We bought a whole bunch of the LED icicle lights last year after Christmas at quite a bargain. The box promises that they are a true white and not that blue-ish harsh light. I think that we will still do the bigger colored lights on the windows and porch posts. I just love that look.
As for the tree, I guess I'll see how I like the outdoor lights this year and if I would want them on my trees. Then I'll look for them again after the season for next year. I do hope that they give us the kind of energy savings that people talk about!
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We bought LED lights in July to use this Christmas. I wanted something that resembled the old fashioned lights but without the worry of fire. When they arrived I nearly cried thinking they were pastel colored. My husband, ever the geek, said to plug them in that they'd look different. They were gorgeous! Plus they're a new kind that you can replace individual bulbs and they sell sets of colored bulbs so you can change them. I have vision problems myself but I figure if they're not on the very edge of the tree limbs, more inside the tree, I can handle it.
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I use traditional (but the mini kind) I had purchased the LED's when they 1st came out and did not care for them but I hear they have made some great progress, maybe after Christmas I'll pick some up because you can never have too many lights!!!!
I alternate from color to all white it depends on my mood at the time I set up although the colored remind me of the 70's and well I kind of like it
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I got some big-bulb LEDs for the front-yard hedge last year, and was disappointed. They were not as bright as I expected, and the colors were not what I'm used to. I also didn't care for the looks of them when I drove by LED-decorated homes and yards. I haven't tried the small indoor LEDs. I've stuck with the mini-lights on the tree because they're the look I know and love.
Some food for thought....
1st if your a traditional kinda person better buy em up and hang on to them I believe the LED full conversion is set to be christmas 2012.
2nd LED's have come along way since their introduction. The colorado christmas group had the chance to test LED's on our computer boards for Novelty lights. and thier ability to dim and fade has come a long way from the step down fades we used to see.
also you can get soft white and bright white. I prefer the soft white led's. they have a much warmer glow. I use mostly c7 retrofit replacments on my house with red , blue, green, yellow and orange, the yellows and the oranges are hard to tell when next to each other but when separated by other colors they are not bad. The savings do outweigh the costs though. 200 c7 incadecent bulbs run about 15 amps while 200 c7 led's run 4 amps a BIG difference.
with each year the LED's get better and better.
however it is personal preference.
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I finally got used to the LED's this year after a long struggle with whether I liked them or not. When they first came out, the colors were just terrible imo. The "white" to me looked like a cold greyish blue and the other colors just didnt have the same glow, but after this Christmas, I have completely switched over to different colors of LED's thanks to the Home Depot's old light trade in program. And now I love LED's. They last up to 20 years so I can keep accumulating lights without worrying about replacing them! That to me is great. I read that you can leave LED's on 24/7, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and they will last 4 years straight. Do the math and if you only have them on 8 hrs/day, nov and dec, they can last a lifetime!
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I used the mini multi-stringed light with one string light that would blink off and on slightly. Made the tree look like it was "sparkly". Never gave anyone a visual problem. White lights were just too plain imo. But this year the multi-colored mini lights weren't working so I purchased the C-5 Led lights to go on the tree. Love them! They look gorgeous on my tree with all the other decor that I use. Haven't heard about any visual problem or hurting anyone's eyes to look at them. Always get compliments
But I have heard that they're working on improving the Led lights to give a "warmer glow". But the ones I have already do that!
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