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Well I'm 90% done this year, finally. My applights ALL suddenly will not connect. All of them worked fine last year, but will not connect. They show as available in settings and will pair, but still do not show connected. I tried resetting them and reinstalling the app with no change. I suppose it was inevitable, these things done have the greatest reputation. And if I can only use them in Christmas lights mode, that's ok I guess. But I'd prefer to be able to connect and change them. Anyone have any ideas? I have several candy cane strings and a tech tree.

 

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they can be finicky,  they do not do well with my wifes android phone, but work much better with my I phone  just a thought

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orginally probably had 40 sets of applights now only about 6 work  switched over to Lumenplay  much cheaper at about $10 per box of 24 with controller

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orginally probably had 40 sets of applights now only about 6 work  switched over to Lumenplay  much cheaper at about $10 per box of 24 with controller
1:. Only works with apple
2:. Only available as C9 lights I believe, no candy cane or pathway markers
3:. Where in there heck are you finding them for $10!!??

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bought two sets for $50, got them, found out they only work on iPhone gen 5 or newer, sell was going to refund, said he had 37 boxes he did not know what to do with.  I sail make me a good price  he did  bought a used iPhone for $50  lights for $370 included shipping  right there are no other items,only some high priced color wash lights.  and they took some features away in the software, but over all I am happy with them, we have about 400 feet of fence on front, they work great on it, and the hosue too  hope to post pics when I have time

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