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  1. i have a small display, of course, i live in an apartment complex... but with the thousands of lights and what tragedy it can bring, so far i've not violated my lease and my lights seem to bring the neighbors and those surrounding (and apparently out of towners now) much joy. how it's going? eh, fine.. problem with the blue sets.. they're dying one by one.. making me nutso! gotta order more, this time actual commercial sets from a seller that i know and can rely on... the price will be higher but it's already costing me for going cheap bulk... serves me right.. ugh! i can't wait for the flying reindeer that should be near soon... set them up, reconfigure them and modify their construct so i can hang them... they'll be behind the artificial pines which are all set up to LOR... and the balcony rails which have the failed blue amist with deep purple and different sized 5 pointed stars that i constructed with zinc alloy rods 'welded' with duct tape (so i can take the tape off later and make something else with the rods... ) all the lights will blink in different variants in sets... eventually, if all works out and most of these lights behave... all are filament so far... i wanted led but the cost and when i go cheap i find most have the "reverse socket fault" which i've been running into... so i must learn the values of leds in general and salvage the good strings and see if i can't replace the dead leds.. be a shame to toss the whole sets since the wires are still in great shape. oh and um.. the problem with amps and everyone coming on at once while someone wants to vacuum or turn on the computer network while i'm working in the kitchen (appliances running) OR worse yet, turn on the electric bbq (masterbuilt model, so it's good junk) and BAM! the breaker gets knocked real good.. tisk tisk on me.. what i love best? when the lights are all working and doing their sequencing and someone opens the fridge and goes "wow, the light in the fridge is blinking also!" ah, one of these days, ;D (my balcony is 12'X19' and quite a few years i've reached past the 10k mark on lights generally.. hehe, what a mess, sssh don't tell the management)
  2. man, is all of philips products so poorly configured? i get the sets and they're good looking but.. many sets are riddled with dark leds.. i pull them out only to find out they're backwards... (the leads are different lengths and suppose to be set in the seat a certain way) i can't be the only one having this issue, anyone have good luck with philips? not sure where else to go to find affordable, basic leds in sets of 60 to 100.. i've gotten sets from walmart and cvs.. (don't have the boxes any longer, shame on me so i don't know right off hand who's the manufacturer) and i've come across the same difficulty. after the mishap of losing many leds this way, are these sets ressurectable? because i can go cheapout on ebay and buy bulk leds that can be utilized in any format, but of course i'd have to know which leds to get just can't buy any package then expect to replace the dead ones and expect it to work. and what is the 'value' of your run of the mill string light led that is used? don't want to burn up good leds because i didn't do my math. eh, oh well, i figured i rant and ask, seems a shame to toss out a perfectly good line just because the bulk of the leds were improperly placed. -------------------------------------------------- oh yes, next time i break down and buy these sets, cuz i want to be a cheapenheimer, i'm going to look over the string and see if all is set accordingly... before i go plugging in... lesson sorta learned but i want to expand my utility, also learn more about how to use and type of leds out there available.
  3. i've talked with gemmy for the issues about mine... they gave me their address... all i do is write up a money order or whatever and send it to them.. they send me replacement parts.. mostly they've all been $10... so far. i wonder how long this wonderful exchange will continue.
  4. oh no don't fret.. mine work correctly until.... i change the placement or leave them unplugged even for a couple of days then... ta dah! they don't inflate any longer.. most claim it's the fans.. but so far it's been my power supplies... i have power supply BAD karma.
  5. my only concern, fire hazard... in any element. of course then again, i'm phasing (phazing?) out filament bulbs and moving all to LED.. of course they have their issues... due to manufacturing.... i just don't care much for 'heat' any further after a few mishaps with really poorly made junk. oh, it's not like the LED strings i get don't get HOT.... some of that stuff is major JUNK also.
  6. i gave up on regular, filament rope lights and went for the LED ones..they're much nicer, cooler in many ways and brighter. no more worry, i mean, like those old standards.
