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XmasLightGuy

Amazing Chasing Lights .. Not So Much

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I'm sure some of you saw those LED sets at Home Depot.. black box/called "Amazing Chasing Lights". Every box had a "try me" button.

Did anyone get any on clearance?

I picked up a few of the C7 "pure white" today, and:

The "try me" button works fine, but when I disconnect that (as the instructions say) & plug them in, they come on but are very dim...not just one, or two, but all 4 sets :(

If you got those lights, did the things actually work? is there some secret/something I'm missing

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I bought 10 sets of the GE multi-color changing 36 count icecylce lights from Lowe's in Dec 2010. When I plugged them into my 2011 display, they emitted an RF signal which was picked up by the controllers. This problem caused lights to come on thoughout the yard when they were not supposed to. Spent several hours with the GE help desk with no success. The filter which you place on the electrical cord is supposed to limit the interference.

I finally removed them from my display and the problems went away. I installed the lights in my neighbor's yard separate from my display just to get the effect.

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I saw those same lights and passed on them.

I did not find them to be amazing at all.

They looked dim to me as well. ( A pretty dim person to begin with) :P

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I never did get these to work...and simply returned them as defective.

I picked up a couple sets of the 12ct C9 'Brilliant White' 'LED LightShow' instead ... those are much nicer and actually work :), and also got some of the 'Starry Night' LED Icicles too, also nice lights there!

I did see the GE color changing icicle lights at Lowes this year...they looked cool, but were also too expensive for me LOL

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