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Christmas lights

Good snowy morning!
With, the holiday season upon us, and a Saturday free for decorating, I would like to hang Christmas lights outside. HOWEVER, we need A LOT OF them and the prices are outrageous! One small "curtain" of lights 1 meter X 1 meter cost over 130 chf, at Media Mart.

Any suggestions? Do people hire professionals?
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Try Landi. They should be cheaper, and probably better quality, being designed for rough-handed farmers from Schwyz.
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Any suggestions? Do people hire professionals?
Sure.....coz hiring people in Switzerland is usually cheap

Landi or your local market is probably best
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Re: Christmas lights

Landi have those "curtains" of small lights, 1m x 2m for Chf30.
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Re: Christmas lights

Think of Christmas lights as a sort of discrete (or not so discrete) status symbol.

Buy loads of them in Bahnhofstrasse and get a team professional to install them and take them down again exactly 12 days after Christmas. You'll really fit in...
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Sure.....coz hiring people in Switzerland is usually cheap

Landi or your local market is probably best
Just wondering HOW they do it, as I do not see my Swiss neighbors on ladders...just seems their houses look miraculously tidy and decorated.......must have happened whilst I worked...

We have been in our house, since April, and I have only seen another human twice....on our street,

Just wanting to get prepared, for once...
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Re: Christmas lights

Buy them on sale after Christmas.

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Think of Christmas lights as a sort of discrete (or not so discrete) status symbol.

Buy loads of them in Bahnhofstrasse and get a team professional to install them and take them down again exactly 12 days after Christmas. You'll really fit in...

I really don't care about fitting in, but I would like to prepare for my children's arrival, for once.... The past two years, whilst in business, I did not even do my own shopping....no personal time...

Just wanting to have advice from others, who seem to be better organized than me, when it comes to these things...
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Re: Christmas lights

If I could find a transformer, I could use my American lights...any suggestions for finding one...?
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If I could find a transformer, I could use my American lights...any suggestions for finding one...?
Amazon, eBay, Ricardo...
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If I could find a transformer, I could use my American lights...any suggestions for finding one...?
As I understand it, many American 110 electrical items do not fare well, even on transformers, over a longer period of time using 220. I have had several people tell me that while using a transformer, their 110 electrical items eventually "blew out" whilst using a transformer.

As cheaply made as the Christmas lights in the US are, if I were you I would not try the transformer unless you are definitely resigned to the possibility of writing off the US lights as a loss. However, in the meantime I am sure you will have the best-decorated outdoor display in the neighborhood!
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Re: Christmas lights

Make a trip to Konstanz if there is enough time. Should have cheaper ones there.
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As I understand it, many American 110 electrical items do not fare well, even on transformers, over a longer period of time using 220. I have had several people tell me that while using a transformer, their 110 electrical items eventually "blew out" whilst using a transformer.
Total nonsense.

Some motors MAY have a problem if they are poorly designed, but that's it.

Lights, no possible problem.

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Re: Christmas lights

I'm not sure which of these light displays I like more

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Try Landi. They should be cheaper, and probably better quality, being designed for rough-handed farmers from Schwyz.

Thanks, Dougal's Breakfast. Landi was perfect. Relatively low price, sufficient selection and friendly salespeople. Got the job done!
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Re: Christmas lights

Jumbo also has descent prices on their xmas lights. I know they were are sale, but I'm not sure if it has ended. Good Luck!
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Re: Christmas lights

Status symbol huh!

Go big or go home!

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Re: Christmas lights

Really? Do you really need somebody's professional advice on light bulbs, transformers and glass. Here is my favorite answer: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/in...7163008AAMHFTv
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