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Any Luck With Using Lowes's Brand Of Led Lights?


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It seems to me the problem with LOWES-HD-Most BIG BOX Stores that sell the unsealed type of light strings is the string of lights will work fine the first season .....the problem arises later when water get inside the socket and it starts to corrode the contacts because the contacts they use for LED sets are not copper even though it may look that way.......Their MFG's use the thinnest cheapest piece of metal for the contacts that will pass code.

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Two years ago, it was common to find steel leads. But now they have almost universally switched away from steel. I believe Paul S. even mentioned it was a new UL requirement last year. So, corrosion should be a thing of the past. So, they are probably using tin-plated aluminum if I had to guess.

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I certainly am not trying to start a flame war over what steel alloy the chinese are putting in their light sockets, but just remember if you have to replace your light string next year or the year after where was the savings........ from the big box stores???

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It's hard to argue with a magnet :)

I know Walmart switched last year because I had lights from 2009 that were steel and stuck to the magnet, but not last years. And the Martha Stewart lights at HD from 2010 also stuck. I presumed the MS lights had been manufactured before the supposed UL requirement.

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I only buy sealed bulbs or the GE brand from Lowes. The only problem that I have had is where the plastic light bulb has fallen off and left the LED exposed. Some corrosion developed but a new replacement of the entire LED solved it. I have used numerous other non sealed Leds and generally throw them away (along with my money) after about three seasons.

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I've never used die-electric grease, but last year, I plugged in all of my LED lights in the house near heat vents for a day before putting them away. We had tons of lights all over the house, what a mess. But, we have had no failures this year. 100% of our 20,000 LEDs worked right out of the tubs this year. They were purchased from Costco, Sam's Club, Lowes (GE), and about 50% of them from Meijer over the course of the past 5 years.

For the C9 LED's that were on the roof, I unscrewed the lens and let them drain in the dishwasher. They were bought from Sam's Club, and we had a lot of bulbs that rusted in prior years, usually making half the strings go out. Light Keeper Pro always found the rusted bulb for us.

The GE M5 bulbs from Lowes rusted too in previous years, but I could always spot the rusted bulb pretty quickly.

So far, never have had a burned out LED bulb or have lost a string of LED lights due to failures.

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