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Rich in Las Vegas

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. When I lived in the Midwest we were advised to carry food, water, and a sleeping bag or blanket in the car for just this type of emergency. I doubt many Atlantans would even think about getting stranded overnight in a car due to the weather. This could have been truly tragic. I lived through a week without electricity after an ice storm hit Madison, WI in early March. By the end of a week without heat I was ready to head to a shelter when they restored the power just in time.
  14. You are worrying needlessly about the possibility of starting your Christmas decoration on fire. I no longer use incandescent light strings but happened to have one set of incandescent white mini lights that works so I plugged them in for about 20 minutes and picked up a handful of bulbs in my bare hands. They were warm to the touch but not even close to being hot enough to be uncomfortable. This string has 100 bulbs and consumes 40.8 watts. It's not like picking up a 40W incandescent bulb because the heat is spread out over a very large area. Unfortunately the information you gave does no
  15. i decided to make one last trip to the Goodwill outlet store (surplus items) before Christmas to see what was available. It was good timing because I was able to find two more blow molds for my nativity display - the GFP standing wise man and a cow. The best find was a "Gemmy Lightshow Christmas Lights 6' Projection Lamp Post with Lighted Signs, Electro-Fire". The two blow molds were less than $5 together and the lantern was $13 based upon the weight. The light in the lantern is special. It's an LED assembly that flickers with and orange color. It really does look like a candle flame. W
  16. You can read about the difference between a constant voltage LED driver and a constant current LED driver here: https://www.ledsupply.com/blog/constant-current-led-drivers-vs-constant-voltage-led-drivers/ If you run the LED at a higher current than recommended it will be brighter - for a time - and then it will die. If you look at the specifications for the driver I referenced above it is the exact current (350ma) for the one that came with the light. Constant current drivers are commonly found in lamps with a series of LEDs. The driver adjusts the voltage to compensate for the number
  17. From the description on the power supply this appears to be a constant current power supply so the one you listed on Amazon would not work because it is a constant voltage power supply. Those are the two types that come with LED fixtures. You need a 350ma constant current power supply with 120V input or you can buy a universal power supply that operates on 85-240V AC. This one is on eBay and shows the 350ma output www.ebay.com/itm/153902458906 price with shipping is $12
  18. I visited a friend today to deliver some birthday gifts and while I was there I saw firsthand how much damage a weight and the sun can do. He brought out a snowman that was far different from any I had ever seen. In order to weigh it down he had cut a big hole in the back of the mold and inserted two bricks. It had been stored outside under a tree except for around Halloween and Christmas when he brings it out first with a black garbage bag over it and then displayed openly. The bricks were in it while stored. Upon closer inspection it turned out to be a TPI snowman from 2004 - 40" Snowma
  19. I just set up a spiral tree that uses heavy LED rope tube lighting yesterday. I did not get the center pole when I bough it used at the Goodwill outlet store. It had the base attached so I used a Stansport telescoping tent pole (Item 254). That allowed me to easily set the height correctly. The top end of the tent pole is smaller than the pole itself and would insert in the star. This one came with a rope star as part of the tube. I just looked at it. It spirals in red and green with a white star. It was well worth the effort to restore it.
  20. I never liked putting sand or pebbles in my blow molds because it makes storing them in my attic so much more difficult. I bought some ~20 year old used blow molds in the middle of the summer and was surprised at how much the light was attenuated by the coating of dirt on the inside of the blow mold. It was quite a task to clean the insides after removing the material used to weigh them down. I mount my blow molds on a piece of coroplast - used political signs that are easy to get around election day. I live in the desert where most homeowners have switched to desert landscaping. That
  21. I think this means the central core for a multi string display like legs on a spider. I have one of these that has 6 sets of LED lights radiating from a central core to light a tree from the top. Have you tried to disassemble the center core? I'm sure there is no replacement parts for the one I have but if something went wrong, i would attempt to open it up.
  22. If you know of someone who wishes to start out with a display but either doesn't want to or can't afford to spend $$$ tell them to look for the Goodwill outlet store that serves as a sorting facility with a bulk item store if one is near you. My local outlet store was closed for 6 months but recently opened again with expanded space. They sell items for $1.49 per pound and will quote separate prices for heavy items that may not be worth buying by the pound at that price. They are currently in the process of sorting Christmas goods to send to the stores here in town. That means there are ma
  23. When you see "40 watt LED bulb" you need to be careful in the interpreting what that means. Here it means this LED bulb is the equivalent of a 40W incandescent bulb. I can guarantee you that is the case because I own a couple of real 25W LED corn bulbs purchased a few years ago before I was better versed in LED bulb technology. My bulbs are big - 3" in diameter at the top, 6" long from the top to the end of the base, and has 108 5630 LEDs. They are blindingly bright. I bought them to light my 2-car garage but later took them out and replaced them with bar lights that wouldn't temporarily
  24. If you click on the link to Walmart and allow your location to be known, it will tell you if there are any available at stores near you. When I went to the website it showed that there are two available 3 miles from my home and that they are available for purchase online.
  25. Just started yesterday so all I have done is put out some new driveway markers and hang pumpkins that surround my garage. I finally got enough to go all around the garage every 12 inches. My local Dollar Tree has piles of cheap Halloween decorations. The solar driveway markers caught my eye. I didn't expect much. They certainly are worth a dollar. They have a small LED inside, a 120 mAh NiCad battery, and a small solar array on the back. It was hard to resist something this inexpensive and I knew it wouldn't be much of a task to enhance the lights inside if I ran them off low
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