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How Much Longer Will Incandescent Light Sets Be Sold?

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With the LED technology taking off and incandescent light bulbs phasing out does anyone know how much longer incandescent Christmas lights and set will be sold? I know some day they will be gone, but I am trying to plan ahead and keep converting my display to LED.

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I've been hoarding them from other people who are converting to RGB and LED.  It's time to get prepared for the incandescent apocalypse! :ph34r:

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Inefficient incandesent bulbs are not banned they are just required to be more efficient and use less power by a certain timeline. 40 watt and 60 watt are scheduled for Jan 2014. I don't see Christmas lights on the list. Looks like the 40 watt are the smallest right now. An article explains it here-  http://drpennypincher.hubpages.com/hub/The-Phasing-Out-of-Incandescent-Light-Bulbs

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I'm guessing it will take time. As long as they aren't banned, they are still more cost effective to produce and sell. And they will milk that as longa s they can. And that is fine by me :)

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I've been hoarding them from other people who are converting to RGB and LED.  It's time to get prepared for the incandescent apocalypse! :ph34r:

 

LOL....... :)

 

What happens to the Zombies?..... :wacko:

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I'm guessing in 5 years it will be pretty tough to find incandescent strands. Not because they get banned, but due to customer demand. I think there are more people wanting to switch to LED than there are wanting incandescent. 

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I was just in Lowes tonight.  They have incandescents on the shelves!

Yes at $2.99 per 100 count strand. That is this up $.50 from last years price

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Hope never....I don't like LEDs

They hurt my eyes :/ and 3D movies give me a headache (totally off subject) I prefer the soft glow of the incandescent it reminds me of glitter

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Yes at $2.99 per 100 count strand. That is this up $.50 from last years price

The  no name $3 a set lights are bottom of the barrel junk- made as cheaply as possible to sell for the lowest amount of $$$- they are less than 20 feet long and lack any of the modern improvements the more expensive sets have,like lamp locks and twist proof bulbs to help keep the sets lighted throughout the season,and contain lower wattage,dimmer bulbs..If you look at some of the other higher quality sets at lowes,like the GE sets,they are approaching the cost of a good set of LEDs!

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I like leds because halfway through the season blue minilights would fade so badly they started looking like clear. Had to replace them every season. I still use clear because they don't fade.

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LED's are simply cheaper to run - I like the softer glow of Incan's, but not the price to run them.

 

Also, I have found the better LED sets look very good, yes they are more intense in color, you can offset that by dimming them down a bit, 90% power instead of 100% in sequences.

 

Besides, even before the bulk of the shows are all LED most will be moving to RGB, as the sets get better and I hope cheaper they make is much easier to setup a large show as 1 set can do what takes 4 sets or more now.

 

Programming them still needs to improve more, however it simply works better - so, Incan's still here and doing a slow fade, LED's bright and moving up fast, RGB, slow growth, most likely the future of the tech move on bulbs.

 

Enjoy what you like, while you can get it, heck I still prefer a PDA over a large smart phone that tries to do too much. :P   that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

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I hope incandescents are still around for a long time to come! :)  I prefer the softer look of them rather than LEDs.  That being said, I am encouraged that over the last couple of years there seem to be some LEDs that are not as shockingly bright.

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Lows by me no loonger has incans.....because I bought every 100 set they hsd. 8 cases of each red green blue and clear....looks like I need to start building my new trees!!!! I love incans...but I do have warm white leds for my icicles and a few other things. They look almost like incans, most people are suprized when I say they are actually led. The best part is they are constant on if a bulb falls out the rest all still stay lit....no more dead sections :-)

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...but I do have warm white leds for my icicles and a few other things....... The best part is they are constant on if a bulb falls out the rest all still stay lit....no more dead sections :-)

Icicles are notorious for that problem and they're always high up on the roof and you got to maneuver the ladder around all the other stuff on the ground.  I can see a huge benefit to that.

I confess that I did buy WW leds from CDI for some indoor garlands.  Every year I was having to replace incans on them because they were on all the time and bulbs were burning out like crazy.  Not anymore!

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The best part is they are constant on if a bulb falls out the rest all still stay lit....no more dead sections :-)

That's why I use parallel-wired (C9 or E27) strings.  ;)

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I really do prefer the look and glow of incans. I know my display is 90% leds but here in Belgium we only do get 40 amps standard on 220 volts, so running an entire display with over 30.000 lights would be to much i think.

Also prices for electricity here are going over the roof, so i'm thankfull for leds, otherwise it would not be possible for me to run my display. BUT i prefer the look of incans ;-)

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That's why I use parallel-wired (C9 or E27) strings.  ;)

 

I was wired in parallel once - but then I started to blink and my wife had to unplug me! :o   I don't know why she thinks I have put my finger into the wall socket once too often - seems she thinks that is what started this whole lite brite thing at christmas. :P

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in UK almost all shop only stock LED for outdoor purposes, and the occasional incandescent for indoor - as most have said, its to save energy etc. I dislike those bright blue leds, not so bad in an arctic/ice theme but not by themselves, they hurt my eyes. I still prefer the warmth and glow from the traditional warm white bulbs.

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