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Rich in Las Vegas

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Our local HOA has an annual Christmas light contest and my neighbor wins it every year. I can't compete with the extent of his display but use some of the more unusual lights like IC controlled strips and waterfall lights. It gets a little more elaborate each year but I doubt I can keep up with his array of the more conventional prodicts.
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    Retired chemist who likes to dabble in LED conversions for home and auto. I didn't put up elaborate displays in the past but have begun to add to a simple set of Christmas lights recently after Goodwill opened an outlet store nearby and the selection for cheap displays got much better.
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    Active in Scouting and cycling
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    retired
  • About my display
    Really just getting started but use LED lights almost exclusively. I convert old incandescent displays to12V LED before using them. This was mostly small stuff (candy canes) until this year. My favorite strip light is IC 6803 LED strip lights with 133 built in programs for use on eves.

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  1. I looked at a section of light rope I had hanging in my backyard attempting to straighten it after removing it from a wireframe. There are two heavy bare wires running the length of the rope at opposite sides. The LEDs run between the two larger wires but it isn't easy to determine if they are in series or individually attached to the two larger wires. Generally if the string is in one or more series then cutting it at some point will extinguish all of the LEDs in that portion making up a series circuit of the string on both sides of the cut. On most regular light strings 25 LEDs make up a
  2. You can check out this post from 2018. The paint used was Krylon available at True Value Hardware stores.
  3. This Goodwill outlet store seems to be a particularly good place to find Christmas items throughout the year. I thought it would slack off by February but that has not been the case. Last week I picked up the 5 inflatables shown below for around $10 (at $1.49 a pound) and added another one this week that cost $3.50. I also picked up 7 boxes of LED lights - 6 boxes of Philips 60 LED C8, and one Walmart 70 LED icicle lights for about $8. I didn't need any more lights but these will make a nice birthday gift for a friend next November. The five pictured had a strange way to power them.
  4. I didn't know exactly what you were talking about until Chuck posted about the lights being controlled by a smartphone. I used a version of these made by GE under the eves across the main window in the front of my house. Here is a YouTube video of the lights in action by someone else (not me) https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=ZKNGKRz_QDU Their set came with a controller in the box but the ones I got used didn't. Mine use a smart phone and you can download the control program app on the internet. I don't think my set originally had a hand-held controller. They were just in a b
  5. Wow, this shows how you can get ripped off on Mercari if you are totally clueless. I wonder what the new owner would think if they knew you can buy these brand new on QVC. They are even clearance priced at $35 plus tax, S&H. It is not the Union version which appears to have a different shape. Says they are imported so not made by Cado here in the USA. Just enter H223696 in the QVC search box. Mr. Halloween Set of (3) 13" Indoor/Outdoor Candy Corn Pathway Stakes
  6. For some reason, the link I provided does not work and I can't go back and edit it. Here is the link that works www.ebay.com/itm/192490069868 It is the same bulb shown by Scott Rob. A tad more expensive at $16.55 for 10 bulbs with free shipping
  7. If you are looking for more than 200 lumens and don't not want to enlarge the existing holes (1" or 25.4mm) you would have to switch over to a different base. I had no trouble finding the 200 lumen, 110V, E12 bulbs that will fit and don't cost much more than dollar store bulbs that don't fit. If you want more lumens, one way is to switch to a G4 or G9 base. There are many more G4 and G9 bulbs in the corn bulb or chip-on-board design in higher watts/lumens that will fit the opening. Here is one US source for the E12 corn bulb on eBay. https://www.ebay.com/itm/19249006986 16mm (0.
  8. Just visited the Christmas Lights Emporium site this morning after reading your post. They have some appealing smooth fade lights on sale. I have way too many LED lights already so I will resist the temptation. Yes, there are some items shown on the opening page that are out-of-stock but that shouldn't be surprising since we have just passed the Christmas season. Their peak sale season probably starts in September and peaks in late November so a smart retailer would not restock until late summer when it is not sitting around costing them money with little chance of being sold.
  9. Found these today in the bins at the local Goodwill surplus store. They were dusty and the bases were separated from the blow molds but they were there. Needed small repairs to the bases and a good cleaning. Lights included but will switch them to 12VDC LED lights for next year. Price was about $2 each. 38" Empire snowman candle 1320 mold date 1971 38" Empire Santa candle 1325-1322 no date on the mold Kudos to blowmolded.com for making it so easy to identify these blow molds!
  10. I looked up the offerings online. There are a whole series of these featuring different lighthouses. Most seem to run on four AA batteries. This listing has a picture of the DC input and the battery case. The tag is upside down but can be read as 6VDC 600 mA. Just choose a converter that has an output of at least 600 mA and is 6V DC. Here's a US source on eBay for $7.68 with free shipping AC Converter Adapter DC 6V 0.6A Power Supply Charger US plug 5.5mm x 2.1mm 600mA https://www.ebay.com/itm/112126223925
  11. That's a 120V LED corn bulb. It's the first time I have seen them used in new blow molds. I bought last year's version at either Lowe's or HD and it was still lit with two E12 incandescent bulbs which I replaced with 12V DC LED bulbs instead.
  12. I couldn't find the exact same lights but found that they are sold under the name "solar garden stake lights". I came across one site that had these on sale for $10 for a four pack but unfortunately did not take down the link. There are dozens of different versions available.
  13. The time lag that often accompanies LED lights is from the power source, not the LEDs themselves. I converted my home to all LED a couple of years ago. That meant using a number of power supplies from small plug in units all the way to 60W power supply similar to the ones I use for my Christmas displays. Some have a noticeable time lag while others do not. I doubt your system turns the power supply on and off, just the lights. My Dream lights (IC6803) work perfectly with the power supply that has about a 5 second delay.
  14. You are not likely to receive a reply as the individual who posted the notice has not been active here in the past 9 years. nancylee last signed in to this site November 27, 2011
  15. At the beginning or end of every light string you will find a small white tag that gives information on the lights. That will tell you how many watts the string uses. For example I have in my hand a set of LED snowflake lights that I rescued from the nearby Goodwill outlet store. At the bottom of the tag is the line: Model AL50/2F-SF2, 120V, 60HZ, 0.04A, 4.8W, 0913. It's easy to decode this line. It has 50 LEDs arrayed in two sets of 25 each. It was made for the US (120V, 60Hz), uses 4.8W, and was manufactured in September 2013. If it only said 0.04A, I could still find out how many wat
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