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Hi Dave, welcome to our happy madness. I don't know if you planning on automating or not, but make sure you get LEDs that have a full wave rectifier if you do. The typical ones from big box stores are have wave (tis cheaper) and do not play nicely with dimming circuits. I don't know if the Costco LEDs are full wave or not, and I have never seen it stated on any box as to whether or not they are.

Good luck with your new hobby and if you have questions, ask away!! You will usually get inundated with helpful advice and sometimes even spirited debate about the best way to proceed with an issue.

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Thanks for the heads up, Takoda. You are right, the box from Costco does not state full or half wave, so I will assume half to be safe. I don't plan on automating this year (the wife is not on board yet) but if/when i do i will make sure NOT to use the Costco lights. Guess I'll be looking for full-wave in the after-Christmas sales!

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Don't do it! Run away, it's a trap - first you think, wow a few lights will look good, then you see other houses with more and you think, I can do better than that!

Then you see the cheap big box store flashing lights and you think, hmm, if I can control the lights how cool will that be.

And then you start dreaming of more lights, more control and having more people talk about your display, and before you know it, you are out of control!

I started with a few strings, then went animated 3 years ago, so in terms of numbers I went from 500 lights, to 5,000, to 17,000 and now 30,000! Uggghhhh!

You have been WARNED!

Now with the disclaimer out of the way, let me add my welcome to a very cool group of people, I have without fail received answers to my questions and lots of ideas on how to improve my display.

I now endeavor to share ideas I have had (see July 2012 issue of planetchristmas magazine) to help others while still getting help on my setup as well.

Enjoy the madness and understand this stuff is like popcorn in a roach motel, you get into the hobby, but you dont' get out!

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Don't do it! Run away, it's a trap - first you think, wow a few lights will look good, then you see other houses with more and you think, I can do better than that!

Then you see the cheap big box store flashing lights and you think, hmm, if I can control the lights how cool will that be.

And then you start dreaming of more lights, more control and having more people talk about your display, and before you know it, you are out of control!

I started with a few strings, then went animated 3 years ago, so in terms of numbers I went from 500 lights, to 5,000, to 17,000 and now 30,000! Uggghhhh!

You have been WARNED!

Now with the disclaimer out of the way, let me add my welcome to a very cool group of people, I have without fail received answers to my questions and lots of ideas on how to improve my display.

I now endeavor to share ideas I have had (see July 2012 issue of planetchristmas magazine) to help others while still getting help on my setup as well.

Enjoy the madness and understand this stuff is like popcorn in a roach motel, you get into the hobby, but you dont' get out!

OMG so true

Welcome to the fun

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Don't do it! Run away, it's a trap - first you think, wow a few lights will look good, then you see other houses with more and you think, I can do better than that!

Then you see the cheap big box store flashing lights and you think, hmm, if I can control the lights how cool will that be.

And then you start dreaming of more lights, more control and having more people talk about your display, and before you know it, you are out of control!

I started with a few strings, then went animated 3 years ago, so in terms of numbers I went from 500 lights, to 5,000, to 17,000 and now 30,000! Uggghhhh!

You have been WARNED!

Now with the disclaimer out of the way, let me add my welcome to a very cool group of people, I have without fail received answers to my questions and lots of ideas on how to improve my display.

I now endeavor to share ideas I have had (see July 2012 issue of planetchristmas magazine) to help others while still getting help on my setup as well.

Enjoy the madness and understand this stuff is like popcorn in a roach motel, you get into the hobby, but you dont' get out!

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Welcome to the most addicting year around hobby that anyone can ask for. We listen to Christmas Music all year around and spend hours listening to the same ten notes just to get the timing right. Start small and let everything grow one year at a time with you ultimate goal in mind that you will never be finished. One year its arches, next year a mega tree, but why just one mega tree lets have two, or three. More arches, more trees. Its a project that forever grows with time.

Welcome to our fun and I hope that you display brings you and your neighbors many years of happiness. Always remember that the more you put out in the yard the more precautions you will have to take becuase vandals and thieves do not always share our passion.

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