  7. well.. i ain't seen them in stores.. but i seen a few online guess what! yeh, ebay. seen a few santas.... no snowmen.. i'd like to get a snowman.. but.. well. their prices are rising as we speak. though, in august... (should have gotten one then... but had other financial obligations that impeded....) i seen a few giant snowmen and santas for serious dirt cheap.... new, gemmy, in their box.... via sellers i know and bought from... reputable... but now.. regular or more in the dollar range... i watched one santa... (i wasn't interested in santa....) he was a 10 footer? or larger... he went for $60 with $15 shipping.. i was like WHAT THE!????? i thought.. crap, i coulda got one for the **** of it. off season is the reason!
  8. the name looks familiar.. but yeh, gmail.. though i've known legit operations use webmail accounts... (for many excuses) but the fact that.... it's wife swap alone.... turns me off to it immediately.. among the rest of my coworkers who are now all over the floor going into seizures in laughter. i think i'll have to dial 911 soon if they soon don't calm down...
  9. ugh! no way. i can find better ways to get public appreciation of my work. but would be interesting to see who get's 'captured' as a hostage for this appearance... wonder when this episode will be broadcasted? LMFAO! wow....
  10. re: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=270289275977&fromMakeTrack=true the "holiday light show" with timer... this comes with the addition where you can hook up your mp3 player to it.. how is this POS? i'm dead tired and want to do something inside the house... and want something cheap, fast and easy for the lazy person.. anyone have this? does it have to play audible music? just want something quick to hook up the little trees and lights that are in the foreground inside my apartment... i already have what i need for the balcony.... just can't see blowing much more now and in a hurry to get some set ups, that $$$ is blown already.. will only have about a couple hundred left... yeh, i'm getting lazier by the minute. any other setups similar to this one also that one would recommend instead? just maximizing my alternatives...
  11. yep, seems the gemmy folks are willing to send me another of this particular model... all i gotta do is send them $10. that would be a great involvement in getting at least peggy operating again. seems there's been a flurry of power supply issues with certain inflatables... not that i'm tremedously joyous.. but it's a good thing to have them provide.
  12. i forgot to add... why i called the pumpkin jack? you know? jack o latern? it's like my snowman.. mr. frost.... jack frost.... the whole folklore thing and jazz... not that you care this far... but peggy the penguin is obvious... penguin... take the peg and then make it peggy.. i don't know why i have to give inanimate objects names... i guess it's because of my old man.. he's an accused inanimist... or something.... then i got this inflatable that looks like he's angry with his hands up in the air.. someone complained to the management claiming he was giving everyone the finger... so i called him fast fingers freddy.... "yeh, i need help".... this xmas i'm trying to get a giant eyeball grasped by a huge green hand.... for my space B-movie display.... i have already called him... yeh, some may have guessed... seymour. so thus, in addition that's the purpose of the name of the pumpkin and all his merry friends... if they ever are able to be inflated again....
  13. no, jack had no fun.. he was pampered too much i think... i connected for a moment the BAD way to see if it wasn't the fans.. NO fans ran.... but couldn't keep the power connected, too much amperage and the roach clips aren't such a good idea... but the fans turned.... so i lost one wall wart... 12v dc/ac 500 ma, 12volt. and i lost this: http://www.twinner.com.tw/SearchProduct/ProductContext.php?Product_SN=69381 i just don't get it... if it was the fan.. it would be easier... i mean on ebay they have sellers a plenty with fans all over... even fans so large that i could just puff those hummers up and fly around for a bit.. but i'm sure then i'd lose my fabric. can see it now.. peggy and jack.. all puffed up.. floating around then BOOM! shreds of polyester all over the place.. nah, don't wanna do that.. not yet... not.......... yet.. wuahahaha!
  14. here's the product.... this is the link to the power supply that the inflatable conserned has... http://www.twinner.com.tw/SearchProduct/ProductContext.php?Product_SN=69381 i can't seem to find it on ebay... must be my keywording.... i rather find it on ebay.. the risk of me getting junk that's cheaper $$$$ ranks high.
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