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About made in china

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  • Birthday 02/26/1976

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    The time a real life pimp showed me how to change burned out C9's
  • Location
    Lake Stevens
  • Biography
    I am not Santa Claus
  • Interests
    Cars, technology, kids, etc
  • Occupation
    Traffic Signal Tech
  • About my display
    35 ct. red mini lights on the little tree outside.
  1. Get better soon, and be sure to enjoy life to the fullest!
  2. Hi Spin, go on eBay and find NOS (new old stock) Japanese or Taiwanese made blue bulbs. I have found that this generation of asian made bulb has a deep powdercoating and lights a very dark blue, and gets quite hot too.
  3. I just wanted to reaffirm that the teal LED retrofit is an excellent choice for incan blue substitution. However, I ran into a supplier issue for 2019. I won't say who, if you want to know, PM me. The supplier I bought my LED smooth opaque (ceramic) bulbs from for 2018 changed suppliers for 2019. The 2018 bulbs were Minleon and I bought red, green, blue, yellow, orange and warm white at that time. The red, yellow and warm white were perfect in every way. The green and blue were too saturated, but the bulb envelope was perfect. The orange was way too close to red, so I didn't use orange. A
  4. Well guys, first off I gotta admit I got the cart in front of the horse, so to speak. I am a hardware guy first and foremost, so I built some RGB floods before I sorted out the software. Here's the specs: Serial data controlled WS2801 RGB chip using shift register for "addressing" I have integrated RS-422 TX and RX to beef-up the long haul of comms between floods The intent is to attach as many floods as I want in series, and control them with one data line. The WS2801 applies PWM to constant current LED driver circuits to power high power LEDs from 200ma to 1050ma. Uses a compact 150w
  5. While you can "aim" the lights to the viewer, they still won't light up the area around them very well. The incans cause everything around them to be well lit in wider spectrum light giving that "warm" feeling. Maybe in 10 years the manufacturers will be able to solve the cost/engineering issues with retrofits. IMO, the only way they will be perfect is if every LED retro is actually a high output, high CRI neutral white LED in a colored, light scattering smooth envelope. When that day comes you'll be hard pressed to tell a difference between incan and LED, and you will probably get a sense
  6. "LED" TV's are the overpriced "SUV" of the TV world. Many manufacturers go so far as to tout their TV as "FULL LED" which is in fact a misleading statement. Only Sony has a true LED display TV for sale, and it's only 11" LED TV's have no color advantage over CCFL. LED TV's have the ability to dim zones, reduce energy use and provide a flatter display panel. BTW, TV manufacturers LOVE LED TV's because they make WAY more profit on them. CCFL LCD TV's are priced very aggressively, but people will pay big premiums for "LED TV" even though honestly, they may not necessarily "need" an LED b
  7. Actually, yes it is. I have worked (not any more) in China and in sourcing for years. Trust me, the retailers put a TON of pressure on manufacturers to lower costs and maximize profits at any cost. Then of course there is the issue of our gov't allowing it to happen and supporting it, etc etc. Besides, the real issue for me is not that we buy imported stuff. I'm OK with that. I am not OK with the pressure that domestic retailers put on manufacturers, and the fact that manufacturers can close American factories and make their products elsewhere while still applying a domestic name to them. I
  8. Wow, getting heated in here about acquiring these Christmas lights. I went and picked up 2 boxes of multi for $0.33 at Lowe's today. I had a whole grip of coupons printed, but when I got there, it occurred to me that: 1. Dude, I don't NEED a bunch of lights. 2. They are 1/2 wave anyways, the lights are NOT good for outdoor displays as they produce a mean strobe effect for people driving by. (to the people that bought TONs of these, your house is gonna look like poo to passers-by if all you have is half wave on display!) Now after reading the responses of people taking issue with p
  9. Next time you look at 'em, plug them in again and shake 'em. It will be real obvious if they are 1/2 wave.
  10. It should be safe. As an extra precaution, you may connect the cable to a electrical ground point. That way if any light string were to develop an electrical fault to the cable, you'd blow a fuse or trip a breaker, and the cable would not become energized.
  11. As long as they have the half wave flicker, the Target LED's are worth exactly $0.00 to me.
  12. I saw these LED's yesterday. They look awesome! Usually I hate LED's, but these look just like the old school midget lights. The ones I saw are Philips at Target, so I am sure they flicker. Any of the LED importers able to get these next year in full wave? I would definitely be interested in these in FW~!
  13. Nice, are they full wave or half?
  14. No offense to the OP, but what's so hard to comprehend about a cheap, Chinese made light set failing? It's WAY more common than LED fanatics like to admit. Last weekend I was at a Christmas light show, 1.2 million lights, about half were LED strings. About half of the LED strings had some kind of failure, dead greens, blues or half the string dead, dim, flickering or just completely dead. It was a real bad showing for LED Christmas lights in general. Of course all of the old, faded incandescent lights were working flawlessly, albeit faded. I guess it's true that LEDs save money on energy si
  15. What is an "incandescent" strobe?
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