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Christmas Tree Lights - and how behind the times I am

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Christmas Tree Lights - and how behind the times I am

Installed the Christmas Tree Lights and found five bulbs weren't working - fortunately it is one of those systems where a bulb failing doesn't stop the whole string lighting.
Used up nearly all the spare bulbs (only one left now) so thought I had better think about getting a few spares for next year
The only source is the original manufacturer as the local stockist doesn't carry spares. Set of 21 multicolour bulbs £5
SWMBO comment - it would be nearly cheaper to get a new set for next year.
Off to Amazon to check - steps back in amazement - they are nearly all LED now and quite reasonably priced so next year will splash out on a new set - the extravagance of Oldjim  Grin
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buy them in a couple of days when they price crash to clear the warehouse  Grin
its what I did last year because I hate the horrible old blown bulb stuff, that and last year our fiberoptic tree got a bit busted up when some box rage and a few teenagers got caught up together with it ....
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Having recently taken an interest in LED lighting I checked the box of a string of white lights I have for round a window and was pleased to see these are the LED variety and the whole 7 metre string consumes 10 watts.
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LED xmas lights are more reliable. We've not put anything up yet this year but we do have LED lights that normally reside in the window.
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My Christmas tree is one of those fibre optic things with a halogen reflector bulb in the base with a rotating multi-coloured disc.
Saves draping lights all over it.
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Quote from: Oldjim
Installed the Christmas Tree Lights and found five bulbs weren't working - fortunately it is one of those systems where a bulb failing doesn't stop the whole string lighting.
Used up nearly all the spare bulbs (only one left now) so thought I had better think about getting a few spares for next year
The only source is the original manufacturer as the local stockist doesn't carry spares. Set of 21 multicolour bulbs £5
SWMBO comment - it would be nearly cheaper to get a new set for next year.
Off to Amazon to check - steps back in amazement - they are nearly all LED now and quite reasonably priced so next year will splash out on a new set - the extravagance of Oldjim  Grin

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They used to be designed to short circuit when blown, so preserving the series circuit.
Down side is that, as each bulb short circuits, the remaining bulbs are subject to a higher series voltage, so they blow even faster !!
LED's that's the way to go.
And they are usually really cheap in the shops after Christmas !
Also means if battery / solar recharged power supply versions means they are more portable, where this isn't a mains socket.
Preferably powered by NiMH cells.
Mine last about 14 hours continuous, ie around 4 nights per charge.
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My Christmas tree is one of those fibre optic things with a halogen reflector bulb in the base with a rotating multi-coloured disc.
Saves draping lights all over it.

CHEAT!
Lol  Wink
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My Christmas tree is one of those fibre optic things with a halogen reflector bulb in the base with a rotating multi-coloured disc.
Saves draping lights all over it.

mine had an ultra bright led in the base, it was brilliant but I can't afford the outlay for another one (I bought it several years ago whilst still in work) and the simplicity of the rotating disc with 5 colours was epic Smiley
this year I got a new tree (still fake) and a string of 800 lights (that made the wife rather dizzy running round the tree to string them ), in hindsight a max of 400 lights would of done  but you cant beat having a tree that costs a penny a month to run (especially when a 20 string of the old style lights costs a quid for the same period), I have replaced most of the lights in the house now with led versions and so far my electric bill is £10 cheaper than the same period last year, if the lights last another 3 years then I will have saved as much as it cost to buy them Smiley
still anything that doesn't make the leccy meter spin round like its possessed is a bonus for this time of year
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Also means if battery / solar recharged power supply versions means they are more portable, where this isn't a mains socket.
Preferably powered by NiMH cells.
Mine last about 14 hours continuous, ie around 4 nights per charge.

Another benefit of batteries is no rubbish power supply to cause your router to resync!
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Just trim the wicks on the candles and make sure the flames are not too close to other branches.
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