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  •  Several years ago, I picked up some LED (21+ / 0-)

    Christmas lights. They were surprisingly cheap, and very bright. I like them better than regular lights. They have a depth that regular lights do not.

    I was initially the first in my neighborhood to get them. Over the next couple years, pretty much everyone has them.  

    I don't really care for compact fluorescent, as they are just as nauseating to me as fluorescent tube lighting.  This will be a great addition, as my CF lights are starting to die off. And no, they don't last the 5+ years they claim. Most of mine burn out within a year.

    I'd like to start a new meme: "No means no" is a misnomer. It should be "Only 'Yes' means yes." Just because someone doesn't say "No" doesn't mean they've given consent. If she didn't say "Yes", there is no consent.

    by second gen on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 10:59:23 AM PDT

    •  Christmas lights (9+ / 0-)

      I've picked them up at after-holiday sales and keep a string of them plugged in 24/7 in the garage and outside shop. No fumbling for switches and I'm convinced burglars are spooked by how the lights "flash" when viewed through the cracks of the doors and windows.

      Tip: write the month/year on bulbs as you install them.

      ---------------------- Avaritia facit Bardus (greed makes you stupid)

      by Everbody on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 12:16:45 PM PDT

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    •  I don't like CFLs, either (3+ / 0-)

      Supposedly, there's no flicker to them, but I find there's a slight, subliminal one. And when they burn out, they have to be taken to the city recycling place where you turn in old paint and other hazardous waste.

      There is no question that there is an unseen world. The problem is, how far is it from Midtown and how late is it open? -- Woody Allen

      by Mnemosyne on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 03:37:37 PM PDT

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    •  I got some on clearance a while back (0+ / 0-)

      A couple of caveats: if you use colored lights go for orange as the fifth color (after red, blue, gold, green) instead of purple, because the cooler tones tend to overwhelm the warm colors.  The blue & purple were just stronger and  together created a very blue overall effect.  Also, if you get the kind with diffuser caps, make sure they're securely attached-- if one comes off, the LED beam will project a bright circle onto your wall.

      That said, I gave those away last fall & got some LED holiday lights from Ace Hardware that are almost indistinguishable from conventional lights, which is nice.  I wish more outdoor decorations came in LEDs, and I'm not a fan of the cool-white standard.  Right now I'm looking for affordable solar path lights with warm-white LEDs, and while they're out there, the vast majority are the cool blue/white.

      "Conservative principles" are marketing props used by the Conservative Movement to achieve political power, not actual beliefs. -Glenn Greenwald

      by latts on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 06:03:58 PM PDT

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