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coro snowflakes!

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So bright I couldn't get a clearer pic.  But I think I'm gonna like these. Kind of excited to use them in this coming season. Going to put blue lights in another and see what I like better!

Don't mind the wire for the lights, it'll get cleaned up when I figure out what I like best!

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Is that snowflake from Boyscosudios  I just got a order this week have not had a chance to test yet.  Yours looks good .

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Yes I ordered the pack with 4 different designs in them.  They are really nice.  Holds the mini /m6 lights really snug. 

I'll try to get a couple more pics up soon. 

Again sorry, I cannot get a really clear picture for some reason 

20160130_150418.jpgI think I'm going to put white wire lights on these.

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I got mine from Boyscostudios. Real durable and really worth the money. You can see some of these in action at the first of this video;

 

 

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Now something that you need to be aware of, the snowflakes that I used needed jumpers on mine. Would have to go dig them out, but I believed I had 5" spacing on my square pixels?  Still had to put in a 4 or 5" jumper on each. Could be wrong, but don't think the pixel order would have mattered.

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pjwallen, thanks for bumping this.  I may give these a try next year.  A few of my Philips rope light snow flakes have failed this year and wrapping new rope light around them is a huge pain.  I could see me doing 2 sets, one in cool white and one in blue.  Thanks again!

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1 hour ago, mjs805 said:

pjwallen, thanks for bumping this.  I may give these a try next year.  A few of my Philips rope light snow flakes have failed this year and wrapping new rope light around them is a huge pain.  I could see me doing 2 sets, one in cool white and one in blue.  Thanks again!

I have all the snowflakes also but  I believe  there only made for pixels not LEDs  check with Boysco studios .

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At one time they made a set for LEDs. I agree it seems uncertain now.  Boscoyo closes for a few weeks on the 20th so I’ll email him today for clarification and report back here.

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Thanks everyone.  I looked at the website yesterday.  I think the snowflakes are about the only thing they still do for mini lights.

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