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So I moved into a new house in January 2011 and of course I have waited until the last minute to start planning for this year. Although I am looking to increase the size of my display each year and eventually add a LOR controller I have to start small. I need guidance on where I should purchase lights. The first thing I plan on doing is icicle lights on the front of the house. It's about a 90' span so I need quite a few lights. Where and what should I be buying? I'm planning on going incandescent, can't afford LED at this time. I found these lights at K-Mart online. What are your thoughts? As well, any direction would be helpful.

http://www.kmart.com/shc/s/p_10151_10104_009W668212110004P?prdNo=4&blockNo=4&blockType=G4

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My recommendation would be to start out by buying somewhere local. Personally, I don't have many options for local (wal-mart and lowe's), but I buy almost all of my lights from them. Typically, their prices are just as good as anything you can buy online, but the fantastic part is, if they don't work, or something happens, you can easily return them without having to pay return shipping, having the hassle of return shipping, and you don't have to wait several days. Walk-in, return, and grab a new box. As far as quality goes, I have been using the same strands of lights from wal-mart and lowe's (mostly wal-mart) for probably 3 or 4 years now, and I have not had one strand go out yet (knock on wood).

Some may have a different opinion from me, but the only time I would recommend buying online is in two separate situations. The first being LED, and if you care about half-wave or full-wave. For me, I do not care, and I do not want to pay the extra cost for the full-wave, so the half-wave which wal-mart and lowe's carries is fine by me. The second being rope light, and if you need lots of it in custom lengths. You can buy rope light spools online which you can custom cut and add your own plugs too. Much nicer for the big DIY'er as opposed to buying 18' lengths from the big box stores.

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Most incandescent icicles only allow you to connect 2-3 sets together. My roof requires 4 sets. In the past, I have always ran an extension cord to the middle of the 4, used a splitter, and had 2 sets of icicles plugged into each other and then plugged into the splitter. The 4 sets of icicles cannot be plugged into each other (because they total 2.4 amps, but you are only suppose to connect up to 1.75 amps end to end), but my extension cord is rated at 10 amps, and my circuit is 20 amps, so I have no concern plugging in all 4 to the same extension cord and circuit as long as they are not connected end to end.

You could do something similar, split them up or plug into a splitter so they're not connected end to end.

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I know the 100 ct fuses are rated for 3 amps, never checked the icicles. The math would say you could theoretically connect 9 strands together and maybe not blow the fuse...taking chances the closer you get to 3 amps if you do that. The 20-22 gauge wire on mini strands should handle that. I always obey the rules of 3, but a long time ago (when I was about 12 with a youthful mind) I'd connect a dozen strands together and never blow a fuse. Try it and find out I guess, worst case is you have to replace that fuse.

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I would wait untill the sales start and get LEDs doing a 90 ' span of icicles in incandescent might cost more just for the cost of extention cords involved. I ran 150' of icicles on 1 extention cord using LEDs.......Lowes ns HD start their sales around thanksgiving that might still give you enough time to decorate with them.

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