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    I bought xenon strobe lights in 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2017. The ones I bought in 2012 from www.winterlandinc.com are still going strong with a low percentage of failures. The ones in 2014 (from www.creativedisplays.com?... can't remember for sure) were okay for a few years, but are few are starting to fail. The ones bought in 2015 and 2017 (from DIY LED Express) have been dropping like flies, but their warranty/replacement/refund policy has been good at least.

    They all look pretty well the same with the usual white base and screw into a C9 socket. The ones I bought in 2012 were supposed to flash about 100-120 times per minute and held up to their rating, and the ones in 2014 and 2015 were supposed to be 180 flashes per minute and were about that range, but the 2017 ones were supposed to be 180 times per minute but were closer to 120 flashes per minute in reality.

    I'm kind of frustrated with the quality of strobes the past few years. How have others fared with their strobe purchases over the last few years and where did you get them from?

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    Anyone? ... Bueller? ... Bueller?

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    I get strobe failures every year AND I get pixel failures every year too. Buying extra spares is normal process as far as I'm concerned.
    I will say the reliability on both seems to have gone down in the last year or two. However the price has come down too. Probably not a coincidence...

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    I think that as strobes ages, their ability to deal with extreme temperatures declines -- you're in BC -- has the weather changed appreciably over the past year or two?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirknerkle View Post
    I think that as strobes ages, their ability to deal with extreme temperatures declines -- you're in BC -- has the weather changed appreciably over the past year or two?
    I'm in the Lower Mainland which has some of the warmest winters in Canada. It didn't get any colder than about -5C (23F) this past season. We usually don't get much colder than that either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pixelpuppy View Post
    I get strobe failures every year AND I get pixel failures every year too. Buying extra spares is normal process as far as I'm concerned.
    I will say the reliability on both seems to have gone down in the last year or two. However the price has come down too. Probably not a coincidence...
    Where have you bought your strobes in the past? Any advice on what worked well and what didn't? The year you bought them would give you bonus points! :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Some Guy View Post
    Where have you bought your strobes in the past? Any advice on what worked well and what didn't? The year you bought them would give you bonus points! :-)
    I wish I could give you a specific answer but I buy them wherever and whenever I see them on sale. Mostly the same places you mentioned.

    As far as what worked and what didn't, all I can tell you is that all my strobes are xenon not led. I tried led strobes and they don't have the same pop and wow factor for me even though they may last longer. You might try some LED strobes to see what you think. I didn't like them as much but they probably last longer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pixelpuppy View Post
    I tried led strobes and they don't have the same pop and wow factor for me even though they may last longer. You might try some LED strobes to see what you think. I didn't like them as much but they probably last longer.
    Why would I want something I don't like as much to last longer, LOL!?!

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    I've had a high percentage of strobes go each year. This year I got a late start testing the lights and found that about 1/3 of them didn't work...must have been a rough storage year for them.

    Anyway, by the time I got around to it the led strobes were the only one's available. I got them here:http://www.diyledexpress.com/index.p...products_id=63.

    I have to say that I really didn't notice a difference between them and the regular strobes except that none failed during the display this year. We'll see about whether they make it through storage next year but so far I'm happy with them.
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    Living in Houston I lost a few my first year, and noticed that there was always moisture inside. I ended up drilling two 1/8" holes about an inch apart on the ends of the strobes and then hanging them, so that any moisture that got inside, would run out. After 6 or 7 years of use, I've only lost 3 more out of about 50 bulbs. I think I bought some from Chuck that first year, and some from Todd the next year. I didn't use them this year, but testing what I have left is on the to do list as I always have an AC channel open for strobes.
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