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    Default Alternative to Blackout Caps for Mini Lights ?

    it seems like there should be a cheap alternative to the fancy blackout caps for mini lights. Has anyone tried heatshrink tubing or just plain ole tape ? Or other solutions. Ideas appreciated !
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    Default Re: Alternative to Blackout Caps for Mini Lights ?

    Quote Originally Posted by kidcole View Post
    it seems like there should be a cheap alternative to the fancy blackout caps for mini lights. Has anyone tried heatshrink tubing or just plain ole tape ? Or other solutions. Ideas appreciated !
    Back when I used mini's when making wireframes, I spray painted the extra bulb or two with black paint

    Heatshrink will also work, have used it with a few M6 LEDs on frames I've built this year.

    Plain ole tape may come loose from the weather effects, but I have never tried it.

    EDIT: Just had a thought (dangerous I know). Heat shrink on a glass bulb mini, would the 50% shrinkage cause the glass to shatter? No problem on the hard plastic lens of an M6 LED. Never tried it on a glass bulb though.

    I do keep a rather large assortment of color caps on hand for slipping over the M6 clear lens to add color detail to wireframes, have them in at least 6 colors, but I've never bought any in Black.
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    Default Re: Alternative to Blackout Caps for Mini Lights ?

    Denny, I was at the dollar store at Pleasant Valley Promenade (hunting for stuff to give the kids for Halloween) and they had a bunch of black out caps. 4 packs of 20 each for $1.
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    Wow, so much for cheap alternatives. I have never seen them for sale until I started looking at the Christmas sites. I appreciate the reference Al ..
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    Denny, I was really surprised to see them. In a dollar store no doubt. I would have bought them up but I knew the TASL folks would want them.
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    Default Re: Alternative to Blackout Caps for Mini Lights ?

    They had them at dollar tree here last year but I have not saw any this year.
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    Thanks Al ! I stopp by and got my 80 Blackout caps for my $1. And I had a choice of green or black to match my wires <green, of course> ...

    I have my hardware map finally input to the software. I should start playing around with my light routines within the next couple weeks ! I'll have all my new GFI circuits wired and operational by next week sometime .. Moving along. Now if I coul just get my computer to type itself !
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    Default Re: Alternative to Blackout Caps for Mini Lights ?

    For you Triangle area folks, a black out cap is a plastic cover you put over a mini light to "black it out". This is useful when you are making wireframes and have more lights on a side than you need or you need to transition to a new place with the same string of lights. The caps are also useful when you are making a megatree and your light string is a little too long and you want the extra lights to not be visible. These caps are dirt cheap at the dollar store. You can buy them online but the shipping, hassle, and wait are more hassle than driving and getting these.

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