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Old December 5 2011, 08:35 PM   #1
Nomad V
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Location: Katy, Texas, USA
Outdoor Christmas Light Fail

Well, I thought I was being environmentally conscious when I ditched the old waterfall Christmas lights for LED lights. I had gone to Costco about 3 years ago for their "Forever Lights" C7 size. They did ok the first 2 years although they are significantly dimmer than incandescent bulbs. Regardless, the wires are crapping out this year. I checked everything before putting them up on the roof, but after getting them up on the second story and hooking them into the gutter, waiting for dark and flipping the switch... LO AND BEHOLD about 5 meters of the string were totally crapped out. The next day I went back up and it looks like the insulation had scraped away against the shingles. It is weird though because it is in the middle of the string. Oh well, I'm not fighting vertigo again to go up and cut out the non-working bulbs and splicing. I suppose that will give me something to do on days when we are snowed in.
Some people are so far behind in their thinking that the future is gone before they get there.
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Old December 5 2011, 09:21 PM   #2
Owain Taggart
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Re: Outdoor Christmas Light Fail

I'm starting to think that the manufacturers build them for limited life expectancy so that people have to go out and buy new sets once every few years. In this case, it's not the bulbs that are the problem, but the wiring.
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Old December 5 2011, 10:58 PM   #3
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Re: Outdoor Christmas Light Fail

That's why yer make 'em yerself.
I find it extremely satisfying watching Jehovah's Witnesses through my window. After all, it takes an RFID lock, a titanium enhanced fireproof door and bullet-resistant glass to keep them out of the building.
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