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Oh, by the way, I didn't do this last year. That's why I skipped 2020. But then, we all did, didn't we?
Isaac Alonzo
Isaac Alonzo 19 dias atrás
2020 didn't happen, it's a social construct.
Christopher Grove
Christopher Grove 20 dias atrás
🇨🇦/🇺🇸... Alex... Next year is "twenty-twenty-too"... so you'll have another go around! (which may scare the beejeebers out of us all!) Cheers!
Lee2709 27 dias atrás
@RPRsChannel Nope, they are lacquered/painted on the outside. Some Christmas bulbs used to be coated with coloured powder on the inside of the glass but not these days.
Bence Brown
Bence Brown Mês atrás
I know its a little late and you might not see this but you should do a video on Christmas lights and the "zombie bulb" look at Steve moulds explanination I noticed it on a cheap string of led bulbs. It's when a bulb gets power from inductance of the wire and it acts like a permanent battery. Weird science stuff but the bulb can only go out when removed from the socket but it the string is unplugged it remains on faintly.
Monte Corbit
Monte Corbit Mês atrás
Loved the "NEXT" shirt....great computers, too bad they got bought out by someone who destroyed them....
Jon Freilich
Jon Freilich Mês atrás
I fully expect next year's video to be about how you go to Shenzhen and find a manufacturer to build custom covers for LED lights.
Erbmon 9 horas atrás
I whould chip in 20 bucks for that to happen Technology Connection Shenzhen trip holy shit youtube diamon material.
Real McCoy
Real McCoy 22 dias atrás
Why TF does he have to go to China? 🙄
A_commenter Mês atrás
@Shiggydig Dugdigerrino Technology Connections speaks mandarin.
Othership Adventures
He doesn't even have to go there. A product that simple could be developed in just a few emails. I've done it myself with my own inventions.
S Tahboub
S Tahboub Mês atrás
The last couple of North Americans that were in the news for being in China might be a clue that going there is unwise.
bigclivedotcom Mês atrás
The early sets in the UK were typically olive or painted character lamps in strings of 12 20V lamps or 20 12V lamps. Then the little tubular sets appeared, but with decorative shades and sets of either 20 (12V) or 40 (6V). They never really got used outside much. They could be a bit dangerous. When I was a kid in the 60's our tree had a set of 20 olive lamps with metal foil stars held in by the lamps. It was only later that we discovered that the thin plastic insulating rims on the foil had mostly disappeared meaning our tree had a random selection of voltages on its stars.
Wilbur Jaywright
Wilbur Jaywright 4 dias atrás
@CAO Designworks @Yorkshire Rose umm, guys?
CAO Designworks
CAO Designworks Mês atrás
​@Yorkshire RoseI'm sorry it took you so long to come up with a way to tell me you sometimes don't get along with people. It happens. I do hope you have a great day though. Seething online because you came off as an ass to an honest reply takes a lot out of a person. Especially when you act offended that they ribbed you because of it. Good show.
Yorkshire Rose
Yorkshire Rose Mês atrás
@CAO Designworks My God, it took a long time to come up with that. You know, I prefer to get along with people, but sometimes to just come across an arsehole who doesn't know when to call it a day.
CAO Designworks
CAO Designworks Mês atrás
@Yorkshire Rose Sadly, you're too old to grow up anymore.
Yorkshire Rose
Yorkshire Rose Mês atrás
@CAO Designworks That's okay, you'll eventually grow up and grow out of it.
Dark Mês atrás
By the way, inductive mains testers are great for determining which bulb on a series string has blown: simply start from the live end and touch the outer casing of the wire between each bulb; if the mains tester does not light up, you've found a blown bulb; replace it and continue down the string.
Zeph Smith
Zeph Smith 12 dias atrás
@Jason Harrison Very interesting. Do you use dielectric grease? Have you talked with anybody else doing that. It sounds like a lot of work, so I'd love to hear more about the longevity before taking it on. Please consider letting them go another season, then pulling them and doing a comparison video.
Matthew J
Matthew J 25 dias atrás
@Jacksalssome I'm unfamiliar with yer sort of terminology.. On 3-wire LED (120V) sets I Divide And Conquer by making an appropriate "low resistance short" with piercing test leads. Short half of the circuit(string section) and continue halving the short. Single LED faults can be tracked down quickly. Multiple faults create more challenge.
Rodd 25 dias atrás
This is safer with a non-contact volt stick and much quicker.
Valery0p 5
Valery0p 5 Mês atrás
Scommetto che tra un po' uscirà un articolo tipo: "dopo il TikTocker più attivo, anche il commentatore su BRvid più attivo è un italiano" ;)
Jason Harrison
Jason Harrison Mês atrás
@Steves junk on my led set, I resorted to pulling every bulb and greasing the socket. so far two seasons and no outages
Caley Phillips
Caley Phillips Mês atrás
Ideas for next year: 1) Poke the lights through cardboard to make mass painting faster, you can even alternate rows to make the colors in batches 2) air brushing sounds great, but have you looked Into specialty spray paints? There are several translucent ones and I think they candied effect from duplicolors metalcast "anodized" effect would be great, it's even made to go into things like engines and let the metal shine through 3) maybe 3d print some caps! Resin printing is based on hieght, not total size, so you can print a whole printbed of clear resin caps with colors mixed into the resin for all sorts of effects (glow in the dark, sparkles, and more are available as resin additives)
midreams Mês atrás
My first thought stubbling on this was nail polish. I've also mimicked mercury glass by swirling silver nail polish in glass coke bottles, etc. It makes cool vases.
Mikko Rantalainen
Mikko Rantalainen Mês atrás
Cardboard for masking and tinted translucent car paint sounds like a pretty good solution. Anything meant for car painting is sure to be UV tolerant.
John DoDo Doe
John DoDo Doe Mês atrás
Instead of airbrush or spray, just dip the items into the paint.
LilyLopears & FloatzelGanda VODs
This should be higher up
Louis Poche'
Louis Poche' Mês atrás
I bought a cheap string from Lowe’s this year that are exactly what you want. White LEDs with coloured caps. Very nice and even when mixed with incandescent strings my wife can’t tell which ones are the LEDs. I wish I could include a photo in the comments. They are holiday living branded sold at Lowe’s here
Aldrinkun Mês atrás
TC: "This is no effort november!" Also TC: "I painted christmas lights by hand!"
Brandon Porter
Brandon Porter Mês atrás
@IONATVS that and that it’s likely a subject that will require minimal Editing for the video as well
IONATVS Mês atrás
My understanding is the “no effort” mostly refers to picking topics relating to things he already has/was going to get anyway and knows enough about that he can skip the research and scripting and just talk into the camera
Actionronnie Mês atrás
Painted in October, loaded video in November. So technically no effort 😂
AntiPseudo Mês atrás
His no effort greatly outshines my full effort
embyrr922 Mês atrás
But he did that for himself, not us.
