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#154927 - 11/29/04 07:30 AM Christmas lights
Bert66 Offline

Registered: 11/01/04
Posts: 78
Loc: Belle Chasse, La. USA
A few weeks ago I read where some electricans were instaslling christmas lights and doing very well with this during this time of year. I was just wondering if anyone has done this and what did you charge. Also if you had any pictures from some of those jobs, I think they would be neat to share.

Have a safe and happy Holiday

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#154928 - 11/29/04 01:22 PM Re: Christmas lights
Active 1 Offline

Registered: 02/22/03
Posts: 684
Loc: Grayslake IL, USA
I would hate to be the one they call when the strings go dead. Find those burned out bulbs, no thanks.


#154929 - 11/29/04 01:34 PM Re: Christmas lights
hbiss Offline

Registered: 12/16/03
Posts: 893
Loc: Hawthorne, NY USA
Yup. Just tossed a bunch of my own light strings in the dumpster, half the lights were out. I would rather spend the $15 or so for a new string then play with the old one and find out after I install it that something else is wrong.

On the subject, I remember a couple of years ago somebody made a testing device that would locate the bad lamps on these things.


#154930 - 12/01/04 08:16 PM Re: Christmas lights
u2slow Offline

Registered: 09/18/03
Posts: 198
Loc: Salt Spring, BC, Canada
Might be good businees if you get in on upgrading folks to LED lights. No burnt out bulbs, but fat chance of repeat business

#154931 - 12/02/04 05:47 AM Re: Christmas lights
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Registered: 07/05/02
Posts: 8532
Loc: SI,New Zealand
Look the key to doing this sort of thing, is getting good quality gear for a start and installing it correctly.
BTW, just a note about IP Ratings, don't have a Chinese IP44 controller outside, they are as good as IP22 and will get water in them from the air, a waste of money, instead, use gear that has at least IP55 protection (encapsulated)
Over the last few Xmas's I've installed quite a number of elaborate lighting displays around town.
Mind you it is definitely a T&M thing, don't quote for it, you'll lose money, I've been there and done that.
Do the job once and do it properly, if you don't have to do any call-backs on the job, you've won for a start.
Let's face it, these days if you're not young, you're old - Red Green grin


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