Sput wrote: ↑Fri 24 Dec, 2021 19.17
I got these from sainsburys a couple of years ago. I made the mistake of believing the photo. In reality they were washed out, greyish nonsense that actively made the room more depressing.
Also they smashed really easily. Threw them out immediately.
I have these very lights, bought in 2019 from Sainsburys to use outside. For many years I've used cheap low voltage indoor sets as outdoor lights, in the full knowledge they aren't designed for it and won't last but at a fraction of the cost. Currently they are out for their 3rd year with, as you say, numerous smashed shades even though they've just been strung across two windows and then stored in their original box during the year. I can't see them stretching to a 4th year. A shame actually as it is the shades that let them down. The bare LEDs themselves are nice and bright and they seem pretty hardy (they've been used outside in the rain and in freezing temperatures but they're all still working).
I didn't actually bother putting a tree up inside this year still being in the process of sorting things out after moving a few months ago, but for indoor use I still rely on a couple of sets of pretty ancient incandescent lights. To me they're still the gold standard for attractive christmas lights. May need to look into whether it is possible to get some replacement bulbs for them (I see plenty being sold but the bases on different sets can be slightly different) as I now have so many dead ones that I'm worried about how much they're being over-run. Or failing that, replacement NOS incandescent sets.