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merrymidget

Longevity of light strings

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OK, I have been debating the usefulness of converting to LED and other than the reduced power usage {allowing one to run MORE lights} here is my stumbling block- all christmas lights are rated for Temporary usage partly because the light strings themselves are constructed from both wire and lampholders that are not UV {ultra violet} protected- which means they will basically fall apart over time when used outdoors.....so what good is a led that burns for 50,000-100,000 hours {100-200 seasons of use} when the wires/lampholders will never last anywhere near that long? Seems like 5 years of outdoor seasonal usage would be a realistic lifespan, and then one is back to thinking why not just use the cheaper incandescent sets with their 3000 hour bulb life and replace the sets with new every 5 years?

Can one purchase special "heavy duty" led strings that are manufactured of UV protected materials that would last anywhere near the lifespan of the LEDs themselves, because there would seem to be a need for these, especially for those that would like to wrap outdoor trees and use/leave up permanently{especially bars/restaurants and other commercial uses}.

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OK, I have been debating the usefulness of converting to LED and other than the reduced power usage {allowing one to run MORE lights} here is my stumbling block- all christmas lights are rated for Temporary usage partly because the light strings themselves are constructed from both wire and lampholders that are not UV {ultra violet} protected- which means they will basically fall apart over time when used outdoors.....so what good is a led that burns for 50,000-100,000 hours {100-200 seasons of use} when the wires/lampholders will never last anywhere near that long? Seems like 5 years of outdoor seasonal usage would be a realistic lifespan, and then one is back to thinking why not just use the cheaper incandescent sets with their 3000 hour bulb life and replace the sets with new every 5 years?

Aye! Your thinking like a Pirate!

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I don't know about "falling apart". For What I use the lights for, I cannot justify spending the amount of money to convert to LED.

Also, I don't care for the "glow" factor of LEDs. I did start to convert some trees only because it does give a nice contrast with the standard bulbs.

I won't probably in my life time totaly convert to LEDs for that reason.

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