Comrade Garrett
Comrade Garrett Mês atrás
Some things about LEDs, their colors, and why it's less expensive to use different colored LEDs with the same color caps: 1. White LEDs are generally the same price as or more expensive than blue LEDs. This is because white ones are actually just the blue ones with a layer of phosphor added to give it a fuller-spectrum glow. Additionally, blue is the most expensive color, because achieving the short wavelengths requires more expensive equipment in terms of the semiconductors involved. This basically means that a string of LEDs with mostly reds, greens, and yellows, plus some blue ones peppered in, is much less expensive than a string of all-white (read: all blue+phosphor) ones. 2. LEDs are probably off-the-shelf components for the Christmas light company. They do not make them in house because that requires a clean room and all sorts of very fancy machines. Your typical made-in-china string lights are probably assembled from parts that are mostly bought from industrial suppliers, and the price wouldn't change no matter how many different colors they buy. 3. the bulb caps, if they're those classic teardrop Christmas light shapes, are probably *not* off-the-shelf parts. These are not something that would be useful to any other industry or product, so it makes much less sense to outsource them except to save on skilled labor costs (which is not a thing Chinese factories usually do since they have some of the cheapest labor in the world). The implication of those being made in house is that it *would* significantly impact production overhead to make multiple colors - that's most likely a dedicated line for each color since switching between colors on an injection molder wastes a bunch of plastic. It's much lest costly to produce only one color - clear.
Magmafrost13 Mês atrás
I think the suggestion is that the extra cost in sourcing a bunch of different products instead of just one, and the more complicated assembly involved when there's a bunch of different coloured LEDs insead of only one type, might outweigh the different colours individually being cheaper. Of course if that were true then presumably christmas lights manufacturers would already be doing that and we wouldnt be having this conversation
fordfreak2007 Mês atrás
Have you looked at the caps on color LED light sets. They are already made in various colors. A lot of them also have the same color LED under the cap.
MrDuncl Mês atrás
@djlemma White LEDs are stupidly cheap now. In the hall I have a set of 27 that came wired with a battery holder and a set of small pegs for holding greeting cards all for £1. I was so impressed I bought several sets.
djlemma Mês atrás
I will add- tons of work has gone into making blue LED's cheaper and brighter and more efficient. I don't think any of the other colors of LED have gotten as much love, because the blue LED's are the only ones needed to make the "white" LED's. It's no surprise to me that the blue LED's on a string seem so much brighter than the other colors- manufacturers aren't making special dim blue LED's just to match the brightness of other colored LED's. They have a process to make blue LED's that are bright and efficient, and whichever ones don't make the cut (binning) for higher end products get sold on the cheap to make things like Christmas light strands.
rex Previously
rex Previously Mês atrás
I've photographed a lot of concerts and scene shows, and when LED lights started happening, it's been absolutely terrible getting proper colors. I've wanted them to use white LED with gels on them instead of colored LEDs.
Gregory Norris
Gregory Norris 20 dias atrás
I think infrared with Phosphor coating produces about the best results, a warm white light. Not sure if a visible red with Phosphor would be better but I know if the underlying color wavelengths get too short (more green/yellow) then the resulting white light feels colder. There's no such thing as a truly white LED since white is a mix of different wavelengths and LEDs can only produce single wavelengths, a phosphor coating is almost always used. Phosphor is also used for incandescent bulbs to make them brighter and more efficient since it converts most infrared and heat to 'white' light.
raydunakin 16 dias atrás
I love colors of LED Christmas lights just the way they are. I love that the colors are intense. I don't understand at all your dislike for blue and purple. However, I do admire your obsession with trying to make lights that suit your personal aesthetic.
Stephen Malone
Stephen Malone 5 dias atrás
The problem, at least for me, is that the colors are not equally chromatic/intense, and so the blue tends to look garish next to the others, taking too much attention away from the scene as a whole.
Grace & Truth
Grace & Truth Mês atrás
13:21 Yes!!! Changing the color combinations is a great idea 🙂 Then we could use red, pink, and whites for Valentine’s Day; spring pastels for Easter; light and dark greens for St Patrick’s day; and red, white and blue for Fourth of July. And just any combo at any time we like to suit our fancy would be a great thing to be able to do!
Isobella Brett
Isobella Brett Mês atrás
back in the days when we had light bulb drip paint we used to do that. sadly those paints stopped over 30 ys ago when coloured light bulbs became cheaper. My family used to dye light bulbs for Christmas and for outdoors in summer
Odima16 Mês atrás
I didn't realize how much I want spring pastel lights until now. That sounds lovely
A P Mês atrás
maybe you could even have clear ones with feathers for fairylights
TimeBucks Mês atrás
your captions are of such quality and the timing is so spot on
Sreenikethan I
Sreenikethan I Mês atrás
Probably he just generated captions from the script itself? Maybe not entirely but it could be something to speed up the captioning process…
Wawonas Mês atrás
I’m deaf and I agree! His captioning quality is impressive!
Dan Keller
Dan Keller Mês atrás
Oh my gosh. He even got the Warrrlllmart in there.
Joseph Ball
Joseph Ball Mês atrás
Good indeed. Only one mistake I saw @14:06 he missed a single "t".
f.k. b.
f.k. b. Mês atrás
The captions usually include a funny which always make me smile!
Ignat Solovey
Ignat Solovey Mês atrás
I remember painting incandescent lightbulbs on New Year lights 30 years ago - and it was in Moscow where I live all my life. That was to substitute the color of broken caps (that came in all kinds of regular colors, of course). The thing is that nail polish other than red, pink, tan, and white (all those in various shades, and with or without luster sparks) was hard to come by then here (unlike now; then it was a matter of fashion, and for a 10-year old me electric blue, bright green, yellow or black nails were rather hard to imagine) . So it's sort of weird that the late Soviet/Russian “make do” approach appears as the best solution for a Mid-Western American well into the 21st century. Actually, nail polish had surprisingly many uses in the 1980s and 1990s anywhere where you needed small amounts of fast-drying and durable paint.
Halefall Mês atrás
I'm amazed by how far you're digging into this subject, and bringing us all with you on that journey ! I wonder if window colors would work, the kind that are usually for creating rubbery and repositionable window art.
twister5voy Mês atrás
I've been waiting YEARS for a decently colored LED C9 set! Can't wait to check em out and see how they stack up. Thanks for the heads up!
Pedro Muniz
Pedro Muniz Mês atrás
this year at Home Depot (Canada) they started selling LED mini Christmas lights with a case that is glass, rather than plastic. The box said it delivers a more classic look than the current plastic versions. The string they had connected to power to showcase it did look much better than its plastic peers so I think we might be very close to better looking LED Christmas lights!
Hannah Hendrickson
Hannah Hendrickson Mês atrás
I had a thought when you mentioned fabric dye. You could try using hair dye. Every time I add more purple or green to my hair I have to bleach my shower multiple times because it stains so effectively. Manic Panic is pretty common, but there are a bunch of other brands (I personally use good dye young for my hair, but that's a bit expensive for experimenting). Also yeah, green nail polish seems to be super uncommon, with very little variety. It's either neon, or almost black
Matthew J
Matthew J 25 dias atrás
I a dude with dark hair. Thanks for the remarks. I want to try some of this dyeness to darken the plastic gutter clips I like which are white.
