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    30 lumens is not very much light.    These bulbs are very efficient at 0.6W.  You don't need much light from a night light so they are good for that purpose.

    Those are chip-on-board lights.  It's the first time I have seen them outside of the COB bulbs that come from China.   The clear globe incandescent lights that originally came with some of my blow molds are rated 250 lumens.   That's a good target for the amount of light you want for a larger blow mold but a bit more is even better.  That's why I have been suggesting possibly using 80 SMD 3014 LED corn bulbs even though they are only available in warm white. 

    I'm surprised to see that Menards sells  all of the bulb designs I use for my LED conversions  but they don't sell them in the correct watt/lumen ratings.  The SKU for the night lights is Menards® SKU: 3538837

    You can see the designs at Menard's specialty lamp listings

    corn bulb Sku # 3538820    round plate bulb Sku # 3539600   chip-on-board LED light SKU: 3538823

     

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    And a color change c7 of at least 300 lm

     

    The ones I have now are a cool white and they are pretty bright. I wouldn't be surprised if they got the 500 lm Mark, or close. I'm going to order some more and test some differences, since I can't be sure which ones I ordered last time.

     

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    Some manufacture needs to design a 500 lumen, cool white standard C7..
    https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F173685959174


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    Your wish is the Chinese suppliers command but not in a corn bulb style.  Here is a chip-on-board 110V, 500 lumen, white, E12 LED bulb.  The killer is if you only want one for $1.56, the $2 shipping charge gets in the way but the shipping charge is the same if you order 10 at $14.77.  That's about the same as you would pay a domestic seller for the corn bulbs.  Delivery time is fairly quick compared to the ones with free shipping.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Dimmable-COB-LED-GY6-35-G4-G8-G9-E10-E11-E12-E14-E17-BA15d-Lamp-bulb-Warm-White/172943361657?hash=item28443a4679:m:mUpk51-tpcrk6MJWLyjBdMg

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    If you are asking about the E12 500 lumen COB bulb from China, they are completely sealed in a silicone envelope.  You can't get much more waterproof than that.   I just received a shipment of ten 12V, 3W, 220 lumen, G4, cool white corn bulbs today for use in driveway markers.  They cost a bit over 50 cents each now that eBay is adding tax.  Shipping time was 18 days.   It's getting close to be sure you get stuff from China far enough in advance for Christmas.  I made 6 orders toward the end of October and only one has taken longer than 19 days. 

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    I did find one G4 RGB color changing disc similar to the regular LED lamp shown below.  It uses 12V DC.  I can't find it again but that isn't much of a problem because it is in Great Britain and they want $20 for one lamp and $22 to ship it.  Nobody in their right mind is going to spend that much on one lamp.

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    I did find one G4 RGB color changing disc similar to the regular LED lamp shown below.  It uses 12V DC.  I can't find it again but that isn't much of a problem because it is in Great Britain and they want $20 for one lamp and $22 to ship it.  Nobody in their right mind is going to spend that much on one lamp.
    G4-circular-lamp.jpg
    Nope, not gonna pay $45 for one shipped!! I know they are out there though, have to run a 12v converter too though

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    On 11/19/2019 at 9:54 PM, Rich in Las Vegas said:

    Your wish is the Chinese suppliers command but not in a corn bulb style.  Here is a chip-on-board 110V, 500 lumen, white, E12 LED bulb.  The killer is if you only want one for $1.56, the $2 shipping charge gets in the way but the shipping charge is the same if you order 10 at $14.77.  That's about the same as you would pay a domestic seller for the corn bulbs.  Delivery time is fairly quick compared to the ones with free shipping.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Dimmable-COB-LED-GY6-35-G4-G8-G9-E10-E11-E12-E14-E17-BA15d-Lamp-bulb-Warm-White/172943361657?hash=item28443a4679:m:mUpk51-tpcrk6MJWLyjBdMg

    E12-500-lumen-COB-bulb-172943361657.jpg

    What are the advantages/disadvantages of the chip-on-board vs. the "corn" bulb?

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    The design for the chip-on board (COB) is a recent Chinese innovation.  It uses multiple small LEDs mounted on their own heat sink, an aluminum plate backing.  There are two advantages.  That is size and heat dissipation.  Heat is the enemy of LEDs.  Overheat them and they die or have a very short life.  The built in heat sink allows the manufacturer to run them brighter than individual LEDs mounted on a circuit board as the corn bulbs do.  If you have replaced incandescent can lights in your home recently you probably have COB LEDs in them.   I have a 15W can light in the ceiling over my sink.  The COB is about 3/4" in diameter.  You could never get 15W out of that small a space using regular LEDs.   You can't pack them that tightly and the heat would mean a short lifetime, not the 10,000 or more advertised for most LED devices.

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    I bought some of these 2.5W cob bulbs in cool white for use in penguin and santa blowmolds.  They look really good with a cool white glow instead of the yellowish soft white.  These bulbs have heat slots.  So don't use in a blowmold where water can get to the bulb. 

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/E27-E14-E17-Corn-Light-Lamp-30-165Leds-5736-SMD-Bulb-Candle-110V-220V-Cool-Warm/222800979483?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

     

     

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    On 12/7/2019 at 3:09 AM, panther93 said:

    I have two vintage Empire Noel Candle blowmolds and I use the 40 watt LED bulbs.

    49 watt seems like a lot compared to what some of the other molders are using.  How does it look?  Do you have a picture?

    TED

    Somebody posted a video recently of using flickering bulbs in candle flames.  I was  looking on eBay to see what I could find.  They are a little pricey but you can get the cost down to just under 3 bucks if you buy a 6 pack.  I didn't do an exhausting search like I tend to do when I'm going to order so you may find a  better price with a little searching.  There's probably a better deal if you buy from one of the direct from China sellers.

    Here's a link to an example:
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/352817176568

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