Rated 2.6 out of 5Â by 17
Rated 4 out of 5Â by MJ10 Good but could be much better
I've noticed a lot of people hating on these lights. I do agree, when one goes out....they all go out and they are very difficult to find which is the blown bulb. They can be replaced however, it just takes a little more time than regular bulbs. The key to LED's is when 1 bulb goes out, its usally just loose and will require a little wiggling of the cord which will normally be within the first few bulbs of where it stops lighting up. Once you find the bulb, you can do 1 of 2 things. 1) Replace the bulb or 2) Use a little electrical tape and tape it down. I have roughly 45 sets of these lights covering both my upper and lower roof and it looks GREAT! If you live in the South Elgin area, theres a good chance you've seen my house. It can be seen a half mile away......like a true Griswald! So, obviously lights will go out but I've been able to replace them without having any real issues. To find the bulb that is blown is somewhat easy but very time consuming. You really need to stare at the bulbs. All will be lit up a little bit except for one.....obviously thats your bulb. Sometimes you may need to look at the bulb on an angle and obviously the darker the room, the easier it will be to find. But again, you need to look carefully. I can't say this for all people, but I've had the same set of lights for a couple years now and when I store them away, I wrap them up like an extension cord over my elbow and I've maybe had to completely replace only 2 strands of lights. To me 2 out of 45 is pretty good, so YES I would recommend these to other people.
December 9, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5Â by patiolady When one bulb dies, the whole chain stops working!
I bought two strands of these lights for my patio. Here's the problem: one strand (the one plugged into the outlet) has stopped working. The second one works, so I know that electricity is going through the first one. But I've learned that if one bulb burns out on these lights, the whole strand goes out. But you don't know which bulb is out. And even if you're willing to try replacing each bulb to figure out which is the bad one, you can't, because taking a bulb out destroys the metal connectors so you can't put it back in. I'm not going to replace the strand every time a bulb burns out! This is a terrible design!
August 12, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5Â by Delburtd Not the greatest, but the right spacing for my needs
I have many thousands of light on my property every year. Most of the lights are the GE C-9's but they are 8" spacing which does not matter since they are in the trees. I have a custom picket fence that I weave lights on and that requires 12" spacing. The corsosion issue is very real. Like most of you I do not understand why these light strings are so vunerable to this issue. I do have a solution to this problem. First, 99% of the time the led failure is due to the leads coroding and breaking. To prevent this I pulled each lamp out of the socket when New!!! and used a liberal amount of silicone grease in each lamp holder to protect the leads from moisture. The strings I processed that way are still working fine. I don't have any of the original strings because they were the first one's out there and had a low light output and flickered some. I just purchased 3000 lights which have soldered and injection molded lights so water cannot get to the leads and destroy them. These strings from the Depot are fine for under the eves where moisture cannot get to them. Merry Christmas to all
October 29, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5Â by Gasman Very Poor Quality
My wife and I bought 8 strands of these to replace the clear C9's (Ecosmart I believe) we used the previous two years because our daughter wanted colored lights on the house. Of the 8 strands only 6 lit up, the other two were acting like extension cords and would let electricity through but wouldn't light up. I returned them to the store but they were out of additional stock. So I picked up another box from a different store, but the bases are different on this strand so the bulbs from the other boxes of lights wont fit. We tried to save some money and bought these because budgets are tight this year, but we should have spent the extra money and bought the higher quality lights. Don't buy!
December 2, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5Â by Mary NOT worth the money.
Last year after one season of use18 of 25 strings would not light up. They were working when I put them away. Took them back and got new strings. This year I just took out the new lights and 13 strings ( worked when I put them away) will not work. Why are they still selling these lights.
November 14, 2014