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  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. Also, the tip of these bulbs are blunt, like an older ceramic bulb. For 2019 I decided to buy teal along with purple and pink from the same supplier. I wish they would have stated that they changed supplier (I made a pre-order, seems on their updated product pages they do now allude to a different brand name for the 2019 bulbs, but they didn't mention during the pre-order). While I do love the colors of the 2019 bulbs, the bulb envelopes are semi-transparent and you can see the SMD LEDs inside. And yes these are supposed to be "ceramic" or smooth opaque. Also, the tip is very point just like modern Chinese C7 incans. They are no longer made by Minleon. So, just a "heads up" when ordering for 2019, I wonder if Minleon is still around? I didn't find any mention of them for 2019, and I can't find any new Opticore info either. I hope 2019 isn't a dud year for ceramics.
  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 flood as a host. Click for video: As far as hardware goes, everything works fine. I have connected a few of these floods in series and successfully controlled them with an Arduino. These lights require serial data, (data and clock) and the Arduino is a clumsy way to get the data to the lights, the programming of the Arduino is difficult for me to grasp, and so far I have been unable to do anything besides color fades or simple color changes. I'd prefer to have a PC run direct, real time control of the lights. Whatever program I use would need to put out serial data that is compatible with the WS2801 chips. I prefer to avoid DMX, that was the goal of my project, to build a robust, data driven lighting system that didn't require relatively expensive equipment. Anyways, anyone have any suggestions?
  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 that they are real "familiar" because they make colored light the same a way incan does: high CRI light source filtered by a colored (or not) envelope. Anyways, high output, high CRI LEDs are kinda expensive currently.
  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 backlit TV.
  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 kinda think that misses the point of "free trade" since only a few benefit. Sorry for getting OT guys! I'm done...
  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 people abusing the system, may I please remind you that Lowes and GE have practiced outsourcing American jobs for years? They want your money but they don't want to employ you. Listen guys I walked the entire Lowes store today, and nearly EVERYTHING in there was NOT made in USA. Even things that were made in USA a few years ago are no longer. So, good on those that took Lowes and GE for hundreds of boxes of LEDs. I personally agree to some extent that the system got cheated, but then again these corporations are willing to cheat us too. Me personally, I don't like half-wave lights very much, and I don't believe in excess consumerism so I limited myself to 2 boxes. The cashier was very friendly and she even stated how much she loves Christmas lights, I bet she would have let me buy dozens.
  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 since they are usually dead:giggle:
  15. What is an "incandescent" strobe?
  16. I've always understood it as AC=voltage that swings around 0 volts, goes positive-negative. They key is that it switches polarity. That's AC. Even noisy DC never switches polarity. That's why most people who understand electronics will say even halve wave rectification is technically DC. It never crosses 0 volts or changes polarity. We also understand that the cleanest form of DC is from a battery.
  17. minions, of course I understand. sorry to ruffle your feathers
  18. I think if importers/outsourcers actually allowed the names of the factory to be placed on the product, foreign manufacturers would have even more incentive to produce better quality. One thing I hate about the current state of affairs is that the consumer rarely knows who is producing a product, and the importers almost always switch factories very often. Also, a candidate factory may provide you with an awesome sample, but fill the container with lesser quality product. With a manufacturer name on the product, we could establish a reputation and trust with certain manufacturers. Just a thought....
  19. Over the years Spencers used to sell lamps like these. I wish somewhere near here sold the lights like you have, I love these. From what I can tell by that site, this type of lamp has been around a LONG long time. You can even find the old ones on eBay. The best thing about them, they should last a long time if they are decent quality. Normally this type of lamp is not very expensive. http://cgi.ebay.com/3-SETS-AMAZING-NEON-LIGHTS-FLOWER-GLOW-IN-COOL-BULB_W0QQitemZ270406413289QQcmdZViewItemQQptZFloral_Decor?hash=item3ef57a6be9 http://cgi.ebay.com/NEON-twin-FLOWER-Christmas-LIGHT-BULB-regular-base-repr_W0QQitemZ350287744178QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item518ec6ccb2 http://cgi.ebay.com/NE-58-F4A-GE-NEON-Pilot-Indicator-Lamp-Bulb-VINTAGE-NOS_W0QQitemZ310184743777QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item4838739361 http://cgi.ebay.com/AEROLUX-VINTAGE-LIKE-VIOLET-LIGHT-BULB_W0QQitemZ250353772342QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLamps_US?hash=item3a4a3f6736 http://cgi.ebay.com/Antique-AEROLUX-Jesus-Shrine-Bulb-Lamp-Works_W0QQitemZ280432016243QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item414b0cfb73 http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-Aerolux-Iris-Flowers-LIGHT-BULB-works_W0QQitemZ110464069540QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item19b82befa4
  20. They ARE neon. http://bulbcollector.com/gateway/Gas_Discharge_Lamps/Neon/Aerolux/Flowers http://bulbcollector.com/gateway/Gas_Discharge_Lamps/Argon/Aerolux/image/ar0009.jpg&img=&tt= boo yeah
  21. Those are neon, and pretty cool in a old school way!
  22. You must not wrap your connections. Water will always find a way in, but it won't find a way out as easily. Where I work, we make outdoor water proof splices using a gooey tape made by 3M, but you would not want to use it on your lights as it makes a big mess. Without a complete seal, you are just asking for trouble. Like others have said, keep open ends down (some ends are open on both sides as is common for Christmas light products) and up out of puddles. Another idea is to have drip loops so water doesn't just stream into your connections. Remember, Christmas lights are mostly not sealed by design. The sockets get water intrusion from at least one, if not two ends in most products, and the cord ends are not really sealed on most products where the cord enters anyways. Just keep the open electrical parts away from DIRECT paths to ground, that'll prevent GFCI trips.
  23. White and blue LEDs have the same electrical characteristic (Voltage Forward Drop Vf), so you can normally interchange them. Also, some green LEDs are based off of blue LED technology and they too are interchangeable with the blues and whites. However, red, yellow and some green LEDs have totally different Vf and getting a circuit out of wonky (like Chris Cringle mentioned) will cause the string to be inop.
  24. Is it potted? Usually potting is epoxy based, and it is not possible to dissolve it. If you were really intent, you could dremel away at it for days and maybe get something out of it, but you'd probably just end up destroying it. It would be good if you could figure out the circuit and make new/upgraded versions that you could just snip out the old wart and put a new one in (w/o potting of course).
  25. half wave LEDs ought to be outlawed. Sure they don't seem to flicker when everything is standing still. But come on, putting half waves outside on display where people drive by in cars is annoying.
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