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  1. The Warm White LED's look the closest to the white on a regular incandescent mini light.

    I don't like "harshness" of the cool white LED. I tried to use some about 2-3 years ago, and with in 2 days they went back to the store and I bought regular mini lights.

  2. Ok, another question on the LED Icicles.

    Are the Warm White icicles only going to be carried only with the snowflake ends on them, or will (or can) you get the mini light bulb style? I'm not too impressed with the snow flakes...yet.

    Thanks again.

    Edit - OK another quesion.....

    On the C6 strings, what's the length?

  3. The LED Icicle lights are Snowflake shaped and are 7 feet long with drops in 3, 5, and 6 lights and the spacing is 4 inches.

    The LED Net lights come 3 sets per case.

    Merry Christmas!

    Sorry to ask sooo many questions...but...

    On the icicles -

    Can you post a pic of the icicles? When you say snowflakes, do you mean the lights are shaped like snowflakes? Are they like tLike these - http://www.christmaslightsetc.com/p/Residential-70-ct.-LED-Snowflake-Icicle-Lights-w-6-in.-Spacing--19391.htm

    What's the lighted length of the string (the 7')? what is the length of the leads form plug to first drop?

    I'm assuming white wire on these as well, right?

    Net lights -

    Green wire, right?

    What shape are the bulbs?

    Sorry, for so amny questions... Just trying to plan for next year. and needs the wife's 'OK' before I can place an order.

    Thanks! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

  4. Tell us what breakers you have in your main electrical panel now. The Top breaker in the panel is the main service... Usually 100 or 200 AMPS, then list each of the breakers and their AMPS.

    Like this:

    200Amp Main

    Left - 10 10Amp breakers, then 2 -30amp breakers

    Right - 8 10 amp breakers, then 1 - 50 amp breaker

    I'm not the best person to answer all your questions, but others on here can help you out.

  5. While I only have a static display,(no music, animations, etc...) I too have been dealing with the rainy Knoxville weather..... Howdy-Ho Neighbor.....

    I was dark more nights that I was lit the last two weeks. The last two years I had one string (I thought) that had issues and when ever the lights went out, I would disconnect that string and reset the GFCI.... All was well. This year I setup my lights, forgetting which string was the trouble-maker, and the first time it sent dark, and mythodically set out to find that string. Once I found him and unplugged, the display was fine for a few hours and POOF. I went around and took all my cords, lights, etc.. off the ground, checked all the connections from the breaker box to the GFCI... NOTHING. The display would work for 10 seconds to 1 hours then off. I thought I had a bad GFCI, and then I had a stroke of genious... water penetration in the plugs on the strings. So, I get out the electrical tape and air compressor, and procede to unplug each string, blow out the water (or any moisture) and then plug it up and seal it with the tape. All was good for the night, and it didn't rain. The next night, POOF!.... [email protected](&^%(%#)....Off I go, searching the plugs...AH-HA!!!! Foung one plug where the adhesive on the tape didn't hold and water got in. I reseal that one and test...POOF!! .... @(#%*&.... I don't get it....search again, and found a plug I forgot at the end of a string. I seal it and BINGO! It's all working again. Now it's not reained hard the last day and a half, so tonight will be a test.

    Moral of the story.....WRAP THOSE PLUGS!

  6. Dude, busted bulb out of the box.... that sucks.

    I think I'm going to wait on my LED's till the sales next year. When do they generally start...Jan, July, Sept?

    I do think I'll get a couple wire trees from walmart. They had them for $25 ~ 2 weeks ago. Maybe they've got them for less this week. I still didn't get a chance to stop by the Christmas Place (a pool store in warmer months), but will this weekend. maybe I can find something really neat there.

  7. Intersting development with my lights the last 2 nights. First, my GFCI keeps popping. Second I found out why. It's been raining ling crazy here for many days. I took all the precautions of keeping the female ends pointed down to avoid water entering. I kept lights off the ground and kept cords and connections off the ground. Well, even though the female ends were down, the amount of rain and wind was actually blowing rain into the sockets.

    The last two evening I've been using electrical tape to seal any and all my connections. Last night the display ran for 3-4 hours before the rain got real heavy and seeped into a connection and POOF. Tonight, I found the leaky connector and, finger crossed, it's still running.

    BUT, it still does not change the fact that I want to change to LED's for next year.

  8. The trees I've seen so far are 6ft. I'd like to get a few different sizes 3ft, 4ft, 6ft and maybe a larger one. I don't want to get too large, but just a small grouping of trees to add to my display.

    Do you have any suggestions of where to look (other than big box stores)?

    We do have a pool store that becomes a Christmas store from October to January. I bought a lot of wreaths and my garland from them one year right after Christmas for 80% off. I think I'll stop in and see them on my way home tonight.

  9. Thanks Hotrod. I emailed christmas-led's but I might pick up the phone and call them tonight.

    I looked over your "sale" inventory and what's on your site. I don't think you have any items I need.... YET!

    I'm trying to talk the wife into putting up some trees in the yard. I've seen at the big box places, the wire trees (they look like a tree with no leaves. Just branches wrapped in lights), and I like them, for a static display. But, I do also like the mini trees that everyone does for their displays, with multi strings of single colors (red, blue, green, white, etc..) but I'm not sure if I'm ready to go to that level.....yet (give me a year or two... or maybe after the PLUS 2009. LOL). If I do talk her into it, I'll seriously consider your selection first.

  10. Well, for several years now I've used the traditional incandescent mini lights for my icicles and net lights. Now this year so far I've had no less then a dozen tripped breakers and GFCI's for my very modest and simple light setup.

    I'm not running a show, music or anything fancy. Just icicle lights, net lights, and lighted garland on the front of my house. It's only 6 strings of icicles, 8 nets, and 4 garland, and I realize that it's probably a little too much for a single circuit and in years past have not had any issues. Now, like I've mentioned, my GFCI has tripped at least a dozen times on me. THe only thing I've changes was to move from a shared circuit on my garage to a dedicated circuit that used to be for my hottub (now shut off and disconnected). It's a 20A circuit with a GFCI in my outdoor shed.

    So, anyway, I'm over the power issues and want to move to LED's. I've looked at many of the vendors on PlanetChristmas.com and am not sure which one to go with.

    What I'm looking for (all Full Wave LED, of course):

    8 - 120+ light multi color net lights (if they have white LED's they ned to be Warm White), green wire.

    10 - Icicle lights (with 4" spacing, and long drops) Warm White, white wire.

    4 (or 8) - Lighted garland - Warm White, green wire.

    4 (or 6) - Warm White wire trees, white wire.

    And someone to help me hook up the lights and give me a ladder so I can finally get lights on the second floor guttering. I've been trying to 4 years to get up there, but just never do it.

    Oh and in return, I'll share a tip I figured out for storing my icicles and keeping them relatively untangled and straightened out. on each rafter in my garage I put in a open eye bolt (the kind that look like a ? mark). then lay each string across the bolts (like hanging them on a gutter), and then take each drop grouping and put one end of an "S" hok in the wire at the end of the drop then place a large metal washer on the other end of hte "S" hook. I do this as soon as I take the lights down each year and leave them light that all year, and come Winter..... Perfectly straight icicle lights.

    Thanks everyone for any assiatance you give. I've read a lot of threads and got a lot of ideas (all of which have been voted down by the wife), but it's fun to live vicariously through everyone else.

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