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What color lighting do you prefer?

Light Color Preference  

16 members have voted

  1. 1. What “theme” of colors do you prefer?

    • Multi (RGBYW/etc)
      8
    • Red/White
      0
    • Blue/White
      1
    • Red/Green
      4
    • Single Color (white only, etc)
      0
    • Other (please specify)
      3


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About seven years ago I put up my first display using multi-colored LEDs purchased from Lowe’s. Shortly after, I grew to no longer care for the particular brand/style of LED due to the strobing effect and have desired to “start over”. But I had already invested too much money so I just dealt with it. Besides, people weren’t stopping to complain.  Well, two years ago my PC died which mean our animated display was down for the count. I didn’t have the money or time to replace said PC and rebuild the scenes so I simply went “static”.  You can see our display here from a couple years ago to get an idea of what it was.  Far from perfect, sure.  But entertaining nonetheless.

 

 

Fast forward to this season and my wife essentially gave me the biz: next year we are putting our display back in to motion. I told her I absolutely agree. I have been far too complacent so next year it is ON!  Lol. ... But with one caveat: we buy new lights. I’m opting for LEDs again but this time dimmable ones. For now I’m starting with C9’s that will go along the roof line and as years progress I’ll implement additional, more preferred light bulbs/types. I’ve been eyeing options and comparing and now I’m to the point of deciding on Color.  That’s where you all come in.

 

Having used multis in the past my wife is keen on following suite again. Personally, I’ve liked some of the two-color pair setups I’ve seen (such as red/white) and sometimes even thought the multicolored setup of ours just looked kind of cheap. I tried to talk my wife in to Blue/White given we are Kentucky fans but she didn’t really like that option after I showed her some examples. She and my 7yo daughter both prefer the multicolored setup. So I’m outvoted.  I refuse to have purple or pink, though, lol. Therefore, I think I’ve narrowed it down to this combo:

https://www.christmaslightsetc.com/p/C9--Multicolor-Smooth-OptiCore-LED-Replacement-Bulbs-14002.htm#62139

 

 

However, I still am curious what the community here has to say with respect to preferred lighting colors (especially on rooflines).  Do you feel that multis look “cheap” or are they quite OK?  Any other thoughts when it comes to choosing light colors?

Edited by hardisj

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I use red/green/white/blue in my animated display.  I think it adds something to the sequencing when one color is shown at any given time.  That being said, I don't think your multi show in the video looked cheap.  I enjoyed it.  It is also the less expensive route for sure.  Maybe you could leave the bulk of the display multi and do individual colors on the mega tree.  Just a thought.

 

Mike

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Classic ole Red/White/Green for LOR. The colors on the other half of my static display are random depending on the land theme.

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If I was to start over again, I probably would not go with pixels because of the extra programming involved. I do think I would go with dumb RGB lights so I could still have every color that I wanted.

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I outlined my roof in white based on my wife’s choice, but I prefer more color so I am deciding whether to convert to candy cane red white.  I haven’t created window frames yet so I’m also considering keeping the roof outline white and making the windows red/white, red/green, or even multicolor.  Too many options.  This is a great question though.

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I do a static display and I stick to mainly white, red, and green, with a little blue mixed in for a water feature. 

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Red/ White/ Blue/ Green. Single color strands. Not a fan of Multi colored strands.

Tom

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Two neighbors and myself use multi colored lights while everyone else uses all clear lights.  I use all led multi, next door neighbor uses all incan multi and other neighbor uses old incan C9 multi.  We really stand out!!

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Although I dont use c9's I use C7's but they are in multi, true multi , Red,Green,Blue, orange, purple and cool white. I was skeptical at year 1 but after almost 10 years like this I have really grown to like them. when it comes to buying, if you want quality order from Brian at holiday light express.

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There is a certain shade of blue (LED) that looks so cool.  I have not been able to find it anywhere, but it looks like it may have a mite of purple in it.  I will try to locate a sample and post it.

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On ‎1‎/‎23‎/‎2018 at 10:27 PM, Jeremy Lawton said:

Although I dont use c9's I use C7's but they are in multi, true multi , Red,Green,Blue, orange, purple and cool white. I was skeptical at year 1 but after almost 10 years like this I have really grown to like them. when it comes to buying, if you want quality order from Brian at holiday light express.

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Hey dude how u been buddy? 

I'm a easy guy when it comes to lights but I kinda like the old white lights really always enjoyed what they looked like.

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