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Offline The Chief

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Christmas Lights
« Topic Start: November 08, 2019, 07:26:27 PM »
Anyone recommend a brand/type of light strings that are LED but look like authentic incandescent and that don't flicker?  I'm looking for both classic white and multicolor, so quality recommendations for either or both would be great.

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Re: Christmas Lights
« Reply #1: November 08, 2019, 07:27:51 PM »
We've always bought them at Costco, but the brand changes every year. They've gotten a lot better in recent years.

Anyone recommend a brand/type of light strings that are LED but look like authentic incandescent and that don't flicker?  I'm looking for both classic white and multicolor, so quality recommendations for either or both would be great.

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Re: Christmas Lights
« Reply #2: November 08, 2019, 07:29:07 PM »
You've had to buy new ones every year? :lol:

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Re: Christmas Lights
« Reply #3: November 08, 2019, 07:30:55 PM »
You've had to buy new ones every year? :lol:

No. We've bought *more* every other year. :)

Seriously though, we've watched the displays change every year. When they got a lot better looking, we bought more.

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Re: Christmas Lights
« Reply #4: November 12, 2019, 09:10:09 PM »
I saw some multi-color bulbs in C9 size made by GE at Lowe's that looked pretty close to the traditional older ones. 

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Re: Christmas Lights
« Reply #5: November 12, 2019, 09:12:13 PM »
I saw some multi-color bulbs in C9 size made by GE at Lowe's that looked pretty close to the traditional older ones.

We have some of those. The only thing that makes them a dead giveway (that they are LED) is that the light is bright.

Offline Copecwby20

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Re: Christmas Lights
« Reply #6: November 12, 2019, 09:36:10 PM »
Miss me with all that mess... Get two laser light Christmas set ups and call it a day.
I don't have a yard though and live in an apartment, so the town home owners across the way probably don't like my idea as much as I do.  :hysterical:

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Re: Christmas Lights
« Reply #7: November 12, 2019, 10:01:34 PM »
For $200 you can buy an inflatable globe that shows scenes from Christmas Vacation.  Tempting...

Offline HalfSmokes

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Re: Christmas Lights
« Reply #8: November 13, 2019, 07:14:58 AM »
For $200 you can buy an inflatable globe that shows scenes from Christmas Vacation.  Tempting...

Do you happen to know where? Just asking



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Re: Christmas Lights
« Reply #11: November 13, 2019, 05:52:54 PM »

Imref with the important intel.

so freaking tempted to buy that. :)

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Re: Christmas Lights
« Reply #12: November 14, 2019, 02:11:17 AM »
I don't get the appeal.  If it was the replay of Howie's flag pole HR, I could see the attraction.

so freaking tempted to buy that. :)

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Re: Christmas Lights
« Reply #13: November 14, 2019, 09:32:31 AM »
I don't get the appeal.  If it was the replay of Howie's flag pole HR, I could see the attraction.


There are probably people who would/could reprogram it to play whatever :lol:

Offline 1995hoo

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Re: Christmas Lights
« Reply #14: November 15, 2019, 08:36:45 AM »
Anyone recommend a brand/type of light strings that are LED but look like authentic incandescent and that don't flicker?  I'm looking for both classic white and multicolor, so quality recommendations for either or both would be great.

Contact the webmaster of collingwoodlights.com. He owns 1601 Collingwood Road south of Alexandria and he puts up over 250,000 lights most years. I’m sure he’s an expert on trying to use more efficient bulbs!

Offline HalfSmokes

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Re: Christmas Lights
« Reply #15: November 15, 2019, 08:42:27 AM »
Contact the webmaster of collingwoodlights.com. He owns 1601 Collingwood Road south of Alexandria and he puts up over 250,000 lights most years. I’m sure he’s an expert on trying to use more efficient bulbs!


As someone who lives a about a quarter mile away- totally worth driving by if you’re in the area- he broadcasts a music/light show so you can pull over and watch

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Re: Christmas Lights
« Reply #16: November 15, 2019, 09:30:40 AM »
there are signs up in our neighborhood for services that will hang lights for you.  I can't imagine paying someone to do that.

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Re: Christmas Lights
« Reply #17: November 15, 2019, 10:22:00 AM »
there are signs up in our neighborhood for services that will hang lights for you.  I can't imagine paying someone to do that.

Wait until you are 60 and that 8 foot step ladder doesn't seem so appealing anymore. I used to be fearless, but I won't go on my roof anymore.  ;)

Offline dracnal

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Re: Christmas Lights
« Reply #18: November 15, 2019, 11:23:30 AM »
Wait until you are 60 and that 8 foot step ladder doesn't seem so appealing anymore. I used to be fearless, but I won't go on my roof anymore.  ;)

Hell, I'm 45 and have hated ladders since my late 20's.  Granted, I just buy the laser dot lights to cover the front of my place, rather than pay someone to hit the roof, but yeah, I can see people paying for the service.

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Re: Christmas Lights
« Reply #19: November 15, 2019, 11:45:47 AM »
Hell, I'm 45 and have hated ladders since my late 20's.  Granted, I just buy the laser dot lights to cover the front of my place, rather than pay someone to hit the roof, but yeah, I can see people paying for the service.

My wife likes those nostalgic big lights. So up they go. But I only string them on the first story porch roofs.

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Re: Christmas Lights
« Reply #20: November 15, 2019, 12:02:32 PM »
i'm good with the auto on/off candles in the windows (on the inside) and that's about it.

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Re: Christmas Lights
« Reply #21: November 15, 2019, 12:52:43 PM »
My wife likes those nostalgic big lights. So up they go. But I only string them on the first story porch roofs.


LOVE the big lights, so glad they've made a comeback :)

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Re: Christmas Lights
« Reply #22: November 15, 2019, 01:36:23 PM »
btw, for those of you in the Sterling area, E. Juniper Street used to have about a dozen or so houses that went crazy with lights and decorations.  We used to take our kids there every year to walk through.  They had a collection bin for canned goods and the story I heard is that the neighbors did the decorations to cheer up a child on the street who had cancer.  Does anyone know if that street still does its decorations?  The last time I went there were probably 100 people walking the street and a solid line of cars moving through.  One of the houses had its entire garage set up with the owner dressed as Santa taking pictures with kids and listening to their wish list.

found this from 2015.  Seems to be toned down a bit from what I remember


Offline GataNats

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Re: Christmas Lights
« Reply #23: November 15, 2019, 11:23:34 PM »
In Manassas, there use to be a house that would display models of Xmas themes, movie set pieces, etc.   Is that still around? 

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Re: Christmas Lights
« Reply #24: November 16, 2019, 07:51:18 AM »