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Post by tuberadiogeek on Thu Nov 26, 2015 7:34 pm

I was browsing online to see what a old plug flasher would run me for some of my christmas lights. Well they are just too dang expensive. So I searched "light flasher" on Amazon and found a switch with a flash mode. Apparently it's to turn your porch light into a flashing light to get the attention of emergecy services, but I was thinking that would work great for christmas lights. I figured I could easily connect it to an outlet and put it in a 2 gang box with a short cord on it. Then plug my existing extension cord into it and control the lights I want to flash. It says it's good for 300 watts, but I'd barely pull 200 out of it. What do you guys think? http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002W552NG/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A3W17NTDU5Q0N
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Post by Wildcat445 on Fri Nov 27, 2015 10:45 am

One of the agreements my wife and I made when I retired was that I would NEVER have to mess with another Christmas light as long as I lived. We have a little 4' fake tree that already has lights on it. I plug it in and I'm done. It has a little "module" on it that you can set to make it twinkle or flash or whatever. I don't know if you can buy something like that to use on your Christmas lights. Good luck.

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Post by 75X11 on Fri Nov 27, 2015 2:32 pm

I guess I'll try to string up my LED's this weekend, depending on how the leaf combustion goes.
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Post by 75X11 on Fri Nov 27, 2015 2:42 pm

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Post by Wildcat445 on Fri Nov 27, 2015 4:12 pm

Walmart may have a collection of Christmas decoration doodads that might help you. I noticed their collection the other evening, but did not pay a lot of attention to them.

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Post by tuberadiogeek on Fri Nov 27, 2015 7:39 pm

I don't have much money and just want to keep things simple. I figured for 10.00 it would be worth a try. I have plenty of cords floating around and can get a box, outlet and covers for less than 3.00 at the ReStore. Here the WalMarts don't have much holiday stuff stuff besides the lights, timers, multi plugs and extension cords. If you decide to buy anything electrical from the Lawn & Garden section, you will almost pay double the price that it would be in the Hardware section.
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Post by Bill Cahill on Sat Nov 28, 2015 11:40 am

I'm having surgery after Christmas, so, I'm keeping it simple. Just a few decorations in the living room, and, I'm happy....

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Post by Wildcat445 on Sat Nov 28, 2015 5:15 pm

My wife bought a string of 150 lights from Walmart for less than $12. You can program the string to flash, twinkle, change colors and some other functions. How can you afford to fool around with doodads when you can get one already made that cheaply? "Holiday Time" is the brand name and "772" are the last three numbers of the SKU. She found them in the "Seasonal" aisle in Hardware, back by the Garden Center. Good luck.

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Post by 75X11 on Sat Nov 28, 2015 6:19 pm

I got my LED's up. 1120 of them.
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Post by Wildcat445 on Sat Nov 28, 2015 7:20 pm

My WIFE has three strings up on her new non-fake tree.  400 in total.  I do not do lights, but I admire those who are patient enough to do it.  All I do is cuss and get frustrated.  The lights she bought are LED.  400 lights are something like 26 watts power consumption.  The frau wanted a real tree for a change, so that is what she did.  It sure smells good.   Very Happy

I'm sure your light display looks real nice, 75. Very Happy

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Post by 75X11 on Sat Nov 28, 2015 7:44 pm

It's bright and colorful. It seems like the ones with the richest colors and brightest light are the simple 5mm envelope. The ones with incandescent shapes are pale and shows too much flicker.
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Post by tuberadiogeek on Sat Nov 28, 2015 7:59 pm

I'm still running mostly incandesent which are about 40 watts per 100 lights. I'm just trying to do something different with lights I had on hand and given to me by my uncle that replaced his with new. Plus I have this annoying guy across the street from me, every year it seems like he tries to out do me with his lights. If that is really his intentions, I don't know but I want my lights to be unique. Which is why I want some to flash together.
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Post by 75X11 on Sun Nov 29, 2015 7:14 pm

Good luck with your display! Here's a pic of mine.

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Post by Wildcat445 on Sun Nov 29, 2015 9:14 pm

Nice job, 75! Very Happy

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Post by 75X11 on Mon Nov 30, 2015 12:39 am

Thanks!
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