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Newbie Blow Mold Question

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Last year I took donations from all my friends and coworkers to cover my house in lights. It was nice and had a huge turn out. Some of the stuff didnt get displayed. Long story short, I was given eleven blowmolds of the nativity and a few snowmen and toy soldiers. The items are in great shape on the exterior but the wiring and lights seem to be in TERRIBLE condition. I wish to use these blowmolds this year but Im not sure if theres a place to buy replacement wiring or something. Should I just hook up some other lights and put them inside? Im completely out of my element on this one. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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The small C7 lights are easy to replace. In a month or two, every store that sells those indoor Christmas village houses will have single and multiple light kits easily available. The standard base light kits are harder to replace. It might take a little creativity and persistance, but eventually yu'll be able to find standard base lights that will adequately fill the bill. Occasionally a PC member will offer some for sale that will perfectly mate up with the broken units.

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As Hoyt said the light kits will be everywhere, another idea is to buy lighted pumpkins at 75 percent off after Halloween

and use those light kits,(added bonus a pumpkin patch for next year) and in a pinch, you can just stuff in a string of lights, not the perfered method,

but it has worked for me once or twice.

My son and I just actually walked through the halloween isle of K-Mart looking at things that we could use for both Halloween and Christmas.

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If the socket (for the standard household bulb)is in good shape you should be able to cut the wire and put a new male plug end on,simple to do and available at any hardware store.if not most hardware stores have a lamp cord repair area,should find what you need.

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Thank you very much for your ideas. I was looking for something that would be easy to replace but also something that I could use some LED lighting or low wattage just to help cut down the strain on my circuits. Great ideas so far. Thanks guys/gals.

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