Christmas Lights

  • metta

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    Dec 09, 2014 6:22 AM GMT
    So several of my neighbors are getting blisslights and they are encouraging me to get them as well. They do look really nice. But I was reading that they tend to not last very long. I was wondering if there are alternatives that last longer or possibly if certain products of theirs last longer than others. Any info?





    http://www.blisslights.com/
  • metta

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    Dec 09, 2014 6:39 AM GMT
    I just found another company:


    Elf Lights





    http://theelflight.com/
  • metta

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    Dec 09, 2014 7:27 AM GMT
    I also found:

    Prime Green/Red Laser Light Projector
    (terrible reviews)



    SUNY Outdoor Holiday Laser Projector Landscape Light
    (I have not found any reviews on this one)



    Sparkle Magic Illuminator Laser Lights



    http://www.SparkleMagic.com
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    Dec 09, 2014 2:11 PM GMT
    I want those! They are hella expensive though. I saw them at a landscape expo in LA and they were $$$$$
  • tckrguys

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    Dec 09, 2014 3:09 PM GMT
    We have the Bliss light in blue. We are shining it on the front of the house. The problem is one is not enough, you need 2 or 3 to get the effect you see in the videos. Home Depot sells them for about $199 on their website and you can have it shipped to the store to avoid shipping charges.
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    Dec 09, 2014 3:39 PM GMT
    Go with the traditional C-9 incandescents like I do. Sure, they're not the most energy efficient, but they look nice and warm, and if you put them on a timer from dusk until midnite or so they're not expensive at all; what's a one-time monthly increase of $5-7 or so? The LEDs are also nice, in whatever size, but forego the flashes, patterns, and the rest of that gimmicky stuff. Christmas is a time of peace and reflection, and the decor should enhance, not impede, that. Spelling out "NOEL" in mini-lights is an easy way to add a traditional message to your decorations.
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    Dec 09, 2014 3:43 PM GMT
    You neighbors sound like bullies. Tell them they are more than welcome to buy the lights and set them up on your house it they like.
  • HottJoe

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    Dec 09, 2014 3:44 PM GMT
    TckrGuys saidWe have the Bliss light in blue. We are shining it on the front of the house. The problem is one is not enough, you need 2 or 3 to get the effect you see in the videos. Home Depot sells them for about $199 on their website and you can have it shipped to the store to avoid shipping charges.

    Are you saying that it would take $600 to get that effect?

    No wonder Charlie Brown said commercialism was ruining Christmas. We should be feeding and sheltering the homeless this time of year first, and then decorating after that.
  • HottJoe

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    Dec 09, 2014 3:45 PM GMT
    UndercoverMan saidYou neighbors sound like bullies. Tell them they are more than welcome to buy the lights and set them up on your house it they like.

    They'd probably shun him forever.
  • metta

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    Dec 09, 2014 4:17 PM GMT
    lol...my neighbors <3 me! icon_smile.gif They just would like the entire neighborhood to do it because it would look really pretty. We have all decorated the trees at the curbs of our homes before and it is kind of the same idea.

    I think it might be cool to have lights shine down from the trees onto the street so the entire road is lite up.

    I think it is a little late for me to order them for this year. Maybe after Christmas there will be a big sale.
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    Dec 09, 2014 5:21 PM GMT
    HottJoe said
    TckrGuys saidWe have the Bliss light in blue. We are shining it on the front of the house. The problem is one is not enough, you need 2 or 3 to get the effect you see in the videos. Home Depot sells them for about $199 on their website and you can have it shipped to the store to avoid shipping charges.

    Are you saying that it would take $600 to get that effect?

    No wonder Charlie Brown said commercialism was ruining Christmas. We should be feeding and sheltering the homeless this time of year first, and then decorating after that.


    Spare us the sanctimony. Exactly how many "homeless" - read, bums - will YOU be taking into your home this year???
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    Dec 09, 2014 7:25 PM GMT
    WHAT? You don't have a disco ball and laser party lights already permanently installed?

    That's a big corner cut off your Gay Card icon_mad.gif
  • bro4bro

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    Dec 09, 2014 8:38 PM GMT
    In my neighborhood nearly everyone decorates, but nobody would dream of trying to coordinate decorations between houses - we're individuals here. Each house is different, and everyone's decorations are different. And since there's only 6 feet of space between houses here at the beach, it can lead to some interesting mashups.

