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  1. When you say lights. are they LED are incandescent? Are they mini or C7/C9? It's all comes down to the wire size, type of lights LED/incandescent and number of lights or the current. LEDs draw very little current. You could probably get away stringing 8 to 10 together with patch cords. Non-LED 3 or 4. It's easier and you have a lot more flexibility with patch cord method. With one long cord you have fixed the spacing making things harder to change. With the patch cord method you can make the cords to the length you need. Much more flexibility for when you change your mind an
  2. All of the mini lights are from China and if you don’t know the bulbs are installed by prisoners in exchange for food. But that’s another story. There are no standards or no quality control when it comes to mini-lights. When I buy minis I always by a string or two extra to have spare bulbs Fiinding the “right” replacement bulb is a matter of trial and error even if you have a name brand like GE. II gave up trying to find replament bulbs years ago as I was never succeful. Hate to not be more positive about this but we are living in a disposable world. These things are meent to be th
  3. It all depends but probably not much. Have a power meter and the difference between minis and LEDs is not much. Based on my experiments I have found the minis are really made for the 220v market but they put a 120v plus on them. Try runnng them at 220v and you willl see they are the “right” brightness. The super right minis are the correct voltage for 120v which is the reason they are “super bright”. The energy draw for the superbrigh and the regular minis would be exactly the same.
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    Crummy computer programmers. Or poorly trained staff or probably a bit of both.
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    Anyone tried Target?
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    Noticed yesterday, Dec 24 several stores including the local Home Depot’s had already cleared out the Holiday items and replaced them with Valentines Day items.
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    Sorry, don’t know. Highly doubt online stuff will drop much more. It’s the stuff in the store that’s taking up real estate that they want to get rid of quick. Highest discounts will be in the stores.
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    Last year it was on the 23th or 24th. Late on the 23rd and on the 24th they began clearing the shelves and move in the Valentines Day stuff. The five HD stores by me didn't have anything left by the 27th. In years past it was after new years. My guess is HD is using Big Data to maximize profits and has come to the realization if Holiday stuff has not been sold by the 23rd there's no money to be made. You can also play lets make a deal with the store manager or price. I think after the 27th they toss what's left in the trash. HD Is all about maximizing profits.
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    C7 Bulb Colors...

    I remember seeing those deep blue as a kid. They are C9s. Are you looking for C9s or C7s? All the blues I’ve seen for th past 20+ yers have all been the sky blue color. Look on eBay or Craig’s list for vintage Christmas lights or garage sales. I think the dark blue weren’t bright enough and were replaced by the sky blue because they were brighter. If you want something right away your best option will be LEDs.
  10. Looks nice. 40 watt (eqv) appears to be just right. Are you willing to share the cost and source for the bulbs?
  11. I’ve had a lot off brightness issues with the LED bulbs. The LED strip light appears to me to be a bit more consistent. You would have to modify your blow mold to accommodate an LED strip light. Maybe something like 1” PVC pipe sticking up inside the blowmold with four of the LED strips attached to it. The strip light has an adhesavie tape which would stick to the pipe. Good luck.
  12. Had similar experiance. I would try the LED strip light, would be plenty bright,, if not too bright. They have a brightness setting which can be adjusted or they can be cut to reduce the number of LEDs.
  13. The thing with all of these bulbs is there is no consistency. What you order this time may or may not be what you receive if you re-order.
  14. Just trying to give you some ideas if what you receive doesn’t work out. You might want to take consider something like strip LEDs. I have some of these and you can program to any color of put into demo mode which cycles though all of the colors. You could mount the LEDs to a pipe inside the blow mold to give you better light distribution. They might be too bright so maybe use half the strip? I just tested the ones I have to make sure the programming “sticks” if power is removed. I can confirm it does for the ones I have which are like the ones on eBay. Default program is to transition
  15. Gald to see if you got what you were looking for. I wonder if they will be bright enough for a blow mold. I’ve purached some LEDs where the light output has been very disappointing. Looks like you will have them in a few days and will be able to tell us. Hope they meet your needs.
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