Isobella Brett
Isobella Brett Mês atrás
I bought a REALLY expensive Revlon pot in emerald and I searched for months for that. So totally agree
Inguz Mês atrás
I can't remember outdoor christmas lights being much of a "thing" here in Sweden until LED bulbs were introduced on a commercial scale. They existed, sure, but incandescent bulbs with serial wiring wasn't really something that people wanted to bother with at large either, unless strictly for the christmas tree, of course. Additionally many of the things associated with Christmas over in 120 land have historically been (and still is to a large extent) considered tacky. Really. When colored LED lights became available it was often seen as super duper tacky, and condescendinly people said that it looked like something you'd see in tourist areas in Thailand. Things looking plastic, having an unnatural palette, or being flagrantly over-the-top flashy (like your Christmas light lawns you see in pictures and movies, oh, my, god, like you'd be up for execution for breaking decency in Sweden) have always been looked down upon like it's cheap, fake, and not genuine enough. In general we prefer Christmas decoration in more natural-looking materials, ceramic, stone, lichen, wood, paper, and so on with colors that somewhat match them in what we consider to have more earthy tones (bright red that's almost pink on a santa that looks like cheap plastic? Don't be caught in public with that one!) Sadly people have started adopting the LED lights that you hate, and I do too. I also hate the blue ones in particular as they give me a very strong bleeding effect when it's dark and looks eye-piercingly bright. I hope that you are the cataclyst to reverse this horrendous trend even over here! (Though, plain white LEDs are much, much more common and something that people more often feel that they can decorate with much more liberally, like completely covering a tree or bush with them as they aren't at all offensive to the average Swede's aesthetic sensibilities.) To my dismay, I dislike the continued effect of the overly commercialization of Christmas on decorative items in Sweden. Yes, I'm clinging to nostalgic ideas of what Christmas is supposed to "look" and "feel" like, and plastic junk imported from overseas (like how plastic balls in the Christmas trees didn't really catch on until they look deceptively similar to glass) just feels over-the-top commercialized. I grew up in the 90's, I have no illusion that it wasn't already hyper commercial even back then, but I'd like to keep being somewhat ignorant of that fact and keep part of the illusion up with only seeing decorative items that could have been passed down from my grandparents.
Unko Girl
Unko Girl Mês atrás
Great idea! I had a set of lights with coloured LEDs that was hard to look at. Now I'm painting the clear tops with white nail polish and it dulls the garish colour down to a much softer light that doesn't hurt the eyes.
Shaun Jonathan Swanepoel
So, for a different project, I made a chain of "NeoLED" "NeoPixels" and then used a Rpi to control them. Now I have strings of RGB LEDs that I can set to any colour I want, and even animate them to do whatever. It's kinda cool!
James Ferguson
James Ferguson Mês atrás
Sorry - didn't mean 'overkill' to sound like criticism. The ESP boards + open source WLED project give you phone app control, many dynamic effects, plus other features without having to code it yourself (though being open source you can easily modify it yourself if you're inclined and able).
Shaun Jonathan Swanepoel
@James Ferguson it is probably overkill yeah, recently swapped from rpi to rpi pico for it. think i paid like $4 for the rpi pico. Also the neopixels I am using are large single neopixels that can be daisychained, a little more costly, but still at like, $30 for 100 is not bad since they can even be mounted into 20mm holes and fastened and stuff. I like big lights.
James Ferguson
James Ferguson Mês atrás
They're very cool if you can solder simple wires and follow some instructions. But a Raspberry Pi is way more than needed. Check out the WLED project for firmware for $5 ESP8266/ESP32 boards to give full control, phone app, many effects or static displays or solid colors of any color palette. With one of those plus $16 I got 2 strings of 100 fairy lights from you know where, wired to USB power, and on full blast they put out a lot of light (~2.4A, 5V -> 12W), so they're often on 1/2 or 1/4 power. WAF is _very_ high.
Favorite part of those incandescent C9s was when they'd be on bushes, the snow would cover them, but then their heat would melt the snow on top of them so you'd have colored holes in the snow and the bushes would look like funfetti cakes.
Tina Mcivor
Tina Mcivor Mês atrás
Exactly! It's the nostalgia they invoke. Been keeping old sets alive for years now! I also do not understand the lack of tech devoted to rectifying these issues seeing as the dollars spent each year by western consumers would seem to support the effort. As someone who also wants to balance my ideas of beauty at Christmas with less hydro use and ease of use, I am looking forward to any advances in this technology in general. I am also painting all my white led light covers as I watch these videos. This gentleman speaks my Christmas light language!!
Wawonas Mês atrás
I remember the C7 and C9 bulbs melted the silver icing glitter for Xmas trees that stuck to it.
Charles Mês atrás
@Red Squirrel Spotted the Canadian
jpdemer5 Mês atrás
@Red Squirrel That's where the LED versions are winners: they last for decades, and use a small fraction of the electricity.
Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
Of course, you'll always find the one guy who loves the things.
John S
John S Mês atrás
I feel like colored translucent shrink wrap would do a great job for adding a colored cover on these lights. Should be able to apply with a heat gun with the lights still on the strand.
AwesomeMcAwesome Mês atrás
Try using clear Elmer's glue mixed with food coloring. You can adjust the amount of food coloring to create any color you want. You can also use the white glue if you want more of a frosted look.
jpdemer5 Mês atrás
@SynthGal I think the idea is that the UV coating will also protect against rain. That's a dicey proposition with a sprayed-on coating, but it ought to work if you apply it via dipping.
SynthGal Mês atrás
@AwesomeMcAwesome it's not the UV that's the problem it's the water solubility + rain that is
AwesomeMcAwesome Mês atrás
@Elias Ross He already has a uv clear coat spray to put on the outdoor ones.
Elias Ross
Elias Ross Mês atrás
Elmers is water soluble so I wouldn’t be using those outdoors.
Aaron Reichert
Aaron Reichert Mês atrás
I love the colors of LED lights, and I love the brightness, I love everything about them except the flickering. So much worse when you drive by in a car also.
Graphene 314
Graphene 314 Mês atrás
There ARE xmas LED light strings with in-line FULL BRIDGE RECTIFIERS and are much more tolerable. Not the cheap kind that has a ~29V DC output, these things carry mains to the end so you can chain ~30 strands of 100 LEDs together at 2 rectifiers and 50 LEDs per strand in parallel. The search term for these is "full wave".
Fernando Irimia
Fernando Irimia Mês atrás
In Spain we have a thing called "laca para bombillas" (light bulb lacquer), and, as it's name says, it's a paint made specifically for painting light bulbs and works great.
Mikey Mês atrás
I assume that's for glass and not plastic though
Jamie Stotz
Jamie Stotz Mês atrás
I remember something called lamp dip which was sold at theatre supply stores.
Michael Lohner
Michael Lohner Mês atrás
In Germany there are two sorts of bulb lacquer availible. One is opaque and like water, that kind does not stick to plastic or LEDs very well, but was popular if one wanted to obscure the filament. The other is full of smelly solvents and dries instantly, it is much more transparent and one can dip LED into it. It is often sold in small bottles next to mirrorballs and fogmachines.
Donald Sayers
Donald Sayers Mês atrás
A quick google for "light bulb lacquer" reveals that it is still readily available.
LabRat Knatz
LabRat Knatz Mês atrás
There are very specific (light filtering) coating fluids you can get that are intended for adding to glasses and lighting lenses. I can recall a video where someone dyed their Polycarbonate lenses with the stuff. Edit: Aikka makes a product called Color Lens and Rust-Oleum seems to make some spray-on headlight coatings too. I think the vid I saw years ago was using some 3M product, but I've noticed it's kinda hard to find Domestic Industrial chemicals and coatings the last several years. (Unless you specifically look up the product code)
Gordon Freeman
Gordon Freeman Mês atrás
i don't really notice a difference in these but i've done my own christmas light experimentation, i got some really cheap battery powered lights, used a bunch of breadboard wires and a transistor hook them up to a raspberry pi to PWM them and produce a nice effect, if i remember you talking about the twinkling lights, well i made a little pyhton script that essentially emulated that just using pseudo random numbers of course. it worked pretty well but since then i've lost the code. if i ever find the code ill post a video below in an edit.