    I go for the simple and tasteful approach. A couple strings of traditional multi-colored incandescent bulbs, and I trim my 15-foot cactus like a Christmas tree.

    But my new neighbors across the street - a lesbian couple - raised a collective gasp when they installed a light-up, inflatable outhouse, which Santa Claus pops out of every ten seconds or so!

    We're still trying to figure out if it's supposed to be satirical, or... what...
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    Dec 09, 2014 9:37 PM GMT
    I have a very different approach because I'm into minimal effort with maximum, unique results. Here's my house, outside and in:

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    You can't tell from the photo but I use the classic big colored bulbs on the topiaries so everything coordinates.

    I've never seen anyone do what I do anywhere.
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    Dec 09, 2014 9:42 PM GMT
    Well, in fact we did something similar in our college dorm, ca. 1980. My window had the red bulb. (Each of us only spent $1)
  • HottJoe

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    Dec 09, 2014 10:13 PM GMT
    MGINSD said
    HottJoe said
    TckrGuys saidWe have the Bliss light in blue. We are shining it on the front of the house. The problem is one is not enough, you need 2 or 3 to get the effect you see in the videos. Home Depot sells them for about $199 on their website and you can have it shipped to the store to avoid shipping charges.

    Are you saying that it would take $600 to get that effect?

    No wonder Charlie Brown said commercialism was ruining Christmas. We should be feeding and sheltering the homeless this time of year first, and then decorating after that.


    Spare us the sanctimony. Exactly how many "homeless" - read, bums - will YOU be taking into your home this year???

    I've had so many homeless friends in my life. When I came out, the gay community had a teen homelessness problem (and adults who started as homeless teens) that was more pressing than gay marriage, because at that time parents so often kicked their kids out, or people dropped out of high school and ran away from home. These were my peers as a teenager, and I wouldn't be who I am today without them. I still know people who struggle to stay in a home.

    As for my plans this Christmas, I do always feel very giving this time of year, and especially this year because I have a little more cash than usual for the holiday. I've been giving money to pan handlers standing in the cold at the freeway exits. I see them every day, from my rusty car. Everyone who drives on the freeway sees them, and when you give your money to someone shivering in the cold you realize how cold it would be to just ignore them. Being able to give is the greatest feeling and it's part of the holiday spirit. I also buy toys for tots, which is an excuse to buy toys and imagine kids getting to have them. I suggest you get into this spirit. You'll feel good. It's better than $600 worth of Christmas lights.
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    Dec 10, 2014 1:23 AM GMT
    HottJoe said
    MGINSD said
    HottJoe said
    TckrGuys saidWe have the Bliss light in blue. We are shining it on the front of the house. The problem is one is not enough, you need 2 or 3 to get the effect you see in the videos. Home Depot sells them for about $199 on their website and you can have it shipped to the store to avoid shipping charges.

    Are you saying that it would take $600 to get that effect?

    No wonder Charlie Brown said commercialism was ruining Christmas. We should be feeding and sheltering the homeless this time of year first, and then decorating after that.


    Spare us the sanctimony. Exactly how many "homeless" - read, bums - will YOU be taking into your home this year???

    I've had so many homeless friends in my life. When I came out, the gay community had a teen homelessness problem (and adults who started as homeless teens) that was more pressing than gay marriage, because at that time parents so often kicked their kids out, or people dropped out of high school and ran away from home. These were my peers as a teenager, and I wouldn't be who I am today without them. I still know people who struggle to stay in a home.

    As for my plans this Christmas, I do always feel very giving this time of year, and especially this year because I have a little more cash than usual for the holiday. I've been giving money to pan handlers standing in the cold at the freeway exits. I see them every day, from my rusty car. Everyone who drives on the freeway sees them, and when you give your money to someone shivering in the cold you realize how cold it would be to just ignore them. Being able to give is the greatest feeling and it's part of the holiday spirit. I also buy toys for tots, which is an excuse to buy toys and imagine kids getting to have them. I suggest you get into this spirit. You'll feel good. It's better than $600 worth of Christmas lights.


