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for 8 years I've been using c9 led in a (w-r-w-g) layout, for some reason i just thought the extra set of white would make the roof pop more....I really don't know what my thinking was back then well and i just never changed it. I set my roof line lights in light order w-r-w-g and tie wrap each 4 set of bulbs so they wont move and face the same way. I know... its a ton of work when you need 11 sets back to back just to do my roof line, so its 11 sets of each color all tie warped together then i tie wrap it again after each set of 4 lights. now i use the the old c9's that are non changeable, so every time a light goes out i have to change the whole set, and omg its a nightmare to do that, cutting all the tie wraps un tangling all the lights because i have to replace the whole string of lights.

so here is my question, years ago the retro c9's in no means came close to looking as good and weren't dimmable. I see now they are, the question is c9 dimmable lights how well do they work with lor, I dont know if i should switch over to retro fit c9's and i dont know the good and bads about them. can anyone who is using them please chime in and let me know the differences. i really need to make a choice to do somthing for next season soon.

Thanks,

Ralph

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Mornin' Ralph,Ralph here.I make my C9 strings with LED retro fits,in red,green and white,in that order.The bulbs are from CDI,each has 5 diodes,so they are incredibly bright and colorful.And yes,they dim beautifully.I've received email from inbound flights into Norfolk International complimenting us on our stunning light show!(kidding,of course).

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Morning guys, and thanks for the help, I really am getting so excited now thanks, i'm going to make the switch!. one last question for you. my roof is going to need 200, bulbs in each color, since this will be new to me how many extra should i have on hand at all times.

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Jim, from what I've heard form a lot of other people and now here... i would say go with the retro bulbs. I have had the led c6,c7and c9 single led bulbs for 5 to six years now, and they have never been GREAT, and the c7's and c9's are the encased lights so if one goes out I would always be twitching because I would want to take the whole string down and replace it. don't get me wrong, now house looks great,

But.... when it comes down to it, I have always liked the look of the old style c9's and the ease of just replacing a bad bulb......it just makes seance to me. so for me, i have about 2000 c9's and c7's I am going to replace with the retro bulbs this off season. So if you are just starting out, spend your money on the retro bulbs if you can. just make sure you get the ones that dim, if your using a lighting program and controllers. good luck.

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Hey everyone!

Yes, c9 retros are great, but MAKE SURE you buy the DIMMABLE version.

They are a bit more expensive but make all the difference.

We offer all sorts of c9 dimmables at our store. If you don't see the color you want, just let me know and we'll find it for you :).

Check us out (and I bet you won't find a better price anywhere).

Store.LightsMusicMagic.com

Enjoy!

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LED Retro bulbs have come a long way. I have spent thousands over the years looking for a bulb that would pass the abuse test. Manufacturers from all over the world kept sending me bulbs to test out and the results were never posititive. Oh, some came close, but not close enough.

In 2008 a vendor sent me a new C9 retro to run through my "LED KILLER" testing, and I was very impressed. The manufacturer of those bulbs was Minleon. In fact, I was the one that created this video 3 years ago:

The examples in the video used Cool White C9 bulbs and Light-O-Rama hardware and software. Additional testing was performed by others with D-Light and Animated Lighting hardware, and some of the still photos are of those testers.

The Minleon product is generally a good product, and I do recommend it.

Fabian

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OK I have another question, my roof border takes 8 strings each of c9 light strings in each color. and now that im going retro i need to get the stringers, So here is my question, will there be any problems if a get a a couple of 100 foot stringer's and plug them in back to back instead of getting 8 25 foot stringers? does it create any kind of a electrical problem or anything I might not know about using LOR or these retro c9 bulbs, and i have to tell ya, im pretty excited already. from what im told just the brightness form my old one led light to these 5 led retro bulbs are going to blew me away! cant wait!

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OK I have another question, my roof border takes 8 strings each of c9 light strings in each color. and now that im going retro i need to get the stringers, So here is my question, will there be any problems if a get a a couple of 100 foot stringer's and plug them in back to back instead of getting 8 25 foot stringers? does it create any kind of a electrical problem or anything I might not know about using LOR or these retro c9 bulbs, and i have to tell ya, im pretty excited already. from what im told just the brightness form my old one led light to these 5 led retro bulbs are going to blew me away! cant wait!

I don't see any issues with this. I use one continuous string with C-9 retros for my roofline and have had no problems running the entire string off a single D-Light channel.

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