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Thought On Flextech Lightshow By Gemmy

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Hello fellow PCers I would like some feedback on the lflextech light show by gemmy LED set that kmart is selling. Its a bit pricey at 80 dollars for 12 feet.

Ideas, pictures, videos are welcome because I would really like to add these to my display.

J

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Lowes has it and they are $59 for 12'. I would be shopping there and saving a ton of money if you need much of it.

From the videos I have seen it looks pretty cool.

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Looking carefully at the strings I note that the colors themselves do not chase. The colors are set in place and are turned off/on in sequence to give the look of a chase.

Might be useful but really depends what effects and control one wants from their lights.

Good Luck!

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all ideas are great, I wanted to use them in white for a runway simulation for my roof because I have an airblown airplane and I want to make it as a runway. the only feer I got is that I live close to the airport and I might attract a plane LOL to land.

So movers pack? what do they ask you for?

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It is an envelope at the post office for people moving. It has change of address forms in it and things you would need to move, such as coupons :-). Glad to know there's a lowes coupon in it. I"m going to get some of those. Look out P.O. we are all about to raid you!

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all ideas are great, I wanted to use them in white for a runway simulation for my roof because I have an airblown airplane and I want to make it as a runway. the only feer I got is that I live close to the airport and I might attract a plane LOL to land.

So movers pack? what do they ask you for?

When you go to the P.O. tell them you need a change of address form for you and your mother that way you can get 2 coupons in one trip.

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It can't be controlled by LOR. It comes with its own controller. Now, if you are a wiz at electronics, you might be able to figure out a way, but that kind of thing is beyond my skills.

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Kathy saw these on QVC and got really worked up about them. She bought 2 sets and wants to put them across the front of the house. They actually only have 10 ft lighted the rest is the plug and lead wire. She ran them for a while yesterday and they are pretty cool. Just don't know about buying 4 more sets. That's over $200 even with a discount.

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Well, a box here and a box there. We are up to 5 boxes, Just need one more to completely go across the front of the house. Kathy wants to take the Gemmy LED bulbs we had been using for the last 3 years and put them on arches on the picket fence. I told her we won't need as many sets for the fence. We have had a Gemmy 3 tree light show set from Lowes' that we used for the last 5 years but last year we had some problems with it. Did not get a chance to work on it to try and get it fixed. There were not many in the stores, in fact we had to drive 50 miles to find one. The display ones were even being sold.I'm going to be off for the next 9 days so I hope I can get some stuff put up. The tape lights is one of the first things Kathy wants up.

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