    Oooh, yes, you're just such a good, well-balanced person, we should all be in awe of you! You know nothing of what any of us contributes to charity, though I don't mind telling you how I choose mine: I look for a low expense/donation ratio, and I NEVER give to bums on the streets; that only perpetuates their tax-free freeloading. So again, how many bums are you inviting into your home this yuletide?
  • HottJoe

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    Dec 10, 2014 1:58 AM GMT
    MGINSD said
    HottJoe said
    MGINSD said
    HottJoe said
    TckrGuys saidWe have the Bliss light in blue. We are shining it on the front of the house. The problem is one is not enough, you need 2 or 3 to get the effect you see in the videos. Home Depot sells them for about $199 on their website and you can have it shipped to the store to avoid shipping charges.

    Are you saying that it would take $600 to get that effect?

    No wonder Charlie Brown said commercialism was ruining Christmas. We should be feeding and sheltering the homeless this time of year first, and then decorating after that.


    Spare us the sanctimony. Exactly how many "homeless" - read, bums - will YOU be taking into your home this year???

    I've had so many homeless friends in my life. When I came out, the gay community had a teen homelessness problem (and adults who started as homeless teens) that was more pressing than gay marriage, because at that time parents so often kicked their kids out, or people dropped out of high school and ran away from home. These were my peers as a teenager, and I wouldn't be who I am today without them. I still know people who struggle to stay in a home.

    As for my plans this Christmas, I do always feel very giving this time of year, and especially this year because I have a little more cash than usual for the holiday. I've been giving money to pan handlers standing in the cold at the freeway exits. I see them every day, from my rusty car. Everyone who drives on the freeway sees them, and when you give your money to someone shivering in the cold you realize how cold it would be to just ignore them. Being able to give is the greatest feeling and it's part of the holiday spirit. I also buy toys for tots, which is an excuse to buy toys and imagine kids getting to have them. I suggest you get into this spirit. You'll feel good. It's better than $600 worth of Christmas lights.


    Oooh, yes, you're just such a good, well-balanced person, we should all be in awe of you! You know nothing of what any of us contributes to charity, though I don't mind telling you how I choose mine: I look for a low expense/donation ratio, and I NEVER give to bums on the streets; that only perpetuates their tax-free freeloading. So again, how many bums are you inviting into your home this yuletide?

    A bum is another word for ass, and I haven't invited you yet.

    Btw, why do you call me sanctimonious for caring about homeless people on Christmas? What is wrong with you? I want to give to charity. I don't have a monopoly on giving. I'm not keeping tabs on how charitable you are. I'm just saying it feels good to give, and your reaction is to harass me about it. You're completely nuts.

    I'm not even hosting a Christmas party this year. What is with your assumptions about that? I'm just doing what I can to be part of what's good about the holiday. If you have a problem with that, I don't care. Your vile posts have illustrated that your opinions are just obnoxious noise that I need to tune out!
  • CIBAT7

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    Dec 10, 2014 9:25 AM GMT
    Traditional large C9's all the way! All the modern stuff looks fake and like toys. C9's give off the best glow with true, vibrant colors.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Dec 10, 2014 1:14 PM GMT
    I've seen them, kind of interesting, but I have to admit, I tend to favor the old c-9's, although I did kind of like the icicle lights as well.
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    Dec 10, 2014 1:25 PM GMT
    On the occasions I've been asked by straight people what is it like to be a gay man, I've actually answered: "It's all about the lighting."

    I guess this thread proves it. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 10, 2014 3:54 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidOn the occasions I've been asked by straight people what is it like to be a gay man, I've actually answered: "It's all about the lighting."

    I guess this thread proves it. icon_biggrin.gif


    LOL, Art. Well done! icon_cool.gif

    Or, to paraphrase Shakespeare, "The first thing we do is turn down the lights!" (Henry VI, P. 2, II, 4, 2.)
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    Dec 10, 2014 10:07 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidOn the occasions I've been asked by straight people what is it like to be a gay man, I've actually answered: "It's all about the lighting."


    Good answer. Makes me think of every latter day Vivian Leigh film where for dramatic effect the poor dear had her face thrust into harsh lighting:

    - A Streetcar Named Desire
    - The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone
    - Ship of Fools
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    Dec 10, 2014 11:30 PM GMT
    Increasingly veering off-topic (though it could be XXXmas lighting)...

    On more than one occasion, I've had a trick come into my bedroom and readjust all the lighting to suit himself. Which raises two issues:

    1- Perhaps I need to rethink the lighting a bit and
    2- Is this acceptable behavior? I'm guessing that this never happened to Brian Kinney...
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    Dec 10, 2014 11:35 PM GMT
    That's why track lighting went out of favor...it's all about uplighting now.