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    Default Christmas lighting 2020

    Just thought to start a thread on lighting, including what's new out there.

    I notice a proliferation of more expensive, elaborate lighting including lighted figures (e.g. wire-frame
    reindeer, Santa etc.) and lighted trees, not really new; and projectors either of coloured dots/patterns (laser
    or LED) or actual short seasonal video clips which can be projected on a translucent window blind or a wall
    (mine includes Hallowe'en).

    As far as basic lights themselves I see bigger choice of colour combos such as green/red/white etc.
    I tend towards the simpler and lower cost.

    I still have the first string of 35 LED Christmas lights bought the better part of two decades ago ($8)
    and it's still in use.

    As of now, some large stores have sold out (or nearly) of regular LED light strings, earlier than
    usual. I wonder if it is a supply-side issue and/or high demand (both possibly related to COVID); maybe
    some sort of "run" on them?


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    OK, everybody hopefully enjoying all their Christmas lighting, but not saying a whole lot...

    People are tending to leave outdoor lights up longer, especially with low power consumption
    of LEDs plus we could use a bit of a boost with winter and COVID situation (back into a "lockdown"
    here). Also, Christmas lights are getting more use as patio lights year-round, typically white but have
    seen some multi-colour left up all year.

    A few years ago I picked up Tree Dazzler which is pretty impressive. I've seen them in-store as
    recently as last year, but not this year. Consists of 8 strings of 8 balls, each with RGB LED, designed
    to hang down from the top of a tree. In-line controller selects steady colours or flash/fade/change
    effects. Whole thing runs from 12v wall adapter. Does anyone have one, or have seen them this year?

    After-Christmas in-store deals on LED items where I've sometimes found up to 75% (or more) off have not
    happened this year due to apparent early runout of inventory before Christmas

    Dave

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    Default Re: Christmas lighting 2020

    I`m really glad to see the use of more Warm white LEDs this year, we have nearly 2000 lights on our tree all in warm white and it`s Sooooo much nicer than cool white ones.

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    I had to look up Tree Dazzler and I like this. I've always felt that LED Christmas lights, while very beautiful with their highly saturated colors, suffer from the problem of being a tiny point source of light. There's something about putting them in a translucent globe that adds a softness and warmth to the look.

    I haven't seen anything new in stores this year. I'm hoping to someday see an LED string with bright enough LEDs to push through a large diffusing lens (similar to the tree dazzler) that will be comparable in brightness to the old school C9 incandescent lights.

    There's one home in our area that has one of those animated, synchronized-to-FM-music Christmas displays that's visible from space.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhotonWrangler View Post
    I had to look up Tree Dazzler and I like this. I've always felt that LED Christmas lights, while very beautiful with their highly saturated colors, suffer from the problem of being a tiny point source of light. There's something about putting them in a translucent globe that adds a softness and warmth to the look.
    RGB LED in each ball is mounted on small PCB so visibility is largely hemispheric, except for
    some dispersion around the back through the plastic, but far from uniform. It's designed to hang down
    with LEDs facing outwards from tree. Mine right now is in a tangled ball on the floor...

    One RGB LED observed up close has multiple small LED dice per colour, making them
    less of a point source, more a "small-area" source, which helps optical mixing. Others appear
    to use single or dual dice per colour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katherine Alicia View Post
    I`m really glad to see the use of more Warm white LEDs this year, we have nearly 2000 lights on our tree all in warm white and it`s Sooooo much nicer than cool white ones.

    Must be a fair-size tree with so many LEDs! Some outdoors as high as 40-50 feet decked out
    in lights can be quite a sight. Wandering around at night viewing outdoor displays, some are
    quite spectacular; and good exercise (here with gyms closed for at least another 4 weeks).

    I don't use whites very much but agree at least inside the warmer look is more comfortable;
    cool white better outside in the snow (!)?

    Dave

    Totally off-topic: Victoria Hesketh also known as Little Boots has re-written lyrics to her song
    Remedy, to create "Corona Remedy" with many references to current situation...informal
    and amusing...on YouTube.

    (Well, maybe not completely OT. Little Boots uses a kind on compact synthesizer/rhythm generator
    called Tenori-on which has a matrix of LEDs on the back, which flashes some patterns during
    operation, and can display simple text but not very high resolution).
    Last edited by Dave_H; 12-28-2020 at 01:56 PM.

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