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I remember this being covered in another thread (maybe a couple years ago) and apparently the purple and blue ornaments were too dark of a color to allow light to pass through.   For the Bell, what I did was cut out the 'clapper' and just a bit more so my hand could fit inside.  I used the existing 'vent' hole in the top to mount a socket (similar to the one pictured) that was left from something I salvaged it from.  Then drilled a small hole just large enough for the cord to fit through, near the top..  Since the socket I had was a standard bulb size, I put a RED colored CFL in. 

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I was able to light mine with a C7 cord and a 40 or 60 watt LED equivalent candelabra bulb.  A regular C7 is not bright enough for these bells because the plastic is pretty thick.  I will post pictures later so you all can see how mine turned out. 

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I lit mine with a simple C7, it's bright enough to me. I bought a couple last year, used a boring bit and made a perfect hole for the bulb.

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Oh and I knew others thought the same thing I did when I first saw these at retail, "I'm lighting those up!"

A friend of mine did a shading of the "NOEL" from the Empire candle, made a stencil of it and painted it on two bells in white. Looks great. Pics to follow.

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42 minutes ago, Big J Illinois said:

Hey Knight, great idea, but if water will get in, where does is it go? What wattage c7?

You could always drill a small hole at the lowest point if you were worried about water getting in. 

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1 hour ago, Big J Illinois said:

Which wattage bulb? Also, the purple and blue one....can those be lit as well?

I drilled a small hole for any necessary drainage. I used just an ordinary 4 watt night light bulb.

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The other Bell has the hole drilled at the lowest point, I'll rectify this one after the season. The one or two times in did rain in mid November, I checked and due to the proximity of it being under the gutter, it didn't really take on any water.

Next year I'm going to add a bit of sand to reduce the sway in high winds. Here in Chicago we had a day with 50mph gusts and they shifted a bit on the gutter. The added weight will keep them steady and end shifting. I'm going to use a small amount of silicone to seal the tiny gap from the hole I drilled for the light kit to end any water getting in. 

Before that I plan on switching to LED soft white bulbs so I won't have to worry about bulb changes for awhile.

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I lit mine up by making custom C7 light cords for each one. I'll find pics later to post. 

First I actually cut off the entire bottom of the bell so they could stack during the off season so they take up less space.

I then drilled a small hole in the top to feed SPT cord through. Then I placed 3 C7 socked inside the bell. Two solid white lights, and one twinkle white light. This way the bells always look lit, but still have a twinkle effect. Each bell has it's own plug. I then ran a length of SPT cord along the gutter and placed a female outlet at each spot I wanted to hang a bell. To hang the bells I used Carabiner hooks that fit inside the existing hole, then hung them from gutter hooks. I loved the way the looked. Though I am intrigued by the idea of stenciling NOEL on them.

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