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Glenn Koenig

Lifespan of Icicle Lights

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Does anyone replace their icicle light sets after a certain number of seasons, or do you always troubleshoot for bad bulbs?

I use 6-150 light sets of clear icicle lights to outline my porch. As always, I tested the lights prior to placing them on the gutter clips (the ones that are installed with the pole). Mostly a couple of dead sections due to broken bulbs, and a couple that required the light tester. After they were 100%, I carefully hung them up. A couple of days later, when things started to get wired up, I tested them. Wouln't you know, several sections were dead.

This would have been the 4th season that I am using these lights. Since I want to have lights-ON by Thanksgiving Eve, I decided to just buy new sets from WalMart. I did not want to take the time and try to fix all of the outtages, as the few that I repaired previously, tooksome time.

Am I giving up too early on these lights? They do offer more of a challenge totroubleshoot than mini strings or net lights. Coupled with the fact that these lights are always swaying in the wind, who knows how much acculumated damage they may have taken.

Glenn

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I finally replaced all of mine last year. After having them up for 7 seasons, the sockets and insulation were getting a bit brittle.

9 out of 10 times, if I have a section out, it's because of a broken bulb. Like you said, wind is not a friend of icicles. A little breeze and I have to replace bulbs.

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I just replaced all my icicle lights this year. The last ones I had lasted 5 years. Now they have become so unraveled that they just looked like bulbs randomly placed on the gutter. If it were not that they were really cheap sets and unraveled I would still be using them.

If they are still in good condition then I would continue to use them regardless of how many years they have been in use.

Brian

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I used blue last year, and pretty much had to replace all of them this year due to the bulbs fading and paint chipped. Its not that bad if you purchase them at 75% off.

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I'm still using my original icicles from 1998. THey've been supplemented by some newer ones in 2002 and 2003 when we moved here, then added icicles on the back side.

I love my high-voltage tester. I couldn't do this display without it.

-Tim

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I just changed mine to the twinkling kind after 5 seasons. Some times...... Change is good. But I still kept the old ones in case the new ones don't hold up.:happytree:

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I have used mine now for 5 yrs. I had to go out tonight and fix a section, but I used the LKP and it was fixed in about 10 clicks. ( I thought I was outta luck for a minute). That box Tim has is awesome but the LKP is great to.

A friend was going to throw all hers away this year and I told her to bring them over to me, I should get them by the weekend. See how many I can fix quickly.

Peggy

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I just replaced all of mine this year after using the original for 7 years. They were white wire but the sun had changed them to brown.

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I have had mine for four years. I heard on somewhere, maybe herethat you could recolor them using a Sharpie marker. My icicles are now blue again, :waycool:and so are my fingers. I did 6 strands of 150= 900minis, my fingers were cramping. Here is a pic of the difference. This string was pretty bad.

Mike

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