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Elias Perez
Elias Perez

Phillips Heavy Duty Mini Christmas Lights

The box that the tested Brite Star lights came in goes a little lower, giving a number of 600 lights for an 8-foot tree (or 75 per foot). And this lighting calculator from Christmas Light Source indicates that 250 to 400 mini lights will light an 8-foot tree.

phillips heavy duty mini christmas lights

The right Christmas lights can help set the festive mood. Find icicle lights, rope lights, mini lights and more in a host of lengths and festive colors all from leading brands like Celebrations, Holiday Bright Lights and more. Then, shop Ace for indoor Christmas decorations, outdoor holiday décor and Christmas wreathes to create a true winter wonderland!

In testing, we found the colors to be vibrant and reminiscent of traditional incandescent mini lights. They feature eight lighting modes that you can cycle through using a button on the plug (there's no remote), plus waterproof connectors to string together up to five sets. This makes them ideal for outdoor lighting displays.

Because their housing is essentially like traditional incandescent mini lights, there's the possibility of intermittent contact and lights flickering over time. Also keep in mind that these lights are steady-on, with no blinking mode.

You can typically connect 8 to 10 times more LED light strings together end to end while only using one plug outlet. Most traditional Christmas mini lights allow you to connect only 4 or 5 sets end to end, but with many LED mini light strings you can connect 40 to 50+ together depending on the light count. This makes decorating large Christmas displays far easier.

M5 Mini Lights & T5 Mini Lights- New technology, timeless design. An instant classic! M5 & T5 LEDs are your replacement for older style incandescent mini lights and work well when wrapped around greenery, porch columns, and indoor trees.

C6 Strawberry LED Lights- C6 LED mini lights are a decorator's dream! C6 light strings are popular for illuminating bushes and trees because of their unique strawberry shape. They are also used for indoor decorating and as party or wedding accent lighting.

Battery Operated LED Mini Lights- Illuminate anything, anywhere! Thanks to the minimal amount of energy used by LEDs, batteries last long than ever in this efficient and versatile lighting solution. Choose battery operated LED mini lights to brighten craft projects, Christmas wreaths and centerpiece decorations.

Cozy and Inviting: Warm White led lights illuminate indoor spaces with a soft glow that is most often associated with traditional mini lights. These cozy hued bulbs look great indoors and outdoors and can be used just about anywhere. Warm white bulbs are an excellent color complement to Christmas decorating that uses gold ornaments, ribbons and accents.

LED lightsets that are used outdoors are prone to water leakage and subsequent corrosion of the LED leads inside the sockets. Pull the LED's out of their respective sockets in the string. If the leads are rusty, the LED's will need to be replaced. Don't try to clean them if they are rusty. The sockets can be cleaned with a bit of WD-40 and a small screwdriver (please do this with the string unplugged). New LED's can be inserted into the holders. Pay attention to the orientation of the LED's in the sockets. There is usually an indicator on the LED holder that shows a "long" side and a "short" side. Place the new LED into the socket with the long wire on the long side, short wire on the short side. Bend the leads back slowly. They are steel and are not as flexible as brass or bronze leads that are common on the older mini-bulbs. Stop by the automotive dept. and buy a tube of dielectric grease. Squirt some of that grease into each socket before you place a new LED into the socket. That will prevent further corrosion. When you buy new LED strings pull each LED out and coat the contacts in each socket with the dielectric grease before you place the string into service. Replace the LED's back into the sockets, push the securing tab down and your new corrosion proofed lights should last a very long time time. Good luck!

Proffessional christmas light installers use LED retrofit bulbs where the LED itself is shaped kinda like an old school incandescent with the same "screw in" at the bottom. The individual LEDs are designed to easily screw into conventional light sockets. All the rediculous mumbo-jumbo components of LED lights are all isolated with-in the individual bulb. Any components fail, only the bulb (made of robust poly-carbonate material) goes out, all the others still work! Just change the bulb.

So, I am now searching for 5 replacement LED lights to see if multiple LED failures caused the problem. I know in regular incandescent christmas light sets, that if too many of the bulbs go out, then the entire set starts to fail quickly. Don't know if the same is true for LED sets.

Regarding lights with a broken wire, if you are handy with a soldering iron, they can be fixed. First thing to do is check the light to see if it is good. Remember, LED lights are polarized. So using a "light fixer" for the original mini lights, remove the bulb from the socket and touch the leads to the light tester. If it does not light, reverse the leads and try again. If it lights good. If not discard the light.


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