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    Default Re: Finally giving in to LED's

    Also, are you making the switch for this year's display or for next year?
    Phil

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    Quote Originally Posted by P. Short View Post
    Also, are you making the switch for this year's display or for next year?
    This is all for next year. This year is what it is at this point.
    I heard about that paint but haven't looked into it yet. Seems like alot of work to unravel everything but I may try it.
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    Chris,
    Starting in 2013, I started making the switch directly from incans to RGB's. I started with some pixa-bulbs for my roof line from DIYled-express and some GECE's for the garage. They are still part of my display today. Every year, I would buy square and bullet nodes and add new props and now I have a mixture of incans (Renards) and pixels (e682's, Falcon's, and Kulp's), use FPP to run my show, and could not be happier. I am now retired and have enough inventory and spares to last. I mixed in a little at a time to save and took advantage of deals and presales.
    I run most of my show at 30% and sometimes I feel like I could dim it down even more. The nicest thing I found about the pixels was you can do almost any color combinations you want. I also found out that even though there is a slight difference in dimming, the timing is still spot on.
    So I would consider the pixels over LED's unless you plan on sticking with your AC controllers.
    That's a feature not a bug.
    There's no charge for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith R View Post
    Chris,
    Starting in 2013, I started making the switch directly from incans to RGB's. I started with some pixa-bulbs for my roof line from DIYled-express and some GECE's for the garage. They are still part of my display today. Every year, I would buy square and bullet nodes and add new props and now I have a mixture of incans (Renards) and pixels (e682's, Falcon's, and Kulp's), use FPP to run my show, and could not be happier. I am now retired and have enough inventory and spares to last. I mixed in a little at a time to save and took advantage of deals and presales.
    I run most of my show at 30% and sometimes I feel like I could dim it down even more. The nicest thing I found about the pixels was you can do almost any color combinations you want. I also found out that even though there is a slight difference in dimming, the timing is still spot on.
    So I would consider the pixels over LED's unless you plan on sticking with your AC controllers.
    We (my Brother and I) both prefer the more traditional lights than the pixels for our display. That's not saying absolutely won't incorporate some but the main focus I think will always be to stick with the older style bulbs types if possible.
    Chris
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    Quote Originally Posted by ctmal View Post
    We (my Brother and I) both prefer the more traditional lights than the pixels for our display. That's not saying absolutely won't incorporate some but the main focus I think will always be to stick with the older style bulbs types if possible.
    To be honest...I really like my display with the LED strings. No bulbs go out, they are crisp and bright. The CDI strings (what I use) are crazy durable! I still have some strings that are 5+ yrs old in my display.
    You won't regret it once you do it. It's different, but in a good way. (trust me...I went in kicking and screaming LOL) Oh, and yes, the power savings is ridiculous! No way I could do an All ON with 1600 strings of incans!
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    If you want good dimming, spend the money on good LED strings.
    The LED strings you get in any brick & mortar store are not only inexpensive, they are cheap, as in crap.
    They are half wave rectified and some people cab see the 60Hz flicker. You want full wave.
    Most are unsealed with replaceable bulbs. Replaceable (unsealed) bulbs is a worthless feature that brings other problems with it.

    Ditto others on dimming curves. I prefer the inherent dimming curve on incans but if I put the time into it, I could probably make my LED's behave better.
    I love the bright, pure color of LED's and I also prefer cool white over warm white.
    If you buy LED's, either over buy for spare or stick with a single provider so you have a change at getting matching colors a few years from now. Better yet, over buy for spares.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne J View Post
    To be honest...I really like my display with the LED strings. No bulbs go out, they are crisp and bright. The CDI strings (what I use) are crazy durable! I still have some strings that are 5+ yrs old in my display.
    You won't regret it once you do it. It's different, but in a good way. (trust me...I went in kicking and screaming LOL) Oh, and yes, the power savings is ridiculous! No way I could do an All ON with 1600 strings of incans!
    Yes, I'm getting excited now about going LED's. Especially hearing about all of the good things people are saying about the CDI lights. It's amazing how many people people here and on the other site have praised their products.
    Now it have to learn how to mix them....LEDs and incans. At least for the first couple of years. I'm still using Vixen 2.1, although I've been itching to write my own sequencer...or addin. Hmmm.
    Chris
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry-Rigs View Post
    If you want good dimming, spend the money on good LED strings.
    The LED strings you get in any brick & mortar store are not only inexpensive, they are cheap, as in crap.
    They are half wave rectified and some people cab see the 60Hz flicker. You want full wave.
    Most are unsealed with replaceable bulbs. Replaceable (unsealed) bulbs is a worthless feature that brings other problems with it.

    Ditto others on dimming curves. I prefer the inherent dimming curve on incans but if I put the time into it, I could probably make my LED's behave better.
    I love the bright, pure color of LED's and I also prefer cool white over warm white.
    If you buy LED's, either over buy for spare or stick with a single provider so you have a change at getting matching colors a few years from now. Better yet, over buy for spares.
    Thanks. I agree about the store bought ones...at this point I'm done with fiddling around with the cheap crap. That's what's driving this decision. Convincing my brother is not going to be easy(we put it up at his house) but I think it's the best move. Ha...when I say it like that it sounds like a life changing event....it's Christmas lights...hahahahha
    Chris
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne J View Post
    . . . CDI strings (what I use) are crazy durable . . .
    Please educate me, what does/are "CDI strings?" I take it that they are LED strings but what type?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillW View Post
    Please educate me, what does/are "CDI strings?" I take it that they are LED strings but what type?
    CDI is just what we use to call the vendor Creative Displays for short!

    Yes they are LED strings and CDI carries 5mm, M5, C6, C7, C9, G40, and more as well as incandescent! They are a very reputable company that many have bought from over the years (myself included).

    Excellent quality lights that last a long time! I bought a lot of Holiday Creation lights back in the early days of 2000 when I first got into this hobby and they are still going strong. CDI uses the same manufacturer that made Holiday Creation strings so I know they are good ones.
    Bill Ellick

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