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Best blow mold light?

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This year, I'm using a lot of blow molds that I have not used in a long time. Some are from flea markets, etc.  Most have the standard 7w night light bulb, which I believe is too dim for some of the darker molds. Two of the molds I got from elsewhere came with two incandescent-style 40-watt bulbs that provide an excellent source of light for those blow molds. Is it ok to use those (too hot?) or can I get an idea from forum members what bulbs they use and where to get them.  Has anyone tried those 7w LED bulbs?  Reviews on those were they don't provide a uniform light coverage.  Thnx for your opinions.

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I have converted almost all of my blow molds to LED with great success.  I have not noticed any issue, except that you will need to make sure you buy the same color temp and that the color temp is one you like.  I have not found a direct replacement of the 7W bulbs  at the LED bulbs in the same size and shape are too dim, and those with the same base of a 7W that are brighter,  the bulb section is too big.  I I have has some success doing this with blow molds in which I could access the bulb inside the mold.

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Most of my blow molds are medium base, not candelabra base (which is what a C7 is). The few candelabra base blow molds I have will be stocked with C7's for decades, as I replaced my strings of C7's with LED versions. For the remainder of the blow molds, which use medium base bulbs,  I find the best light comes from 40 watt in the larger blow molds and 25 for the smaller blow molds. I've been changing them to warm white LED's over the last few years (as the incandescent bulbs burn out). Until this year, I was stymied in finding a 25w medium base LED in warm white. This year, I found some made by eco-smart in Home Depot. Unfortunately, $8.93 for a three pack, versus a buck or less for 40w warm white LED. 

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For years I have been using 15 watt candelabra base incandescent emergency exit sign light bulbs instead of regular C7 bulbs in my blowmolds. Physically they are a little longer than the standard C7 bulb but are a bit smaller in diameter so they fit through the holes in most of the blowmolds with room to spare and light them up much better that the 5-watt C7 without the excessive heat like you would get from 25 watt chandelier bulbs. Especially good in candles and lanterns... You can pick up these bulbs from most commercial electrical suppliers.

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