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It is good to know about the intensity when mixing with C9s.  For next year, I had planned on using an inexpensive 2 channel fading controller.  Oh well, I will have to find a way to get some strobes into my display.  This is my first year and I can't wait to decorate for next year once I place my pre-sale orders.  I will now have to Google the Rockefeller tree.

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I have the CDI strobes, bought them about 5 years ago, but they do not go off at different times, they just all blink in the same sequence.  Am I doing something wrong?

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What is the time duration that they are on?   I found the longer they stay on the more random they get

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They are only on for a short period of time.  But I think when I first got them I let them run for a while.  I'll drag them out of the garage and try again, but I've been pretty unhappy with them, especially since they cost me around $200.

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bbbear92, I would be curious to read your final opinion of the strobes because I was thinking of ordering some for the pre-sale at CDI.

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bbbear92, I would be curious to read your final opinion of the strobes because I was thinking of ordering some for the pre-sale at CDI.

I think the xenon have the best pop. The Led just blink.

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I bought several from Christmas Light Show. 20% failed after one month of use, even with holes drilled as instructed. Not a day of warranty with these. Will look elsewhere for my strobe lights from now on.

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I think the xenon have the best pop. The Led just blink.

 

Then what is the difference between the LED strobes and the LED twinkling C9/C7 bulbs?

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I read somewhere that the strobes are not meant for extended use.  I usually have my static display on 8 hours a day.  Can I still use the Xenon or LED strobes?

 

I plan on just adding them to my string of C9 LEDs to give a twinkle effect.

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I bought strobes from Christmas Light Show also. I used for the first time in 2013 season. I did put holes in them as instructed except for 2. Those 2 failed. I guess I lost count and missed those two. The others where fine all season with much rain, and up and down Tennessee weather. I will add more for 2014, not sure if I use CLS again. Burning the holes in the strobes were risky as you better not hit the board or other inside workings, then you ruin them  before you even get to use them. Don't want to bash CLS (I have bought a lot from them besides strobes), but that's a lot of risk when others are just plug and play.

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I buy strobes from wowlights.com (not LED). They don't need any drilling of holes, and have been in heavy rain for two or three seasons and are still working fine.

Ours are water proof with an IP44 rating and are on our pre order sale at $37.50 for a ten pack at www.creativedisplays.com

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