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A proper Traditional Tree Light
on 6 December 2013
I'm afraid that I do not like the light from the new LED strings.
There is something about the warm light from the old fashioned bulbs that is so much more 'Christmasy'. I know they use more power and the bulbs don't last as long but I still prefer them.
This is a 'proper' string of 50 clear incandescent lamps. I have been running this one now continuously for 3 days and all the bulbs are still working. They are bright but not overly so and barely warm to the touch (so no risk of a fire).
What I also like is that the string is a 'straight line' configuration which makes putting them on (and taking them off) the tree much simpler. At the same time, the wire is not too heavy which can be the case with some straight line strings.
If I had to find a fault, it would be that the spare bulbs cost around £4 for a pack of 5. I haven't needed any yet but I'm sure I will eventually. My solution to this was to buy another string to use as spares. At £9 that gives me 52 spare bulbs (you get two spare with each new string) which may even last longer than I do.
I'm guessing that soon all the Christmas lights will be LEDs so if, like me, you prefer the warm light of the incandescent bulbs then I recommend you buy a couple of these now while they are still available.
UPDATE - Jan 2014. Christmas is now over and the lights had been running continuously for the best part of a month (no we don't turn them off at night and yes I know we should). Not one bulb had blown and they were all still barely warm to the touch.
UPDATE - Jan 2015. One bulb has finally failed and I had to replace it using one of the two spares originally supplied with the string. At this rate, this string is going to last a long time. I have also bought a pack of 5 spare bulbs (search for part number KONSTSMIDE 2650-050) for £2.50 because I like this string so much.