We often get asked what the difference is between our Commercial Grade Christmas Lights and Decorations vs. “big box store” lights from places like Home Depot, Walmart or Costco. In short, they are longer lasting because they are designed to withstand wet or cold climates. They are also brighter and look great. If that isn’t reason enough, here are ten more! #DitchBigBoxGoBigStar
1. One-piece molded construction in our lighted string sets
Sometimes people ask for replaceable mini-light bulbs. We reply, “you don’t want that”. The reason is that a removable LED lights in lighted string sets invites issues with corrosion because there are more places for water to sit against the copper. The water can also cause a short and damage the string. By having the LED completely sealed in the PVC lamp holder, we significantly reduce chances of water penetration.
2. Coaxial plugs in our lighted string sets
These plugs are THE way to go. A rubber seal between the male and female ends seals water out, again preventing corrosion issues – the number one cause of Christmas light failures. The coaxial plugs also screw together preventing them from accidentally being pulled apart in winds or when handling during installation and removal.
3. Replaceable bulbs in our larger LED lights
Wait…didn’t you just say that it’s better to have non-replaceable lights?! Yes, this is the case for smaller LED string sets, but not for larger bulbs. The larger bulbs have room for three, or even five LED’s. And due to their size, important (and patented) measures can be taken to prevent water penetration between the lamp base and the plastic bulb casing. This makes the replaceable bulb series our most durable product and more suitable for year-round installations. If there are issues with a bulb going out in the future, it does not affect other bulbs in the string. Our LED retrofit bulbs, which include C7, C9, G20, G30, and Patio lights, run completely independent from one another. This allows you to get more creative with choosing your own colour patterns too*
4. Wires you can cut so that they fit rooflines perfectly!
Our retrofit bulbs screw into E12, E17, or E26 base sockets which sit on wire that is capable of being cut to size. *Please note that you CANNOT cut our string lights sets that include 5mm, C6, or G12 bulbs.* Cutting wires only applies to sets that use C7, C9, G20, G30, and Patio lights. Once the wire is cut, you can simply apply our easy-to-use zip plugs in a matter of seconds. The ability to cut wires gives the advantage of cutting lengths to fit rooflines perfectly. Now you’ll never come up short from corners, or have to hide lights in gutters! This gives your display a very clean and professional look.
5. Our retrofit bulbs use flat wire - not twisted wire
Why is flat wire important for applications like rooflines? Because you can control the direction that the bulbs point much more easily than with twisted wire. Combining this wire with our specially designed clips will again give you that professional look you’ve always strived for.
6. Our bulbs are brighter
Our C7 and G20 bulbs use 3 LED’s vs. 1 LED in big box store lights. Furthermore, our C9 and G30 bulbs use 5 LED’s. This essentially makes them 5 times brighter. When these LEDs are housed in a clear, round-shaped bulb like our G20 or G30 Christmas lights, they are additionally magnified making them just as bright if not brighter than incandescent lights!
7. UV Protection
Our bulbs contain UV stabilizers in them that prevent them from going cloudy over a short period of time. The bulb on the right is an example of this, but fear not, it is preventable – you can count on our bulbs shining bright for years to come!
8. Different wire color options
We sell base wire in several colors. These include green, black, brown, and white wire. This way you can choose a wire color that closely matches the trim of the building, so that the lights are noticed….not the wire!
9. Bulbs that don't necessarily scream "Christmas"
Our G20 and G30 round bulbs are not only the brightest, they are relatively small, round, and NOT conical shaped. People often associate conical shaped bulbs with Christmas. So if you’re looking for something suitable for year round use, our G20 and G30 bulbs will look great any time of the year.
We have a team of expert installers who are happy to troubleshoot if something isn’t working like it should. We know how busy the Christmas lighting season is, particularly for professional Christmas light installation companies. The more time spent troubleshooting means less time earning revenue. And for do-it-yourselfers, it means less time with family. If you have an issue with a project, just give us a call. Don’t know which product to use or how many strings to put in a tree? Email us a photo of it and our team will make expert suggestions.
So what are you waiting for? #DitchBigBoxGoBigStar!
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