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 Post subject: Re: A new project
PostPosted: Sun Jan 05, 2020 5:23 am 
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Wow--a lot of work---and very impressive!

I'm looking for led bulbs for the old fashioned candles that go in the windows.

I'd like to have changeable houses to go on top---without the heat and fire risk

Steve has inspired me...kind of!


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 Post subject: Re: A new project
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These houses are very interesting. I have been wanting LED bulbs for my houses since I first starting making houses and never seemed to find what I was looking for. I will definitely search for those lights. What kind of cord/socket are you using for these?


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 Post subject: Re: A new project
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I'm working on a C6 string with the E10 sockets. Justed wired up in parallel instead of in series like the vintage ones.

I'll post some info on the light string after I get the houses built.

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 Post subject: Re: A new project
PostPosted: Tue Jan 07, 2020 9:16 pm 
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I got 2 more houses built. I need to make the last two.


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The last two, I don't have a pattern for yet.
I need to sit down and lay them up.

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 Post subject: Re: A new project
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Ok, so how am I going to light these.

All the parts are from various eBay storefronts.
Very cheap.

I work with electronics both professionally and as a hobby.

I started with the following E10 socket. As most know the E10 socket is what a C6 lamp screws into.

So starting with the E10 socket below:

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I needed a way to pull the socket out of the plastic housing.
For 2 reasons.

1 to be able to spray paint the housings black.

And I needed to wire them up in parallel, not series like the vintage version of the C6 light string.

I found a pretty cool way to pull the sockets out of the houses.
I can't remember where I first saw it.

It might have even been on another of Paul's Christmas related websites.

It's made of a 3/6" x 18 pitch bolt with a wing nut and a rubber and flat washer.

You screw the bolt into the socket, then turn the wing nut till the socket pops out.

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Once the sockets are removed. They were painted with some black paint.
then soldered together in a parallel string of 8 sockets.

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a 12 Vdc power supply finished it up.

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Now to get the last 2 houses built and it should be ready to go.

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Wow---cant wait


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 Post subject: Re: A new project
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Well, this is beyond my comfort zone, but I’m enjoying your progress.


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 Post subject: Re: A new project
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So, here's the last two houses.

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And here is all 8 hanging off of their light string.
All with my custom led bulbs that screw into the custom light string.
Also are a few more of my light-up decorations.
And lastly, I made some LEDs I can put in my Dolly repros.


I wish they showed up better when they photographed.


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Now what to make next?

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 Post subject: Re: A new project
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Wow! These are just awesome!


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Amazing! And beautiful.


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