Whirled Peaz
Whirled Peaz Mês atrás
I used a sting of red LED in my bedroom to replicate the lights out effect aboard US Navy Ships. I found this to be something I had grown so accustomed to, that now 30 years after my service, the red lights are a comfort. To explain, at night aboard US Navy ships the white berthing compartment lights are turned off, but a separate set of red lights come on. In 1980s they were just fluorescent tubes in a red sleeve. Otherwise it would be pitch black due to a lack of port holes. Too dangerous for the late night watch standers to get around. The red light preserves our night vision and minimizes the stress of moving into a working compartment or passage way that is white lit 24/7.
Tim van der Horst
Tim van der Horst Mês atrás
Coloured (star-shaped) caps was how my childhood xmas lights worked, so it's definitely been done before. Yes, I have no idea why they decided baking the colours into the bulbs was a better option.
Jakelovesphoto -Jake Fleming-
I saw these recently! I was thrilled. I’m not objectively against saving electricity, but I despise ugly lighting, and use C9s. These are enough to probably make an LED convert of me, unless they’re like $100
moshibass Mês atrás
3:57 I love you for saying this. WOW. Besides that, I've kind of felt alone on the opinion that incandescent Christmas bulbs are way better than the current LED ones. Thank you so much.
Random Bitzzz
Random Bitzzz Mês atrás
I love my C9s. I used the traditional incandescent version for years, justifying the energy usage being limited to a few hours for one month in the year. I "upgraded" to the LED versions of these a few years ago and think they look great. They're white LEDs with colored C9 shaped globes over them. One of the best features of them (compared to incandescent C9s) is that I can string more than 2 strands end to end without popping something.
Random Bitzzz
Random Bitzzz Mês atrás
​@Samuel Holder Long story.. TLDR = I bought the Sylvania 50CT Stay-Lit C9 Lights. If you want to know the rest of the details, keep reading :-) I ended up getting the Walmart store brand in the "Holiday Time" packaging. I got my first few sets on clearance after Christmas one year, and liked them so much that I bought more (same style, different brand) and replaced my 20+ year old C9s. When I went nuts and replaced my C9s I bought them at Costco. They are the Sylvania 50CT Stay-Lit C9 Lights. I ended up using the Walmart ones in a different areas (like around windows) because they weren't a perfect match to the Sylvania, but you wouldn't notice unless you had them plugged into the same run. They all use so little electricity that I can run everything off one outlet with a single timer... and they match the look of the old ceramic incandescent C9s pretty well.
Samuel Holder
Samuel Holder Mês atrás
What brand did you purchase? I’ve got over 1500 watts of light on my roof. I need to go LED.
Ted Kritzler
Ted Kritzler Mês atrás
A few years ago, my wife and I bought a pre-lit tree. I argued against it, because it was all white, and I prefer colored bulbs. Because it was a deal, we got it. I then bought a bunch of colored light sets and swapped out the white bulbs for colored ones ( one at a time, it took days). It worked for exactly one Christmas. Every year after that, another section or two would refuse to light, and so we had to add supplemental strings of lights to the ones that still worked. I finally ended up snipping all of the little plastic bands that held the original light set on the tree and tossing all of those in the trash. The tree also shed little fake pine needles that we would still find all over the house in July....We finally replaced that tired tree with one that has LED lights that you can choose to be white or colored, or fade back and forth, etc. There were two sizes, and my wife was convinced that the small one looked too small, I tried to convince her that it just looked small because it's inside a Costco, but she wasn't having it. We now have the artificial version of the tree from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. BTW, where in the hell near Chicago are the Griswolds driving to get that Christmas tree, because it looks like the foothills of the Rockies to me.
Phil Campagna
Phil Campagna Mês atrás
Back in the day, I had some success (re-)colouring incandescent lights with glass dye (used for DIY stained glass) from a crafts shop, which I was advised was what the manufacturers used. Worked well. I did notice later versions were less toxic but also less effective.
A KB Mês atrás
God I can listen to this guy all day! it's satisfying , relaxing, yet mentally stimulating, satisfies my curiosity.. curiosity about things I didn't know I was curious about yet... I love this channel!
Hello Kitty Fan Man
Well, thanks for another great video, Alec... even if hand-coloring little lights does seem a little... obsessive! ;-D But at least the experimentation of it does show us something interesting about how different types of coloring can work and what they do. I LOVE the purple lights, though. Nice choice of music for the ending!
Stratagem Mês atrás
For exteriror use the old C9 bulbs are my favorite. getting harder and harder to find replacements even in LED varients which also suffer from the same color problems.
Curious Mês atrás
Always grateful for these videos that validate my hate of led Christmas lights and even more grateful for the link to that Michigan company! Next year I hope to be free of the incandescent C9 energy expenses.
arjovenzia Mês atrás
Nail Polish is a super useful tool in my toolbox. super useful for marking, red and black for + -, a bunch of other colours for data, signals, separate channels etc. I also have a particular colour I use on all my tools, so its really easy to see if someone else in the workshop has nicked mine. also good for threadlocker, easier to get off, and you cant get glittery locktite. I quite like making my nuts sparkle.
Paul Wetor
Paul Wetor Mês atrás
When I was a kid, my home town had a curved row of red and green bulbs on each street light downtown. That simple look meant Christmas to me. And still does.
kiaranah Mês atrás
Have you tried glass paints? I don’t know exactly what those transparent paints are tbh so it might have the same result, but I work with Pebeo Vitria 160 glass paints making lampshades out of glass bowls, and I feel like they might do the job really well! And the emerald green is #confirmed gorgeous and not appley. One layer of paprika shade would also do a really good yellow tint but I think they may have discontinued that shade 🧐 ANYWAY hopefully by this time next year someone in manufacturing will have finally seen the light 😌 but if you find yourself doing this experiment again next year, try the glass paints!
Beau Neis
Beau Neis Mês atrás
My grandfather used to photograph firearms for magazine ads and auction houses. One of the things he always had in his camera bag was a small baggie which contained red, white, black, and orange nail polish. He said that he used them to make the engravings and rollmarks on the metal stand out more or to touch up places where the finish had worn off from constant handling. Another thing he told me is that many photographers in other sectors swore by nail polish for similar purposes; and that on top of that people in the model kit world were nuts for the stuff as well. It makes me wonder just what percentage of nail polish sales is actually for the purpose of painting fingernails.
Biggles Mês atrás
Alec: "No Effort November" Also Alec: "So anyway I hand painted my Christmas lights"
rjc0234 26 dias atrás
Other than how "sharp" the light from LED christmas lights is, the main thing I hate is that (at least in the UK) they seem obsessed with adding as many different flashing patterns to them for who knows why AND when they come on, they default to "give your neighbours epilepsy mode". So if you are like me, and work until late and like to have your lights on a timer, it means you get home to your lights being like a rave, and an ambulance at 2 houses around you treating people for seizures.
Ted Kritikos
Ted Kritikos Mês atrás
Every year I bust out my trusty old Variac for the vintage (incandescent) C7 sets on my tree. The bulbs last way longer, and are the perfect intensity at around 50 VAC. Plus, they put off way less heat, obviously. As a purely decorative light, I vote for the light that I find most beautiful. Also, I love how the older lights get little imperfections where the white light shines through cracks in the color.
keithws Mês atrás
Yes. Yes to everything you said in that video. The color caps are a great idea! I like to make sets of one color mixed with white. Tedious, but I like the result. One year, I discovered the worst type of LED Christmas lights; the ones with NON-REPLACEABLE bulbs!
