I really wanted to buy some LED last year, they were real cheap at an
after Xmas sale at a Nursery. The white ones, (the only ones I was
interested in) were too "cool" for my taste. I love the yellowy glow
of regular incandescent "white" lights, seems homey, warm & inviting.
The LED's looked harsh & "office-light" like for my tastes so I took
FWIW... they must be popular, as from what I could see Target or mass
marketers, from what I could see, sold out before Christmas
I hope they soon come out with a warmer version, for I can't wait to be
done with cheap incandescent xmas lights buring out and driving me
absolutely crazy. .
Yesterday I tried experimentally running one of the Forever Bright strings
off a bridge rectifier, no capactitor. It seemed only slightly brighter.
That's puzzling because although instantaneous brightness would stay the
same having twice as many flashes per unit time ought to seem something
like twice as bright.
Also, I noted an alleged 10V drop across the bridge (121V in, 111V out)
but I think this may be a figment of my DMM's imagination, perhaps unable
to give an accurate RMS reading of the pulsating full wave rectified DC. I
guess I should dig out my analog VOM. And maybe visually compare a couple
of C9's incandescent bulbs (considerably more current draw than an LED
string) on either side of the rectifier.