDs in blowmolds

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I have a few blowmolds in my display that I will be hooking up to a controller to flash and dim this year. They are the Empire Reindeer and Sant in sleigh. They are on my roof and I am worried about the bulbs blowing from the added stress of the flashing and dimming. The wife doesn't want me to have to go up on the snow covered roof to change the bulbs when they blow. What LED bulbs can I use to light them? The reindeer use a C7 and the Santa uses a regular base light bulb. Thanks for any input.

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LED bulbs and blowmolds do not mix. i had done a comparison of them and a regular C7 and it guess it would take 3 to 5 C7 LEDs to make the light a regular C7 makes.. maybe more.. here is a picture i took of identical SMALL molds. needless to say the one with the regular C7 is on the right : )


These are the C7 LED retros sold by most of the retailers here on PC.

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You can buy LED retrofit bulbs that are the same size as an incan c7..you just have to make sure they are dimmable, many LEDs are not and they will not perform the way you want them too. But with that said, I use incans in all my blow molds. I also control them with LOR. At the beginning of the season, I put in all new bulbs for any molds that are high (I also fly my reindeer) and I have never had one blow yet.

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