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Christmas Lights on dimmers
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Post# 1054885   12/20/2019 at 01:41 by MattL (Flushing, MI)        

Thought I'd relate my experience.  I've had most of my Christmas lights on dimmers for years,  but last year took it a bit further.  I had my trees on X10 controllers that had dimming capability, but they were spotty at best.  Last year I pretty much eliminated X10 and went with Smartthings modules. Unfortunately they do not have built in dimmers, so I made up a cord with a simple electrical box and one of the half dozen or so dimmers I pulled out when I  updated to smart dimmers.


When I put my trees up I always replace any burned out bulbs, and this year I was amazed.  My dining room tree has just short of 500 miniature bulbs and I only had 12 burned out!  Usually it's 30 or so.   Same in the living room, about 400 bulbs on that tree and only 5 burned out bulbs.  You do sacrifice  some of the sparkle, I run them at about 90% brightness, but I do also same a bit of energy.  I think the big help is the "soft"turn on, the bulbs are not hit with full voltage initially.


My light strings are easily 35+ years old.  They are the hard to find 9-12" spacing between bulbs.  When I put them on the tree each light is set next to the branch and the wire is looped over the light holding it in place. Take a bit of time but for me well worth it.

Post# 1054895 , Reply# 1   12/20/2019 at 03:57 by RP2813 (Sannazay)        

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Before Dave and I bought our first house, we rented a place with an '80s kitchen redo, including dropped ceiling with florescent lighting.  We removed the diffuser panels to access the real ceiling and tacked up a couple of long strings of mini lights on a cord with an in-line dimmer that was hidden from view.   With the panels back in place you couldn't tell they were mini lights.   We had those on more of the time than the florescents, dimmed more often than not.

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