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Sorry have been off line so long, just super busy.  I bought a couple sets of Lumen Play lights to put on the house.  so far I like what I see, able to control with phone app, set on off time, set light color, sequence, speed, etc.does any one use these or have you had any major issues with them.


I have a opportunity to buy them at about $12 per string of 24 about 24' long.

only about 1000% better than the old Applights I used to use

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Just did a little research on these Lumen Play lights.   Not available at Apple stores.  Reviewers on Amazon Prime suggest not buying them due to difficulties with programming.  I saw two boxes available on Amazon but did not understand the pricing.  I know you need a starter set to begin with.  Youtube people seemed to like them.   If I’m putting my $ into a product that I will use for a month every year, I want to ensure it will be supported and will last 3 or 4 seasons.  
What else is out there similar to Lumen lights?

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Well with mixed feelings, and after being burned out on App lights, I took the plunge and bought 30 boxes of LumenPlay lights., cost around $10 a box, each box comes with a starter, but you can connect 10 strings to one connector.  several drawbacks, they did away with the programable timer in the app, and you no longer can download your own music to the app, and now it only works on iPhone gen 5 or newer.  but over all I am pleased with them  hope to post pics soon, just been really really busy like all of yall I am sure.  really behind on decorating, but it will come together

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I just looked those up. Send they get mixed reviews at best. Several claiming strings lasted only one season, poor customer support, no Android support unless you are in an older device/version. Applights have their issues as well, but I'm still using several and managed to pickup several boxes of the candy canes last year for pretty cheap. IMHO, these toe of things are great for driveway markers or three either larger decorations (tech tree, it similar), but just too costly and unreliable for the regular strings. I have a few strings that I used to backlight some pumpkin cutouts and an Easter cross. But that's it.

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