Matthew Zigmond
Matthew Zigmond Mês atrás
This was an awesome early Christmas gift! I was hoping we would see another video on Christmas lights this year
Pedro_ Mês atrás
In Brazil I used to buy something we used to call "verniz vitral", it's a clear varnish used to make fake stained glass, it's quite durable, and for this application all you need to do is dip the LEDs into the varnish and let it dry, apply multiple coats if necessary, it's quite easy to use and very durable.
Philip Niedermann
Philip Niedermann Mês atrás
Paper glue (like Elmers) and Pebeo Vitrail Glass Paint, just dip it. multiple times if necessary ... I made a large light fixture like that. It has been holding up since a few years now.
Eddie Willers
Eddie Willers Mês atrás
Sounds like the stuff known in the UK as 'French Enamel Varnish'.
big b0ss
big b0ss Mês atrás
@SingerOfSongs It tints glass way better than nail polish. My mom uses this all the time, and I also must inform that the quality of the "vitric varnish" interferes quite a lot.
SingerOfSongs Mês atrás
I would guess that the varnish is actually quite similar chemically to nail polish. This is a great suggestion!
Robocat899 Mês atrás
Waylon Nicholson
Waylon Nicholson Mês atrás
I bought a strand of LED mini lights this year off Amazon. Each ‘bulb’ has a white mode and a color mode. You can power both the white and color modes on at the same time and when you do so you get a much warmer color, much more like the incandescent mini bulbs.
jp040759 Mês atrás
I have and display several original sets of C9 Christmas lights my Dad used to put up in the late 1950s. The wiring is still good. The sockets needed a little TLC occasionally but the insulation has not dried and crumbled. That is amazing. They are still my favorite Christmas lights next to the C7s. They are worth the small expense of added electric usage.
atlys Mês atrás
You have no idea how excited I was to see this tonight, l even went back to watch all the previous Christmas light videos. Glad you tested nail polish and that it produced good results! I wonder if a uv resistant clear nail polish could be colored w/high end gel food coloring as I imagine it could produce nice color depth w/o the opacity, but I did quite enjoy the frosted effect produced by the nail polish testing. 👍
Mr.Riojas Mês atrás
Thank you! Been bothered by the colors on LED Christmas lights since they came out but never thought about coloring the bulbs themselves! lol Great stuff.
VWestlife Mês atrás
Tru-Tone LED holiday lights are the first I've seen that really do match the appearance of incandescent bulbs, but they're only available as C7 and C9 bulbs (no "fairy" lights), are pricey ($34.95 for a set of 25), and don't include the light string (although they do sell "vintage-style" strings as well). If that's too much for you, painting your own is the NeXT best thing.
Chris Hettinger
Chris Hettinger Mês atrás
@James Halliday they draw so little, you can easily run them on a 240v to 120v transformer
HenryBloggit Mês atrás
You have to buy the string separately? Lol no thanks.
Steves junk
Steves junk Mês atrás
that's actually not that expensive all things considered
Pope Facto
Pope Facto Mês atrás
@Patrick Cooper The old strings last basically forever if they're handled carefully. What sucked about them was the hot and short-lived incandescent bulbs and high current draw when you put more than a few strings together. LED bulbs solve that. New strings will be designed to a price point (flimsy as fuck) and there's no logical reason to buy them if your old strings are still good.
Storm WarningMom
Storm WarningMom Mês atrás
I see what you did there. 😏 😂
EDHblvd Mês atrás
You know I really appreciate these Christmas light videos. I remember last year you had that bubble light video. Very interesting. I also am always searching for color Led Christmas lights that have bright warm colors of the incandescent bulbs of my youth in the 80’s.
Matthew Miller
Matthew Miller Mês atrás
I have all the same complaints as you... really appreciate the work you put into this! I have found many stores did Christmas clearance around Thanksgiving so low hopes on finding stuff at this point
Neonsilver13 Mês atrás
@Technology Connections You probably can get suitable covers to slip onto white lights with a 3d printer. With an SLA printer you could create small and relatively thin covers in a variety of colours. If the resin you can buy doesn't have the colour you want, you should be able to dye white or transparent resins. An FDM printer probably would work as well, but I'm not sure about the available colours and how thin they can make the covers.
Autotrope Mês atrás
I like your videos on this. But for what it's worth, since I discovered warm white LEDs I just kind of like them on their own, no colours. This year I got three packs of them for decorating outdoors. I also have an old set from previous years with multiple colours, and the blue ones have mercifully all stopped working (so have some of the other colours, too). So there's that, too.
solanaswasright Mês atrás
I really appreciate your obsession over finding the right Christmas Lights. In my country it's impossible to find any lights that DON'T have music automatically playing as soon as you plug them, and my family thinks I'm weird for opening them to remove the little sound thing every time.
mgelliott86 Mês atrás
What kind of monster would come up with that?
Axel Prino
Axel Prino Mês atrás
Are those still a thing? I haven't bought Christmas lights on almost two decades but I remember that you could at least turn off the music.
Tams80 Mês atrás
What insane place do you live in?
Mike Mês atrás
I didn't know Hell became a country.
Christian Elzey
Christian Elzey Mês atrás
That's a thing? WHY?
Guilherme Ferreira
Guilherme Ferreira Mês atrás
Hmm... what about 3D printing caps to put on top of the clear caps? I know it's an overkill but I guess it may work if the plastic is thin enough (or tinted transparent like an orange tictac box, though I never seen this kind of plastic used in 3d printing)
Corey Finch
Corey Finch Mês atrás
1 - Thanks! 2 - Question: We just gave up trying to keep our white incandescent mini lights going and gave in to LEDs. We bought the GE "warm white" sets that are exclusive to Lowes and well reviewed. They're.... eh.... OK, but they're still kinda harsh to look at. Looking at the tree just doesn't have the same magic that it had with the incandescents. In your time with various nail polish colors / types, did you happen across a shade that would work well to tone down a white LED to look more like incandescent white? Maybe something that's mostly clear but just has a touch of yellow / gold tint? Any thoughts would be much appreciated. Thanks!
J J Mês atrás
Thank you so much for also liking the older style bulbs. So much more inviting than led
Alexander Pas
Alexander Pas Mês atrás
Haha when the video started I thought about Tru Tone. Love them. I am from The Netherlands and indeed we don't have c7 or c9. We mostly use the smaller lights. There are bigger ones, but they are mostly indoors 230 or 12/24 outdoors. I love your series about Christmas light. I have a search going on myself for years. All led lights in my house look like incandescent lights. You can hardly tell the difference. But not with Christmas lights! There is always something not right. It was a nightmare to find ones that have the same look and feel like the old ones. Mostly they are too salmon or yellow or blue. When I found strands that looked close enough, the light direction was terrible. Those lights were more mini projectors, shining 90% of the light forwards, creating dark areas in my Christmas tree. Last year I finally found lights that shine perfectly in the identical warm white as my incandescent ones. But then the biggest disadvantage: the incredible low CRI. When I tested them I was amazed. This year I have 8 different shades of green ornaments in my tree. The tree itself has branches in two tones of green. With my old lights, they sparkle and all the different green tones are creating a perfect magical harmony in the tree. And with the almost perfect new led lights? All greens look like one same brownish strange colour. I decorate my tree 3D, so I have ornaments and lights on the tips, but also completely down to the centre of the tree. With the led lighting on, the tree looks 2d & flat. The whole room looks flat. Hate it. So the new leds are perfect for outdoors or areas where the colour reproduction isn't that important, for instance in well-lit areas. But for someone like me, who likes to watch a movie or just relax in a room only lit by the tree, wreaths and candles... well, I am going to use the incandescent ones again this year, which by the way are no where to be bought here any more. It's led only nowadays. Lucky I have a lighting company with a few 100 strands left that will last me for my lifetime. Too bad the old lights are 0,5 watt per light and the new leds I have are 3,6 Watt for 768 lights... But I also think: it's only for a month and a few hours per evening. I don't want to take away my Christmas joy and beautiful sparkling colours of all my ornaments (some are 70+ years old!) by using low CRI leds. So my wish for next year is a company that will create white leds with a CRI of at least 90 or 95%. Man can dream.
