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marv

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Controlling LED Christmas Lights
« on: December 10, 2005, 02:38:32 PM »

Hi,

Is there a way to control LED cristmas
lights?

I have tried lamp, appliance and the
receptical modules with no luck.
They all leave part of the string on dimmly
in the off position.

Thanks

Marv
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yeldarb

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Re: Controlling LED Christmas Lights
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2007, 02:33:00 PM »

I have the same problem.  There is another thread which discusses using Applicance Modules instead, but I had no luck even with the suggestion to disable the "Current Sensor" diode.  The LED string still stays on dimly when it's supposed to be "off".

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Brian H

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Re: Controlling LED Christmas Lights
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2007, 06:32:47 PM »

The Sensing Current components are not completely gone when the Diode and Jumper are cut in an Appliance Module. There are still a few resistors in the circuit, that maybe why they still glow. Have you tried the old small 4 watt Night Light on the modules output with the LED Lights?
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dave w

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Re: Controlling LED Christmas Lights
« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2007, 12:41:11 PM »

Per Brian, the night light usually works. Also, Socket Rockets have no sense circuit and are the only X10 modules I have to found to work with LED lights. Obviously their configuration makes them difficult to use.
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Brian H

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Re: Controlling LED Christmas Lights
« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2007, 04:23:13 PM »

Thanks Dave. Yes my low wattage LED bulbs do work fine in a Socket Rocket.
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ricktk

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Re: Controlling LED Christmas Lights
« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2010, 05:34:52 PM »

Great forum!  Lots of info.  I was having trouble with indoor LED Christmas lights staying dimly lit.  The Socket Rocket trick worked great.  A little finagling/adapting to go from cord to socket to cord, but the key it worked.  :)%  Thanks all, Rick
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