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#1 jg18


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Posted 10 November 2012 - 06:23 AM

I was in a mall the other day and noticed they have incandescent c9 lights in their artificial trees. I have a large tree in my home (10 feet) and was looking to brighten it up. Is it safe to use c9 incandescent bulbs on an artificial tree?

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 12:24 PM

I can't see an issue with it, however I wouldent leave it on while you were out of the house.
You could always go with the true glow led lights. They look like traditional bulbs if thats the look you want.





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Posted 10 November 2012 - 11:51 PM

In my experience c9 incandescent will melt an artificial tree. Could the lights at the mall have been c9 LED ?

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 04:08 AM

C9 incand are ment for outdoor use only. The amount of heat that they generate will cause you make different headaches.

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 04:45 AM

for the sake of mentioning something cool...I saw a Mythbusters episode where they bundled 10 C9 strands together into one massive string and put it on a dry, real tree. It never came close to catching on fire. That was a fun episode. haha


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#6 Justin Smith

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Posted 10 January 2014 - 07:58 PM

I have C9's on the tree in my house.  As long as you use the newer ones you won't have a problem.

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#7 Nicholas Denney

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Posted 10 January 2014 - 08:52 PM

C9s are for outdoor *and* commercial-scale Christmas displays like the large wreaths, trees and other installations you'll see in public places... both indoors and out.
I personally wouldn't use C9 until a 15 foot tree that was at least 7 foot diameter at the base.
You want the ornaments, bulbs and tree to maintain distinct size ratios with each other. Bulbs as big as or bigger than your smallest ornaments won't look right.

Since you're using an artificial tree, I'd be very careful - who knows what you have. The manufacturer is your best bet for information.

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