ZGryphon Mês atrás
When I was a kid in the late '70s, my parents still had one string, ancient even then, of C9s that were painted instead of made from tinted glass. They got _even hotter_ than the tinted-glass kind. Like, lose-your-fingerprints hot. That was also back in the days when Christmas lights were wired in series, so when one bulb burned out, they all went out, making finding the dead one an incredibly tiresome process. Luckily, I had a nightlight that used the same size bulb, which my father would commandeer as a bulb tester. Ah, nostalgia. In retrospect, it's really kind of amazing how terrible those old light sets were. Between that and pre-polarization appliance plugs, it's a wonder anyone survived the 1960s.
Salmagundiii Mês atrás
My grandma's tree had the painted bulbs. They were terrifying. I'm surprised the tree didn't burn down by New Years, each year.
MonkeyJedi99 Mês atrás
@OrigamiMarie You've hit the nail on the head. We were changing lights in a ceiling fixture one time (from incandescent to LED), and the white globe over the bulbs was dirty. So we washed it with hot water and soap, rinsed it hot, and dried it. When we set the globe on a table to wait for it to be re-installed, it touched a cool glass of water and just exploded. Turns out the thing was very old, was not well tempered to begin with, and had had over fifty hears of heat and cool cycles further setting up internal stresses in the very thin glass. - So, now it is bare bulbs.
ZGryphon Mês atrás
@MonkeyJedi99 That is genius.
Apple Gal
Apple Gal Mês atrás
@Mark Haury right on, thanks for the tip
Mark Haury
Mark Haury Mês atrás
@Apple Gal It was actually better to use the nightlight itself to check the colored bulbs. If more than one was burned out you might never find out which ones if you were just swapping the same known good bulb into each successive socket and putting the old bulb back in if the string didn't light. They also made battery-powered bulb testers, which was by far the most effective solution.
Mark Ingle
Mark Ingle Mês atrás
Here in the UK I used to have a Pifco Outdoor Decoration set with what you might describe as C9 incandescent bulbs. I think they were from the 1970s but we used them for a couple of years, and amazingly none of the bulbs failed which was a blessing as I wondered whether replacement bulbs could still be sought. Last year I threw them away as I thought in this day and age it was too wasteful to use incandescent; I see they are now sold as 'vintage' on eBay.
Sousy M
Sousy M Mês atrás
Im from a 240-land (Australia), and from memory most exterior light sets had built in power adapters so the voltage of the actual products was probably the same (we also didn’t have many sets that could be strung together or interconnected, each set had its own adaptor and plug, with the odd exception). That said, no idea these days, I haven’t bought mains power lights since the early 2000s, just smaller solar sets (no need for extension cords, powerboards or timers etc), plus Christmas is summer so we have plenty of sun to do the job. 😊 And from a fellow light colour pedant, I stick to clear warm tone lights, because even pre-led, the colour variation between sets and clashing colours were too annoying 😂
Jim Wolsiffer
Jim Wolsiffer Mês atrás
Great video series, i to have had issues for years with the LED colors. On top of the problems with corrosion in the sockets, i am about ready to give them up! We even spent weeks using dielectric grease placed in each socket on several dozen strings a few years ago to mitigate water intrusion and the resulting corrosion issue. Those strings held up a bit longer than the untreated ones but eventually started to fail as well. The lack of heat doesn't dry them out like regular bulbs did. HOWEVER thanks to your discovery of Tru-Tone I am going to give them a try, going back to regular sockets with dielectric grease as an add on I think I'll get better results. To bad they are sold out of the Classic color I need I placed an order for my 3 colors in the Jewel style. I am hoping as well I can preorder for next year what I need! Thank you and keep up the great videos!
Matthew J
Matthew J 25 dias atrás
Thanks for the share about grease only helping a little bit. I feel like I'm hoping beyond hope to protect solar garden-light switches... they are better protected inside the case.. Regarding C9 bulbs, I prefer the 5LED WW around 2200K. I feel they have more even dispersion than the straight or curved filament bulbs.
Josh Rowlison
Josh Rowlison Mês atrás
Tru-tone bulbs might be a good match for incandescent, and if you're looking for that I certainly think they'd be cool. However, I was able to get some Opticore C9 bulbs that are not an incredibly accurate C9 replica, but instead a really nice new product. Quite bright, super durable, and I think beautiful in their own way. Alas, I like the super deep colors that come from monochromatic lights, I mostly do monochrome strands that I mix to generate interesting effects. The Spherical bulbs on the LED sets from Menards for example can generate a pleasing teal glow if you string green and blue bulbs in the same area.
Ricky Gorzel
Ricky Gorzel Mês atrás
I'm glad that my family members aren't the only ones that see the flashing and hate the overpowered blue. I've taken to connecting a capacitor on the input after the diodes in the least safe way possible. Not a great idea from a safety standpoint, but it reduces or removes the flashing :)
Matthew J
Matthew J 25 dias atrás
I'm surprised how many brands have that flicker and cost even more than NOMA lights that are plentiful north of the USA and have no obvious flicker.
Ricky Gorzel
Ricky Gorzel Mês atrás
@Ray Heinrich Ah, gocha! Sorry about that; in the notification it looked like you were pinging me. Happy tinkering!
Ray Heinrich
Ray Heinrich Mês atrás
@Ricky Gorzel Yes I understand you didn't. The capacitor method works just fine as long as you don't use too large a capacitor. My response was aimed at the guy that mentioned the full and half wave rectifiers. I too, put a capacitor across the output of the diodes and it worked just fine. Sorry my comment seemed ambiguous. --- Best to you and all those wonderful people out there who are willing to go eccentric and compulsive when it comes to those tiny little irritations we experience in our technical lives... Or hell, it's really just any time the fit strikes isn't it? :)
Ricky Gorzel
Ricky Gorzel Mês atrás
@Ray Heinrich I never said that adding a capacitor to a half wave rectifier makes a full wave/full bridge rectifier, it just reduces the ripple voltage enough that it's unnoticeable.
Ray Heinrich
Ray Heinrich Mês atrás
@Jared Maddox Pulling on the cord is actually the safest way. Sure, it damages the cord, but at least you don't get electrocuted. People get shocked by prying with both fingers on each side of a plug that's hard to pull out. When it starts to come out, thier fingers push underneath the plug while the blades are still in contact with the line voltage. Over 50 people die each year in the US from doing just that. It doesn't happen in (most) EU countries (or England) because the prongs on their plugs are insulated halfway down.
uberchemist Mês atrás
Twinkly lights! No, not the adjective, the brand! They make awesome little lights that are addressable LEDs, and yes they make both RGB and RGBW for that soft white you like so much. I highly recommend them; I've used about 6 sets and decorated my house with them. Expensive, but good.
