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View Poll Results: Are LED light strings more or less reliable than conventional incandescant?
Yes, more reliable. 7 77.78%
No, same old same ol' 1 11.11%
No, I have more failures than the incandescant type 0 0%
I really don't care as I don't decorate with them. 0 0%
Don't know, I still use candles on my tree. 1 11.11%
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Old 12-27-2013, 07:46 AM   #1
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LED Christmas light issues poll

Comparing LED light strings to conventional incandescant lights, do you find them to be more reliable year after year or not?

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Old 12-27-2013, 08:40 AM   #2
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I am usually on the trailing end of the new stuff. Most folks I think won't buy the new type until time to replace the old ones.

Will be interesting to hear some real life experience.

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Old 12-27-2013, 09:32 AM   #3
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I have a mix of both. The LED's cost less to use
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Old 12-27-2013, 09:33 AM   #4
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I did not answer the poll yet as there is no appropriate answer on the list.

You get what you pay for. I bought a few cheap lights at a super store a few years back when my old outdoor incandescent lights bit the dust after 20 years or so. By the end of the first season the covers where falling off, by the end of the 2nd season I was searching for covers in the snow, and could not find some of them at all. The wires are also light weight. Out of frustration and needing to replace more lights I went to a shop that I know that only sells high end quality stuff. I have not had one LED light issue with these commercial grade lights. Everything is solid, no caps to fall off, no lights that can fall out, heavy wires. I now have replaced all my incandescent Xmas lights, with the high quality LEDs and they work great, and have had absolutely zero issues with them. My oldest strands are probably 4 years old, and look as good as the new strands. With these new lights I expect to get 20 years out of them. The cheapies I bought, if I get 20 years out of them it is because I am no longer using them and they have been sitting in the Xmas light box the whole time.
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Old 12-27-2013, 01:27 PM   #5
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I agree you get what you pay for but that was true with the old lights too. If you put up a lot of lights the power savings are very impressive and they don't break unlike the old glass bulbs.

No reason not to retire the old strings.
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