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Bill V

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About Bill V

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  • Birthday 07/20/1955

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  • My favorite Christmas story Each year brings a new favorite.
  • Location Alexandria, Virginia, USA
  • Biography A bachelor of fine arts degree many years ago led to a frustrated painter finally finding an outlet with lights.
  • Interests metal fabrication, woodworking and cabinet making
  • Occupation carpenter
  • About my display 400,000 lights controlled by 1024 antiquated AL channels and 44 non zero cross ssr's for some really high amperage craziness.

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  1. No limit other than amperage.
  2. I have been dealing with Laurie there for years. Really good people.
  3. https://www.reinders.com/led#hllink You will have to call to order.
  4. I have a hard enough time getting up all the cords at tear down now......might be tempted to leave a few down if I went with the camo. Better stick with Reinders green spt @ 98.00 a thousand.
  5. Andy, Have you heard from Al Thompson? Was wondering if he would be there. I really would like to here about his experience with The Great Christmas Light Fight.
  6. Was thinking the same thing. Does time seem to fly by faster or are we just getting slower. Slower I think. Medical issues last year caused me to stay dark but I'm all in for 2017. more about that in time. Wishing everyone an awesome setup, one that rivals those images that come and go but seldom leave you head.
  7. Don't have a place to use them thanks. I do know commercial props of that size new sell for between 400.00 and 600.00 each these days and these vintage ones are a look you can't find or have made anymore. What a find.
  8. Great price for sure!
  9. Those are really nice!
  10. Me Too!
  11. Sorry for the lag in getting back with a critique, I received a sample string from Dan as promised and am happy with the product. Very bright, no flicker, non replaceable and appear to be full wave. I was sent a string of 5mm and the domes are slightly smaller than the 5mm I have from HLE but when lit, are as bright. The only concern I had was just how sealed the lights are at the point where the wires enter, sacrificing the set I cut open several and although the design is different at the point of wire entry than what I am used to, once the wires enter the socket the bottom third of the socket is molded solid and appears to eliminate any water intrusion. So, IMHO thumbs up for the price.
  12. For anyone interested I have been in touch with Dan and requested sample strings. I will critique the product and share here on PC. The sample was promptly shipped and is due today. If the product is as advertised, molded husk, sealed non replaceable bulbs then these are some really great prices.
  13. Although I've changed much of my display over to LED's I'm still stubbornly keeping incandescent lights in the display. If you like incandescent mini's, phase out the standard .32amp variety with the energy saving ones like Phillips brand energy savers. With .16amp. draw your getting twice the lighting power with hardly a discernible difference in brightness. There is a warmth in incandescent light that just cant be found in LED's and I don't ever see myself having a display without them.
  14. Thanks Scott. Very handy reference.
  15. I don't think any of these inexpensive meters are that accurate when reading really small loads. That being said, using the two meters I have I consistently get a reading of between .03 -.05 per 100 cnt. string of LED's and .32 -.36 per 100 cnt. string of incandescent mini lights. I calculate load based on the higher of the readings for safety sake. I also check the draw at the power source not at the point of use which will add to real use accuracy. Using the lower of the two readings, .03, you are still looking at 15.3 amps for 51,000 lights.