Bahlzeron Mês atrás
LED filament bulbs are awesome, I love the classic bulb look, and function. Now if they would just make filament LED's in automotive sockets... current offerings do not look right, stupid tiny little diodes with spots of light instead of a nice glow.
fordfreak2007 Mês atrás
I have mixed feelings when it comes to incan vs LED. While LEDs do show the color better, I miss the warmth of the incan bulbs. I 100% agree when it comes to the blue ones though. The blue really needs to be toned down. My biggest complaint about LED sets is the longevity. If you use them outside, the legs usually rust. The should use copper or seal the sockets somehow while still allowing replacement.
m04f04m 26 dias atrás
We have two of the 50 light Walmart set you showed in your video, ours having the green cord and sockets. I wondered about having 50 lights with 4 colors. Doesn't divide evenly. Your explanation of using less blue made me look at ours. It appears they also use less green too. The color scheme is: Red - Yellow - Blue - Red - Yellow - Green (this 6 light scheme is repeated), finishing with Red - Yellow. So, 17 each of Red and Yellow, and 8 each of Blue and Green. I would have never noticed had I not watched this video. BTW, I think the above color scheme wasn't meant to reduce the impact of the Blue and maybe the Green lights. The entire 50 lights are wired in a single series. With 17 Red and Yellow @ 2V each, along with 8 Blue and Green @ 3.2V each, the total forwarding voltage is 119.2V. Put any more Blue and/or Green in the circuit, and it would have exceeded 120V, requiring the set to be split into two series and adding to the cost.
William Reidy
William Reidy Mês atrás
As soon as I saw Christmas stuff in the store I knew this was coming and was excited about it, not sure why haven't even watched this channel in a few months
J2ko Mês atrás
I WAS JUST THINKING ABOUT THIS YESTERDAY!! There are both LED and filament colored christmas lights in my house and I prefer the the warm, desaturated colors of the filament bulbs a lot more than the harsh, bright LEDs. It would be pretty cool to see LED lights that replicate the more pleasant colors of their filament counterparts.
GalaxiteGwyn Mês atrás
As a huge nail polish lover, this video makes me super happy! Add a top coat and the polish shouldn't chip and could last for years!
Steve Price
Steve Price Mês atrás
I LOVE the blue color of LEDS! In fact, bought 5 strings of the last week--only when got them home I realized that they were incandescent bulbs. I guess I didn't know that they still sold new incandescent light sets. I returned them and exchanged them for multi-colored LEDS. Alas, there were no all blue LED sets to be had. :(
Bring On The Beer
Bring On The Beer Mês atrás
Between the 8 Bit Guy buying peroxide, and Alec buying nail polish, the beauty industry has done more for technological aesthetics than it ever knew
dolbymandts Mês atrás
I myself really like those monochromatic LED light colors but I do hate the intense flicker many of those strings produce (as you mentioned as well) So where is the petition for well rectified and smoothed lights? :)
memespace Mês atrás
Commenting before watching the whole video: I've been through this for an art project; In major art stores they sell paint for making fake "stained glass". It doesn't hold up on incandescent bulbs... It burns. But it should work on LEDs just fine.
DarkNight Studios
DarkNight Studios Mês atrás
I absolutely love lighting and the mood it creates. However, either my eyes or brain are broken and I can’t stand blue lights. They make me want to rip my eyes out- it’s just a very aggrivating blue blurry mess and it hurts my eyes. I practically have to close my eyes whenever I see someone decorated their house with lights. This video was a relief to find, because I was trying to find a solution for this. Thank you for going through so much effort to come up with some cool methods of light coloring. :)
Lee2709 27 dias atrás
@Sreenikethan I It is for me. It's due to the wavelength of the light.
Sreenikethan I
Sreenikethan I Mês atrás
Oh is the blur due to blue lights a normal thing for everyone??
Nicholas Marshall
Nicholas Marshall Mês atrás
5:49 Dyes are tricky.. You have a very small temperature window. You need to get the water to high temperature to activate the dye. Then let it cool to a temperature that your plastic will not melt or get soft at. Then maintain that temperature. The longer the plastic is in the dye the more dye it takes. It might take several attempts to work out the proper temperatures.
Steves junk
Steves junk Mês atrás
I got tapped on the shoulder last year by my work to create a lights display for a drive through lights thing (Festival of lights, sinissippi/rockford il). You're right about the half wave rectification being terrible. Most lights are just a consumer product built at a price point, less parts count= cheaper/easier to mfg. The super cheap strands literally just stick a led in a socket and the legs corrode out in a year or two. I've gone to buying more expensive full wave rectified ones that are not replaceable in hopes that they last longer. I've bought them from a site called christmas designers (which I had terrible customer service experiences with but they've been the cheapest). Anyway they also sell c7 and c9 cord (that specifies the base style) which has 120v going to each socket as well as retrofit bulbs which we used for the lights display but to your point I don't think they use white under colored caps mostly just monocrhomatic. Do not forget "white" led's are also just blue with phosphorescent material or red green and blue and thus more expensive than a monochromatic led. Most those c7 c9 strands are based on SPT-1 or SPT-2 wire and you can even make your own with insulation displacement (vampire) sockets and plugs.
theinternetis Mês atrás
This was an excellent video, thank you for spending your time sharing with humanity
Flameroller 8 dias atrás
8:05 can we all just appreciate that beautiful, steady smoke line coming off those flames?! It looks like a floaty string coming off the flame, connecting it to whatever is above the shot. Smooth, silky and waaaavy. I don't know why, but I quite enjoyed that part.
Anna Robin Hogendoorn Streef
I just love it when nail polish is super flexible like that! Seriously, it's the best paint in the world!
Joe Reese
Joe Reese Mês atrás
I realize how difficult it is to be a creator on this platform… You are damn good at explaining the basic things that make up complex technology. I like your style Dude….
tt ww
tt ww Mês atrás
He needs a research assistant. Adding Opaque,Full Wave(flicker free), or bulb to led to a search for Christmas Lights addresses all his issues.
Bryce Mês atrás
I really love you for putting this much effort into perfecting the lights! I also do not like the way the LEDs look
John Crichton
John Crichton 26 dias atrás
Make a plastic trough with holders so you can dip the bulbs a few at a time. More efficient and should give an easier coat with the nail polish. Maybe a 3d print a holding rack to dry them on.
liz not slow
liz not slow Mês atrás
I have a question that may be interesting for a video. I keep an air purifier in my bedroom (because allergies). (It's the Coway Airmega AP-1512HH(W), which was the Wirecutter recommended one and I love it). My question is if I put that on one side of my bedroom and my ultrasonic cool mist humidifier on the other side, will they interact and if so how? Some thoughts I've had are 1) if the mist created by the humidifier would be sucked up by the air purifier, making the humidifier useless, or 2) if the humidity created by the humidifier would damage the air purifier in some way (which, probably not because I only run the humidifier in the winter, and it's still far less humid than the summer), or 3) could having the air purifier be beneficial because it would help filter out all the minerals/bacteria/mold that the humidifier vaporizes? I have no idea how to answer these questions so I thought I would ask you. Love your videos. 👍
Brendan Malott
Brendan Malott Mês atrás
I wonder if dipping the light in uhhh, a paint of your choice, would yield more even and consistent results than hand brushing
Rammerator Mês atrás
You might try a more "commercial" approach, and fill small, refillable vials (like trimmed plastic test tubes [kids toys]) and dip the lights so they all receive an even coating, and drip evenly as the tips of the lights are perfect for wicking without splotching, and make multiple passes with as many coats as you'd like. Notably, the "gel" nail polish is a tad more expensive, but clings thicker; but can also be cut if it's too thick for your application with a chemical thinner product.
