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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-30-2014, 06:41 AM Thread Starter
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Christmas lights!

Every year I get out my strings of miniature lights that I used last year (and worked when I took them down) plug them in to confirm workage and then half the string is dead when I get them on the house or whatever. So I carefully inspect for loose, missing, or broken lamps and all checks out fine. Heck I even bought one of those magical "Lightkeeper Pro" gun thingys...It's like an AED for Christmas lights...supposedly jolts them back to life.

Anyway, I usually buy new lights almost every year on the day after Christmas clearance sales because I no longer have the patience to dink with a $3 light string for an hour each time I want to use one.

So my question is...are the LED light strings any more reliable than the incandescent strings or are they just a high-tech failure as well? I bought some old-school C-7 light strings for the house but Consumers Energy has to start Unit #2 at the Donald C. Cook nuclear plant when I turn them on so I'd prefer to get something that uses less electricity even though their reliability ranking is high.
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I had some LED exterior lights for about 3-4 years. They seemed to hold up better than the inexpensive "no-name" brands. But, they eventually succumb to the elements, etc. They may not be any better than the name brand (GE, Philips, etc) incandescent lights. It's usually the wiring and connectors that fail, not the lights themselves.

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LED lighting will out perform incandescent lighting when it comes to longevity and power consumption, all day long.They are light emitting diodes, hence their name "LED". they draw mere milliamps of current and there is no filament to burn out. But a set of lights are only as good the material that joins them all together.Doesn't always pay to buy cheaper.Merry Christmas friend
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Got out the mini-bulb icicle lights today. Plugged them in to check them out. 25% to 50% of every strand was dead. Played "swap the bulbs" for about 20 min before chucking them in the trash. They were all working last winter before being packed away. Not sure if these were 1 or 2 years old.

Grabbed some LEDs from Sam's. They have a 3 year warranty. We'll see how long they last.

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