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Blue Lights - Which Are The Best Brand To Buy

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Yesterday i put up my lights outside so i had 400 Lowes brand blue lights and when i tried them in the dark they just didnt pop with color like i thought they would. It definitely wasnt enough lights so looking to put another 400 on there. Should i just try another brand? These are brand new so i havent used them in previous years.

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IF they are incad lights the blue ae the worst. I have new walmart brand and they have already faded. I have not found a good blue yet unles you use led

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IF they are incad lights the blue ae the worst. I have new walmart brand and they have already faded. I have not found a good blue yet unles you use led

I have to agree. If you want a nice blue you need led.

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From what I have been told, the Philips brand blue incans from Target hold up much nicer than Walmart's. I have Philips red and green sets, and they have not faded yet at all, they're in their fourth time being set up right now.

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i have Philips multi twinkle lights on my indoor tree and love them but was paying $5.99 per box of 100. I was wondering if the regular blue Philips would be better than the Lowes brand. At this point i dont mind spending an extra $2.00 if it will look better.

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The Wallmart blue one doubles as white ones after a couple of seasons..I am going to treat my blue ones I bought last year as white ones in next year's display.That's very environmentally friendly I think. :)

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Lowes blues are very deep - Walmarts are a much more vibrant blue color. But, they all fade very fast. I get 2 years tops out of either of them. The Lowes ones show it the worst Walmarts fade to a tealish color first before going white. Lowes fade straight to white from the deep blue. I find the walmart blues compete better when surrounded by other lights, whereas the deep blue lowes lights get lost.

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