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Planning for 2011...LED's!

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I am looking ahead to 2011, and I want to do my roof (griswold style).

I think LED's are the way to go for the roof for durability and longevity. I have not measured, but I am guessing my roof is 50-60 foot wide, by 40 foot long. I do have an interesting roofline that has a dormer in a section. I will post a decent picture within the next few days.

I would like to upgrade to LED's, but would probably have to do 2 or 3 colors per strand, so I am looking at purchasing alot of LED's.

Where is the best place to purcase by bulk at a year end sale?

I also like the LED's to cut to fit my roof needs so I don't have any extra haning over.

Any ideas?

Thanks!

Phil

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i was thinking...even if I space them apart by 12 inches, that would be 40+ strands at 50-60 foot in length each...times that by 3 or 4 colors so I am looking at 160 strands at 60 foot each...

fyi...I am new to LED's, so any info would be great.

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Try Paul at Creative Dsplays Inc. I have made several purchases from him without any problems or any drama! Everything purchased has operated as stated and is amazing. Very good products with outstanding customer serivce and personal attention from Paul himself. CDI stands behind their products and has quality goods. Paul is a good person and will help you as much as he can. I'm just a very satisfied customer and want to spread the news. Paul, I take checks or money orders...LOL

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FYI - Creative Displays also has a pre-order sale early in the year, followed by another one in July. At that time, their prices for LED are about as low as anyone else, but they are also sealed commercial grade. I expanded from under 4,000 LEDs to over 12,000. The early strands are junk in comparison to the new strands. For the new strands, quite a few came from the pre-season sale at http://www.holiday-light-express.com and the bulk of the remainder came from http://www.creativedisplays.com. Both are great. Watch for the sales and lowest prices starting in January.

Oh - I would suggest not mixing the same color from different vendors. They might not necessarily be the same. You will notice, but most others will not.

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LaSalle, IL ?! I used to live in Batavia! We loved Starved Rock camping! Seeing someone from LaSalle just sort of reminds me of home I guess.

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FYI - Creative Displays also has a pre-order sale early in the year, followed by another one in July. At that time, their prices for LED are about as low as anyone else, but they are also sealed commercial grade. I expanded from under 4,000 LEDs to over 12,000. The early strands are junk in comparison to the new strands. For the new strands, quite a few came from the pre-season sale at http://www.holiday-light-express.com and the bulk of the remainder came from http://www.creativedisplays.com. Both are great. Watch for the sales and lowest prices starting in January.

That had better be some sale. The current "sale" prices are still $10-20 per strand of lights (12 boxes of 100ct warm white from creative displays is $240, reg price $600). That doesn't seem to be any cheaper than they were a couple of years ago. Even at $5 per 100 I'd be looking at $1100 to replace all of my incandescent minis.

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Actually I just moved to Dalzell...right outside of LaSalle.

Nice to see some locals on here!

Thanks for the suggestions for the lights!

Phil

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As per teh above suggested sources I can agree. But your desire to "cut" the strings to make them fit with no overhang......I do not see that happening. I do not know af ANY manufacturer that makes an LED string "trim-able". Strings come if different lengths...using some forethought, you shoul;d be able to use your calculations to get close to what you need.

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If you want cut to fit LEDs you may need to go with LED rope light. I bought LED rope light by the 100' roll and cut it to what ever length I wanted. (at least it was no longer than the next available cut line : )

As for where to buy your LED lights I would disagree with post # 3. My experience was no where near that. YMMV

My next LED purchase will likely be from http://www.environmentalled.com/ which is a member here (hotrod1965).

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Hey y'all. I am not sure if y'all have seen my thread here http://forums.planetchristmas.com/showthread.php/43923-LEDs-for-2011-Possible-early-sale! but we have already start a pre sale of sorts for 2011.... This will be our first year doing this so we will be in the same boat. That being said I have poured a lot of time into making sure we get the right product and tested it at great lenghts. You can visit the Pre Sale Survey here.. http://www.magicinthesky.com/lighting/pc.htm basically we are trying to fill and container and just seeing what people would order first before we buy from the factory... Also the prices are decent, but you will find that upgrading to LED will be at a decent cost to you... I may suggest that you pick a color and upgrade each year. Thats what I did at a public display that had some money to upgrade but not enough to do all at once. PM me if you have any questions about anything.

Ryan Gardner

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That had better be some sale. The current "sale" prices are still $10-20 per strand of lights (12 boxes of 100ct warm white from creative displays is $240, reg price $600). That doesn't seem to be any cheaper than they were a couple of years ago. Even at $5 per 100 I'd be looking at $1100 to replace all of my incandescent minis.

Larry - the Chinese have made changes in production to improve the quality issues they had by using cheap disimilar matels. Now that they have gone to all copper, prices have gone up. Given the increased demand however these increased manufacturing costs did not pass onto the consumer in the form of a price increase, but instead they are cost neutral. Hopefully in time the prices may come down a little, but I do not expect much...

Greg

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It might be useful for you when making your roof strings, to make superstrings. I used this method to make my front yard megatree, and we start by twisting together 2 strings say green and red, then twist on a blue, then a white string. We invented a great but simple aparatus which connects to your drill, which I have posted a coupe of years ago, but here's the short Youtube video I posted showing us making these braids of lights.:

The photos below shows what our superstrings look like, so you have 4 colors on one thick braid of strings. This way every year you only have to lay out maybe 40-50 strings instead of 160 strings!

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