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    Hi there;

     

    Over the summer I acquired 15 rather large wire frame displays, each with c7 incandescent lights.  These were used at a local county drive thru display, so they are rather beefy.  I want to replace all the incandescents with c7 retrofits to save power.  

     

    In all there are 1500+ bulbs that need to be replaced; otherwise i estimate that I will need 5 additional circuits just for them!  A couple of questions: 

     

    1.  this is a sizable investment, and i am wondering about how much will I save on my electrical bill; ie is the $$ saved going to be enough to cover the costs of the bulbs.

     

    2.  I want recommendations on bulb manufacturers and reliable sources -- names, please.

     

    3.  I also want to invest in high quality bulbs; are all replacement bulbs created equally?

     

    4.  And finally, does this make sense?  Do others agree with the approach, or can you think of any other better way?

     

    Thanks!

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    Hi there;

     

    Over the summer I acquired 15 rather large wire frame displays, each with c7 incandescent lights.  These were used at a local county drive thru display, so they are rather beefy.  I want to replace all the incandescents with c7 retrofits to save power.  

     

    In all there are 1500+ bulbs that need to be replaced; otherwise i estimate that I will need 5 additional circuits just for them!  A couple of questions: 

     

    1.  this is a sizable investment, and i am wondering about how much will I save on my electrical bill; ie is the $$ saved going to be enough to cover the costs of the bulbs. I guess you can start by doing the math 7 watts vs. 0,96 per bulb, this is a big start.  Don't forget the savings of those 5 additional circuits that now don't need to be install.

     

    2.  I want recommendations on bulb manufacturers and reliable sources -- names, please.  There a various suppliers in the forums that provide quality bulbs.  Your best opportunity for quantity savings is to wait for one of the grooup sales that generally ocurr in early January (wont get any savings if you want them for this years show)  I'll leave it up to others to provide their favorite suppliers. 

     

    3.  I also want to invest in high quality bulbs; are all replacement bulbs created equally?  NO, If your frames are just going to be static, then there are NON-DIMMABLE bulbs available at a slight reduction in cost.  If you have any potential of using any special effects like twinkle or shimmer, then you will see a high early failure rate with those type of bulbs.  In the past it was more of a longevity issue with certain colors but it appears that has resolved  its self,

     

    4.  And finally, does this make sense?  Do others agree with the approach, or can you think of any other better way?

     

    Thanks!

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    I am looking to replace the C7 on our wireframe train and need about 300 lights. I called 1000bulbs.com and they were very rude and acted like I was bothering them with my order. So I will not be using them and wanted to pass my experience onto others looking for bulb replacements.

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    I am looking to replace the C7 on our wireframe train and need about 300 lights. I called 1000bulbs.com and they were very rude and acted like I was bothering them with my order. So I will not be using them and wanted to pass my experience onto others looking for bulb replacements.

    Call Val at www.christmas-leds.com she is very nice and will take care of any lighting needs you have.

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