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What color bulbs for wreath

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I'm going to use solid multi color bulbs on this. Which would you use.Clear,multi transparent or solid green?

I'm thinking I can change it every year if I want but would look better with the multi solids.

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I would use transparent green lamps and about every fifth socket I would cluster three socket and fill them with transparent red lamp. For a little action I would make one or two of the red lamps in each cluster a twinkle lamp. This lighting scheme will give you a holly berry effect.

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2 hours ago, JeffCarter said:

I would use transparent green lamps and about every fifth socket I would cluster three socket and fill them with transparent red lamp. For a little action I would make one or two of the red lamps in each cluster a twinkle lamp. This lighting scheme will give you a holly berry effect.

I agree 100%, I would like to see it in a red...green...red...green pattern and slip a red c9 bulb in for a focal point in spots. It has a really nice antique look to it so pretty much any color scheme you use will look awesome. 

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I would put my vote on multi-colored solids all they way around for a true vintage look.  Blinkers in the bells might add a nice touch. :)

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Blinking bells. That would look good. I was going to use cfl's, but might go with some small wattage leds or incandescent . 

I am leaning to the muticolr solids.That is what was included with the wreath and most likely original.     

I also like the "holly berry" effect,but the sockets are already in place,and in random fashion. 

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11 minutes ago, comet said:

Blinking bells. That would look good. I was going to use cfl's, but might go with some small wattage leds or incandescent . 

I am leaning to the muticolr solids.That is what was included with the wreath and most likely original.     

I also like the "holly berry" effect,but the sockets are already in place,and in random fashion. 

Comet,  you may try the small button flasher in the bells.  I have not used them on a cfl, but hey, it is worth experimenting with - might get a random blink/twinkle effect.  Here is a link to see what I am talking about: http://www.kandooinc.com/Cooper-Wiring-Bp1008-Flasher-Button_p_529915.html    They fit a standard light socket and have worked well for me with regular incan lights.    David

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3 hours ago, WLND-DAVID said:

Comet,  you may try the small button flasher in the bells.  I have not used them on a cfl, but hey, it is worth experimenting with - might get a random blink/twinkle effect.  Here is a link to see what I am talking about: http://www.kandooinc.com/Cooper-Wiring-Bp1008-Flasher-Button_p_529915.html    They fit a standard light socket and have worked well for me with regular incan lights.    David

I used those very same flasher buttons in the fiberglass municipal bells I hung on my front door. They worked very well and it gives a little action to your display. I'm sorry I don't have a video, but here a pic...

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Youll want to use an led that can be used this way not all leds will tolerate flashing, at least not for very long. A dimmable one will work.

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I'm going to put a few yellow bulbs in the mix. I'm not sure why yellow has been left out of most color sets.

When you buy a multicolor light set,it doesn't have yellow ( or not very often) I stocked up on solid yellows a few years back and they seem to add a nice touch to multicolor  displays.

I plan on getting a few of those flasher buttons as well.

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I am with Jeff. I like the green with the red ever so often to give the holly berry look. I like the twinkling bulb idea for the bells also.

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Apparently there is a UL problem with the flasher buttons .They have been discontinued.

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Comet,  Why am I not surprised !   Some idjit probably didn't turn off the power and stuck his finger in the socket to remove one and got shocked - reported it as a hazard - and now we all get penalized for his stupidity !!

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Right. Because they been making these for many years.

I found 4 so I'm good.I did pay out the wazzo for them.

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