Re: advice needed
- From: "m4816k" <marijan.kovacevic@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2005 15:15:26 +0100
"Clive Mitchell" <bigclive1@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
> In message <dlkmbj$4qs$1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, m4816k
> <marijan.kovacevic@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes
> >Since I love christmas lights (not a million-bulb-psycho though) I'd need
> >some advice regarding future purchases. So;
> >1. Are LED's cost effective?
> They started expensive but are getting cheaper. I've been using
> professional grade LEDs for three or four years now on council contracts
> and they have been extremely reliable. I've still not seen a decent
> warm white LED in this application though.
> The cheap consumer LED strings are very variable in quality. You can
> get mass LED failure in a short time. Many LED strings flicker slightly
> since they tend to use rectified but unsmoothed DC.
> >2. Are rope lights always LED (are there any lights which are)?
> Most tube light is based on standard filament lamps. You can now buy
> LED versions but again the better quality ones will last longer.
> >3. If I don't want bulbs burning out one-by-one, which should I avoid or
> >what to look for (I hate it when I have to think of what to do with bad
> >strings, especially if I don't "have a heart to throw them" cause over
> >60-70% is working fine)?
> The cheap blue and white sets are the least reliable. The most reliable
> LED colours at any level are the traditional red, orange and yellow's
> based on the old gallium arsenide technology.
- thank you, but in this question I actually wasn't refering to LED lights,
but christmas lights in general; any thougths on that? Thanks again!
> >4. How to recognize good quality lights (any tips, hints...)?
> >That's what I came up with so far. Thank you!
> Get them from a company that gives a genuine guarantee. I use a French
> company called Blachere. They are very strict about quality, and fast
> to reject poor quality goods.
> Clive Mitchell
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