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Big J Illinois

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How many cords do you need I changed out all my candy canes to 4 lights and put in LEDs, Two lights wasn't enough light. I can go look and see how many I kept.

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6 hours ago, Charlie E said:

How many cords do you need I changed out all my candy canes to 4 lights and put in LEDs, Two lights wasn't enough light. I can go look and see how many I kept.

Even though I'm not a fan of LED bulbs, it would be very interesting to see how you did that.  Please think about starting a thread to show how you did it!

TED

On 6/3/2017 at 9:36 AM, Big J Illinois said:

Where do I get replacement, power cords for the blowmolds, the 40" candycane has a double socket. I want LED style,please:)

Big J:

These types of posts are welcome in the blowmolds forum.  You would probably get more responses there.

You can get C7 sockets with clips that you can attach to lamp cord.  They cost a bit more than the plain C7 sockets from the Christmas vendors but it's an option for making custom cords.  You can find LED C7s if that's what you want.

Here's a link for the sockets.
http://www.nationalartcraft.com/subcategory.asp?gid=1&cid=27&scid=27

They also have cordsets:
http://www.nationalartcraft.com/categoryB.asp?gid=1&cid=1

Here are cordsets with 2, 3, or 5 sockets:
http://www.nationalartcraft.com/subcategory.asp?gid=1&cid=1&scid=17

TED

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I had the same question when I purchased some gently used candy canes… Some of them had 2 lights, some had 3 and of course only 1 socket would not work!  I searched the internet and could not find any “pre-made” power cords with the correct number of sockets or spacing that I needed.  I searched this forum and took the advice of others and ordered sockets with clips, lamp cord and end plugs from National Artcraft and made my own to fit my requirements.  I, personally, do not like the lamp cord showing on the outside of the candy cane (like on the Union 40” candy cane) so I ran it on the inside.  The pictures below are the results on the Empire 32” candy cane (with 2 lights).  I’m also using LED bulbs so the socket hole near the bottom had to be enlarged some (using a dremel tool) to allow removal of the socket with the bulb in place to replace the bulb when it burns out ;-)

 Hopefully the pictures will better explain the steps below!  Hope this helps....

Steps:

1.      With the lamp cord still on the reel, run the end up through the inside of the candy cane to where the top socket will be.  Allow some slack (extra lamp cord) for removal of the socket and bulb when the bulb needs to be replaced.  Make and install the end socket.

2.     Maneuver the lamp cord through the next socket hole and get enough slack outside the candy cane to install the inline socket and allow for the bulb and socket to be removed (when the bulb burns out).  Install the inline socket.

3.     Repeat step 2 as needed to accommodate the number of lights in the candy cane.

4.     Determine the desired length of the lamp cord, cut it from the reel and install the end plug.

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Go to the Dollar Store.  I got my C7 socket lamp cords there.  I then just bought a few C7 LED bulbs from Lowe's and screwed them in.  I did that for my Santa and 2 reindeer (including Rudolph's nose).

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Hi Charlie E, we will have 10 of the canes, maybe 5 more, down the road. So all in all about 30 molds. The canes take 3 to 4 ea

Hey Coolio, do those cords have the metal tines on them?

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The light strings I used are from a 1000 foot spool I bought,  they have the plastic clips for hanging them on your gutters or a tree limb. They are set at 12" apart and I put a zip plug on the end. I finally ended up using 5 LED lights to get a good even light in the Candy Canes and the plastic clip lights were easier than the metal clip lights to put in and take out. I ended up putting the cords on the out side because when it was on the inside the cord showed up and they looked like lines in the canes.  I have 60 of these set up and down the street in front of my house and the neighbors houses. Each candy cane uses 2 watts of power. Compared to a candy cane using two standard C7 lights which used 10 watts of power per candy cane, big savings on power and you get a more even lit candy canes with the use of 5 LED lights.

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I used all warm LED lights, because they looked to bright with the cool white bulbs

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