Christmas Lights Suck!

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  1. SamIchi macrumors 68030

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    Let's just say there was a strand that was not lit and after several attempts to replace the blown bulb, multiple trips to the store, and a spreained neck, Christmas lights suck. :mad:
     
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  3. Xander562 macrumors 68000

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    You think you've got it bad? Imagine what this guy went through.

    Linky!
     
  4. SamIchi thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I thought that video was edited. If one guy did do that. Props to him.
     
  5. xsedrinam macrumors 601

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    They're so pretty once you finally get them up. You may feel like a Griswald in the process, but we've all been there. Hopefully you test them on the ground before putting them up. :)
     
  6. SamIchi thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Yea they do look nice. We just bought new ones instead of tryin to find the crapped out bulb, or whatever it was. I tried replacin' the fuse also, but that didn't do anythin'. We got blue icicle lights now in stead of the white. They look ok. I think the white ones look better. Although my mom say she liked the blue better. They looked cooler on the box (but they always do :rolleyes: )
     
  7. Xander562 macrumors 68000

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    No it's real, it's a guy named Carson Williams here's another video that kinda proves it, I think.

    Linky
     
  8. OutThere macrumors 603

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    The whole Christmas light segment in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation makes me crack up laughing every single time. Hilarious because it's so true. My neighbor has left a strand of lights on one of the trees outside his house for the past like 5 years. (Granted he also has gotten complaints from the neighborhood because of the rusting crap he keeps in his back yard, but that's another story. ;) )
     
  9. xsedrinam macrumors 601

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    It's on TBS right now. I laugh every time I see the Christmas lights fiasco.
     
  10. YS2003 macrumors 68020

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    Are those extreme Xmas lighting cultures USA things? I am not sure if other Western countries are doing the same things.
     
  11. SamIchi thread starter macrumors 68030

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    And there's another thing that pisses me off. Do you guys know if there are extension cords for Christmas lights? I've been lookin' everywhere. All the outdoor extension cords I've found have a grounder, or have the small, big prong thing goin'. Which doesn't work for Christmas lights since they all have small prongs, male and female side. It doesn't make freakin sense. I gotta turn it on in 2 places which just pisses me off.
     
  12. monke macrumors 65816

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    There's a few people that are in on this. Thread Link

    There's a program that will do it for you. Hook the lights up, connect em to your computer, and choose when you want what lights to light up. Sure its a long process, but it pays off. :)
     
  13. Applespider macrumors G4

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    It happens in the UK too now. In the 'young couples/families' area where my sister lives, more than half the houses have 'icicles' at a minimum. And there are a few in the town where they go seriously OTT
     
  14. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    Who cares about Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer when you can see a Christmas tree go up in smoke and another crash through a window? :D
     
  15. balamw Moderator

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    :confused: the unpolarized plugs (small prongs guys) fit in any polarized (or "small, big prong thing"). So, I guess you're trying to go from one section to another with an extension cord? (i.e. trying to plug the cord into a string of lights...). It bothers me to no end when I find a string of lights that either won't accept a polarized (but ungrounded) plug or that just doesn't have a plug on the other end for hooking up the next string of lights. GRR.

    If turning the light on in two places bothers you, you really should consider keeping the lights on separate circuits and just invest $30 in a pair of timers, one for each of the branches of the lights, so you don't have to manually turn them on and off.

    My outdoor timer is my friend from October to January:p

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  16. SamIchi thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Yea that's what I meant, connecting 2 sets of lights. I think I just might buy a short strand of lights and take out the bulbs. That's the easiest solution I can think of. I already have one timer, I don't really want to buy another one, but I guess that's also an option. It just pisses me off that they can't make an extension cord that can connect 2 sets of lights.
     
  17. MongoTheGeek macrumors 68040

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    They do, they just haven't made them in 40 years...

    I think you can get unpolarized plugs at Lowes/Home Depot/et al as well as wire. Assembling your own cord is easy.
     

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