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    Quote Originally Posted by timpwk View Post
    I am also considering putting in a brighter bulb n the deer. I was thinking about some 25W or 40W equivalent LED bulbs, but that could reuire reingeneering the hole for the bulb. Has anyone done this?
    I didn't put brighter bulbs in my deer but I did add bulbs to them to get a more even glow out of them! I put a bulb in the rear leg area and another in the neck.
    I did mod a GV deer to have a C7 bulb in his nose for my Rudolf one as well.

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    Bill, I like the idea of spreading out the light, however I think I want to go with LED due t the fact I may put these on my roof and many years once we get to December getting on the roof to replace a blown light is impossible due to snow and ice. Maybe I can find a way to do it with LED's if I can fnd a financialy sound source.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timpwk View Post
    Bill, I like the idea of spreading out the light, however I think I want to go with LED due t the fact I may put these on my roof and many years once we get to December getting on the roof to replace a blown light is impossible due to snow and ice. Maybe I can find a way to do it with LED's if I can fnd a financialy sound source.
    I agree all too much with you on this! I use dimmable C7 LED bulbs in mine as well since my sleight is 12 feet up in the air for the season!
    I bought a bunch of dimmable replacement ones from AliExpress a couple years back but don't see them on his site anymore.
    You can find them though from other sources like here:

    http://www.ledholidaylighting.com/c7...ementBulb.aspx

    or

    http://www.christmaslightsetc.com/p/...V22955F373V331

    I have 175 blowmolds as well that I have converted to LED bulbs so I use a lot of them myself!

    Bill

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    Here are some pictures of my reindeer for making them brighter. I ran the zip cord up inside the deer to get to the lamp socket for the head. It made it easier to maintain and out of the way.

    I used fender washers on the sleight to distribute the load of the cable and keep it from cutting into the plastic. There are two washers at each point, 1 on the outside and 1 on the inside. I drilled three holes and used 8/32 machine screws, nuts, lock washers to "sandwich" the plastic between them.
    Those two cables are the main ones that run from end to end and terminate in loops so that I can use other cables or anything else to mount the sleight team too.
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    On this same topic, I'm finally getting my team deployed after two years of misfires. I have a question about securing the team in the air.

    I have a pine tree that I have attached a board up about 45' into the tree with two pulleys on it. The board is pressure treated 2x6 and painted. It's secured with tie wraps, a ratchet strap (It'll rust shut soon enough), screws and the board is mounted on the back side of the tree. So the strength of the board is used more than the attaching mechanisms. I looped two coated aviation cables up and down through each of the pulleys with loops on each end and secured them just out of reach without a small ladder. This is all permanent.

    I'll be hooking two other cables to these cables along with the team out into the yard. The team is set up a lot like the ones pictured in the thread with the PVC. The question is this...

    I'm going to use ground anchors on both sets of ends. I have the potential for about a 100' span from the ground to the top. I'm going to put it out as far as I can of course to have a nice angle. The team will pretty much in the center of the run. I will also use run a couple cables from the center of the team down to the ground to anchors there to keep it from swaying in the wind too much.

    Any advice on picking a ground anchors for the job?

    The biggest vortex anchor is I think about 450 pound of strength. I've seen some bigger ones that go to up to 3500 pound. I don't want to go overkill on it but I want it to be safe too.

    Thanks,

    Jason

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    Very strong anchor. Ring folds down so lawn mower won't hit it. Anchor 01.jpg Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Liberty-Outdo...d+anchor&psc=1
    Last edited by stallionent; 10-10-2017 at 05:03 PM.

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    So many reindeer like flying, great job!
    www.chancsmotor.com

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