Lee2709 27 dias atrás
@An Abundance of Squids 'Per se' not 'per say'.
onix331 Mês atrás
Yeah this. May take longer but is easy to do and gives an even coating
An Abundance of Squids
Gel polishes are also available in clear colours, which solves the frosted bulb problem ...Gel does need to be cured using UV light though as it's literally just a tiny bottle of skin-safe UV resin - it's not a *difficult* thing to do per say, but it would definitely be time consuming
BrokenMonocle Mês atrás
I'm pretty sure a mini light bulb will fit into the mouth of a bottle of nail polish, if my memory of sizes is accurate.
Rammerator Mês atrás
@KittenDrone that's the word
Cheezymatt Mês atrás
i still have the classic C9 Christmas light bulbs, specifically 12 strings for my house and fence. i love the way they are visible from across the valley i live in as opposed to LED strings i also have. as long as i can buy bulbs and strings, i wont retire these sets. though a couple strings are blowing fuses (only during installation due to the string getting twisted and pulled and jiggled) and bulbs (most are from the 90s) that i will retire at the end of this year but i know exactly where to buy new bulbless strings for reasonable price and brand new strings. (ace hardware sells them and sets of 25 bulbs). LED's do have their place but i also agree that they're hard to enjoy sometimes with the overpowering blue.
Danielle White
Danielle White Mês atrás
I vaguely remember being in elementary school and there was a something we were required to read one day about safety for decorations. This would have been around 20 years after GE introduced Merry Midget lights and the book was old so it assumed C9 type. One of the points it stressed was to check that every bulb was properly clipped to the branch and the envelope was not touching any branch or needles due to the fire risk. The only reason I remember it was the ensuing discussion because those of us who had only seen Merry Midget lights used didn't grasp why right away.
Beware the Lily of the Valley
Sometime in my teens, my mom decided to try out making our Christmas colors blue, white and silver, using a white fake tree. The tree skirt was mostly blue with I think white faux fur a few inches around the edge. The bobbles or whatever they're called were a navy blue and silver and the lights on the tree were blue and white. We hung only blue candy canes and of course, the star was white (though sometimes we might put up an angel). You would think it's too much blue and yet somehow, with the white of the tree, it balances everything and looks really pretty to me with the rest of the lights off. We've pretty much made it our traditional colors now and I love it. I just texted my mom to see if she's putting up the tree this year. My brothers aren't in-state anymore and neither wants ro celebrate Christmas, which, fine, that's more money in our pockets, lol. But my apartment is still being furnished so I can't really have company and my mom...*should*...still have the Christmas decorations. For the first time in ages, I finally was able to afford a few gifts and so hopefully my mom will still want to set up the tree so I can tuck them under there. This had very little to do with the topic of this video, I just felt like writing that, lol.
Ariel Rodrigues
Ariel Rodrigues Mês atrás
I have only now discovered that this is a whole series but I am THRIVING. I've been screaming about LED lights being hideous for YEARS.
MysticSparkleWings Mês atrás
Ah, so as an artist who's had her share of trying to replicate things that either don't exist or only exist in very limited, hard-to-find-forms, I have a little insight that might be helpful in testing different methods to clover the lightbulbs going forward if the nail polish doesn't work out. The primary reason the Sharpie ink didn't work is because standard Sharpies are alcohol-based, and no alcohol ink is _lightfast_ which denotes how stable a given color is over time when exposed to light. So in coloring Christmas lights, that's a two-fold problem: The ink is constantly exposed to the...well, _light_ of the lights themselves when they're turned on, as well as any light in their environment. I haven't used model paints before, but I suspect they held up better partially because _paints_ in general tend to actually be made with some form of pigment, and pigment-based color tends to have better staying power than dye/alcohol-based (as I think you already know because you seem to lean towards pigments whenever possible). All that said, other kinds of professional-grade acrylic paints would probably work in terms of lightfastness and how well the paint holds up over time, but would have the same messy application issues as the model paint; Nail polish wouldn't be considered "professional-grade" by most artists, but since it's designed to hold up on fingers that receive a good beating from washing and daily use (and light exposure), there's a good chance that will work just fine for stationary Christmas lights and you won't _need_ any further testing (other than maybe seeing what a clear topper does), _but_ If you do, my recommendation would be to look at lightfast inks like one would use in a calligraphy or fountain pen. The colored inks are genuinely vivid in color but are relatively thin (so they can flow properly in a pen), and you can find ones that have a dropper attached to the lid which might add ease to application, depending on how you go about it. I have experience using the Dr. Ph. Martin's BomBay India Inks specifically and can confirm they (with the exception of two shades of brown) dry quickly, brightly, and are not easily disturbed once dry. The only real issue with these particular inks I've had is that, because they're pigment-based, you have to shake them thoroughly before each use because the pigment settles out, and a few of the bottles have pigments that develop strange odors if you keep them for extended amounts of time.
MysticSparkleWings Mês atrás
@Vigilant Cosmic Penguin Yes, _dark_ orange. My mistake.
MysticSparkleWings Mês atrás
@Terry Pullen Forgive me, I meant "dark orange."
MysticSparkleWings Mês atrás
@jpdemer5 Glasswork is not my area of expertise. Could you point me in the direction of what some of these special paints are (brand name, etc.)? It's likely I'm completely missing something but my attempts to find soluable dye paints for glasswork/stained glass are turning up acrylic or acrylic-enamel options, which as far as I'm aware are probably still pigment-based as most forms of acrylic paint are usually pigment-based, not dye-based.
MysticSparkleWings Mês atrás
​@Charlie Bell It wouldn't surprise me if this is true, but it may also just be a Wisnor & Newton thing--maybe they process their inks differently?--But even so, lightfastness exists on a scale for _all_ art supplies. Most professional-grade art supplies (and some student grade ones made by brands that largely deal in professional-grade) have a rating for each supply/color based on either the "Blue Wool" lightfast rating or the ASTM lightfast rating, and both have options for "poor lightfastness" all the way up to "excellent", but even the "excellent" rating is only guarenteed up to 100 years in museum-like conditions.
MysticSparkleWings Mês atrás
@Sato I've edited the comment to fix the issue. But as far as I'm aware (and my computer will display) the underscore method is the only way to get the text to actually display as italicized, whereas slashes...just stay slahes and the text between them is unchanged. Thank you for bringing it to my attention the italics had gotten out of hand, though.
dynomar Mês atrás
Most of the ones that I've found in the local store where the LEDs with the caps on them. But they were also the slightly more expensive brand.
Ben Roberts
Ben Roberts Mês atrás
I really miss the incandescent c9 blinking lights. They were great controlled so you got proper random effects on the tree. That's something I don't know how they would do properly in LEDs. The blinking on LEDs is just so predictable
John Sullivan
John Sullivan Mês atrás
NOMA in Canada, (and USA) who rebrand theirs on a number of retailer house brands, has different colour (yes that's how you spell it) plastic teardrop shape or even mini-light shape covering fused over white LED in strings. It looks like the bulbs are pull/replace, but often they're not. At first the green was pathetically dim vs the rest, other years the green was far brighter, they seem to have reached a good consistency across the rainbow assortment on a string for several years now.
Cabbage Patch Soap
Cabbage Patch Soap Mês atrás
I've always wanted different colored holiday lights, but didn't know what to use to color them. I assumed nail polish would scratch or chip off, I'm glad you had success with it! I'm going to have to give this a try. I wonder if gel polish set with a UV light would be more durable? Hmm...
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