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  1. Thanks for that Mark. Two further questions though,

    1) What sites / companies do you use for getting lights and sockets etc? I did buy a few usa extension leads while I was there though!

    2) I am usually up in Thundersley / Rayleigh for a couple of days in december - I have family up there - out of interest are you anywhere near there? Its nice to see displays for real!

    I am not technically minded to be honest although I can cope with the ton of wiring for my display. Much as I would like to go down the route of computer control, I think it will illude me for a couple more years yet! Planning for this year is already underway......

    All the best, and many thanks,


  2. Hi all. I was in Florida on vacation last november / december and ended up in Walmart and Lowes stores buying a suitcase full of lights to bring back to the UK with me. (They are so cheap compared to over here and you have so many more to choose from!) As I can easily get the voltage converters over here, does anyone know of a cheap way of importing lights so that I don't get hit with loads of import duty in the UK?

    I'll give you an example of prices here - I paid £49 ($90) for a set of 120 diode lights and that was cheap for over here. In Lowes Store, Florida, I paid £3 ($5.50) for a set of 60 and they are great. The trouble is that to import them it would cost about £30 ($55) in import taxes at the airport! any ideas?

    Next year I will be back in the States for Thanksgiving (Cyber monday is great - bargains galore!!) so it might just be a case of filling another suitcase although my wife may not be so keen on the idea! There were also a few 3d wireframes that I fancied, and the snowglobe inflatables, and the blowmoulds...........

    All ideas or help greatly recieved. My past displays are all on the showing off section - let me know how I can improve!

    All the best

    Andy, Redruth, Cornwall, UK

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