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Making LED icicles??

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I have a bunch of red and green incondesent icicle sets that I use in my display. I want to switch to LED but can only find blue and white. I was wondering if I can buy 70ct straight LED strands in red and green and remove the LEDs and put them in the wiring of the icicles that I have currently? I was figuring I could remove the rectifiers from the straight LED sets and solder onto the icicle wiring. Are the rectifiers specific to LED count? I would buy 70ct LED sets but my icicles are 100 and 150 count strands. Any help or info would be appreciated.

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I would not recomend this unless you have the proper voltage calculation. Just go buy some from VAL at Christmas-leds.com

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Nothing is impossible but this is a close as you can come. You do realize that icicle lites are wired much different then LED strings. They are wired in series parallel set up. If you have 1 bulb burn out you will see that 1 or 2 strings will go out and they may not be next to each other and may have 8 to 12 bulbs involved. A LED string of 70 bulbs is made up of 2 series strings of 35 bulbs each with rectifier and possible resistor on each series. To make icicle lights work with LED bulbs would take a lot work as you would have work with proper voltage and rectifiers. I don't feel it is worth the effort.

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Thanks for the reply. But those lights are only 8.5' for $20 on red and $30 for green, plus the drops are too long, they would hang to the ground on the stakes around my yard. I need roughly 175' of each color, or 20 boxes of each. That would be $1000 that I don't have. I can get the LED 70ct sets local for about $9 each and would need 50 total. That is only $450 which is still out of the budget currently but is closer to possible than $1000. Guess I am just trying to do a little work to get the same effect cheaper. My wife is totally against a large purchase because she doesn't see the decorating the same as I do. One of these days I will be LED, but not at the current prices. Any one want to buy incandecent icicle lights in green or red on white wire? Maybe if I sell my overstock she would let me purchase LEDs.

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OK so what if I bought 100ct LED sets and used my 100 count icicles? The strands I have are two circuits of 50 lights. When I pull a bulb out half the strand dies. Does this still mean the wiring is no good for LEDs even if I get the ends off a 100ct strand?

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