Choosing Christmas Lights

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Choosing Christmas Lights

I am in need of a recommendation on the type of light bulb/strand to purchase, as we are looking to purchase/install classic roof-edge Christmas lights on our house this weekend. In short, I'm looking for what type of lights (C9s? LEDs? Etc) are used in the first picture below.

Below is (1) an example of the general style of lighting I am looking for (very clean and simple; no icicle lights this year, even though they're easy), and (2) my makeshift diagram of my house and the areas I hope to clip lights (yellow lines). Ideally, we're looking for a warm glowing light bulb, bright enough to stand out. But we'd rather not have it be such an electricity burden to require more than approximately two electrical sockets and timers. I've read up on the C9/C7s, LEDs, etc. But I have yet to find a single source that clearly breaks down the options. Any straightforward lead would be much appreciated.

Here is the style I'm looking for...
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Here is my rough sketch of the house and desired lighting (yellow lines).
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Thank you in advance. These threads have been incredibly helpful in multiple projects since we purchased our house earlier this year.

Best, Jim
 
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Old 12-02-13, 08:14 AM
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I would choose LEDs. Here's one reference on the topic.
 
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Old 12-04-13, 10:31 AM
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I would use C9's. You get that classic look. If you're going to get LED's, use the retrofit bulbs, as they are brighter and more consistent.
 
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That's all good to know. I've found these at Target and think this is what y'all are recommending. I will go check them out this weekend. Philips 80ct Warm White LED Faceted C9 String Ch... : Target I'll post a photo once it's all up.
 
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Old 12-05-13, 09:43 PM
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Those are NOT what I would recommend. Those strings have a single LED which means they're going to be dim. They are also not sealed, and the water goes right in and destroys them.

Here is what I would recommend:
Warm White C9 | LED Replacement Bulbs | 25 Pack

These contain 5 LED's, are sealed internally, are parallel-wired, and use standard light strings. From past experiences, 15'' spacing works best.



I have no affiliation with the mentioned company other than being a satisfied customer.
 
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Old 12-05-13, 10:01 PM
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I would choose LEDs. Here's one reference on the topic.
Good article Nash
 
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Thanks, PJ.........................................
 
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