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Bullet100t

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I was wondering if any one has tried the super mini lights that http://www.christmasworld.com sells, here is the direct link http://www.christmasworld.com/buy/super_mini_lights to the light sets, they look like a pretty good product. They say the vendor is Village Lighting Company. Or does any one have any recommendations for mini’s?

Thanks

Bullet100t

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Bullet, I can't say that I have used these but $3.60 for 50 minilights is more than I would be willing to pay for mini's. If you can wait, you will find better deals, at retail, closer to the season. Target, Menards, HD, Lowes all sell large selections of lights, includingsuperbright lights,100 count strings, for much less. And if you can wait til after the season, you'll be able to stock up by the 1,000s. That's what most of us do.

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Bullet,

These are top notch lights however I would hesitate to call them minis, they are more commonly called ultra burst (that's Village Lighting's mistake though). I have a set of them as a sample from Village and they are incredibly bright. The lens is designed to radiate the light across the entirelens but it really is bright out the top of the lens. I sat on the floor of my two story living rom with the room lights on and shined these "minis" up toward the ceiling 20 feet above and even with the room lighting, you could see them on the ceiling. These are also used by many professional decorators. The price is usually about $5 per set of 50 but I have a feeling these are the 2005 or even earlier models. They have changed the 2006 model to include a special screw on adapter so people can have the look of a C series without all the cost of the electricity.

http://www.villagelightingcompany.com/

Jeff

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I just bought 10 100-light strings from this guy for $4.80 ea. including shipping - and these lights are NICE! They seem more "directional", but at night they light up really well.

What I like is they are TOUGH! The bulbs are much lower profile, much thicker glass, just really heavy duty lights that I'm going to make mini trees out of.

http://cgi.ebay.com/1000-Clear-Wedding-Christmas-Lights-Commercial-Grade_W0QQitemZ170003458872QQihZ007QQcategoryZ7269QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

(I'm "scottastanley" in his feedback, to see my response) He is a really fast shipper too!

Good luck.

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I just bought a couple of cases of them. I needed some extra clear lights.

Thanks for the heads up on these.

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Good God Tim! That pic on your website of the huge stack of LOR controllers makes me weep with envy!!! Good luck this year and nice website.

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Hehehe.... Thanks. I'm still nowhere near having enough music sequenced.

I have a lot of work to do and time is getting shorter.

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Hey tbl33 01, I personally havn't tried these mini's I was wondering if any one else had, let me know what you think when you get them?

Thanks

Mark

AKA Bullet100t

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Guest Jeff_Womack

Welcome to PC Yuni!

Zac, if you click on Tim's link you will see the connection.

Jeff

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kingshootr wrote:

What I like is they are TOUGH! The bulbs are much lower profile, much thicker glass, just really heavy duty lights that I'm going to make mini trees out of.

I guess I should have mentioned that in my earlier post. The same time I was shining the lights on the ceiling, I did an experiment with them on the toughness. I took the still bundled light set in my hand and basically beat them on a tiled floor with no damage. They are very tough indeed!

On a side note for post-Christmas 2006 sales, Walmart, Target, and Garden Ridge all carry Ultra-Burst lights and Walmart never seems to sell out. I always pick these up at 50 to 75% off. They ar enot Village Lighting brand but a mass market brand.

Jeff

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yep Zac~ I'm the wifey~ sorry for the delay Tim was explaining to me about them lights~ :}

Nice site you have there~

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Bullet,

If you don't get them before then, I can fish out my set of Super Mini's to show you at the Texas Christmas Light Work Shop in September.

Jeff

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Mark,

Yes, I sure did, got them today. As Jeff indicated above, they project the most light at the tip. Here is a picture of them sidebyside with a set of Walmart 100 count mini's.

The supers are on the left, the Walmart on the right.

Tim

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Bullet,

It is a huge difference. You have to try very hard to break the Super Minis, beating them on a tile floor didn't do it.

Jeff

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Bullet,

It is a huge difference. You have to try very hard to break the Super Minis, beating them on a tile floor didn't do it.

Jeff

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Mark,

I would say that they are much tougher then regular mini's. These don't have near the profile of regular mini's resulting in a much smaller and stronger bulb.

They look pretty tough but of course, I'm not going to try to break them just to see what it would take. :laughing:

Bullet100t wrote:

Hey Tim, what do you think about how tough they would be, compared to the regular mini's.

Mark

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For what its worth here is my experience with the Ultra Burst minis.

I ran 16 strands of these Ultra Burst clearlights on my mega tree last year along with 48 strands of regular minis of different colors. The Ultra Burst lights were very bright as long as the bulb tip was pointing at you other wise the brightness was no better than a regular mini. Not a really bad thing just different.

As far a durability, the Ultra Burst lights had more broken bulbs during the time they were upthan all of the other strands. The other concern I had was that I experienced more problems with GFI's tripping due to the Ultra Burst broken bulbs than the regular minis. On the plus side if the Ultra burst strands lost one or more light bulbs, the rest of the strand always stayed lit.

I still like the Ultra Bright minis and now that I know what to expect, it will be a breeze this year.

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DCook,

I am interested in which brand of ultraburst lights you are using. I have been using the ones available at Walmart/Garden Ridge/AAFES for three or four years with very few broken bulbs. I'm not doubting you, just interested in your experiences.

As far as the durability of the Village Lighting Super Mini's, as I said before I took a strand of them (still wrapped as in the above picture) and basically flogged a tile floor with them while plugged in with no breakage and I wasn't nice about the flogging.

Jeff

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Hi Jeff,

Sorry about the delay in answering your question.

I have attached a picture of the Ultra Burst lights that I used this last year. Maybe it's just thisbrand of lights that I purchased. I still like the Ultra Burst lights, I just had this one weird experience with them.

Darrell

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