i know it's technically 2008 already, but i feel like as long as i stay awake, it's still 2007. while continuing my LED grow light research, i thought of this idea: using LED christmas lights as grow lights! besides being easier to find, christmas lights also come in convenient strands that have unlimited configuration possibilities. i went online looking for proof of concept, but i couldn't find anybody else doing the same thing. it's either absolute genius or positively stupid. fortunately for me, since it's right after the holidays, there are a lot of christmas lights on sale. i found a bunch of discounted bethlehem/GKI lights on amazon.com. i needed two different colors: mostly blue for growth and leaf product, and some red for flowering and balance. they had a strand of 50x 5mm red LED lights that was absolutely perfect; bethlehem/GKI produces a similar strand of blue lights but unfortunately they were all sold out. i did see someplace else selling them for $22, but that's too expensive. instead i managed to get 3 strands of blue LED lights from amazon. they're not as good as the red ones because the LEDs are inside of a bulb (G12 means "12mm globe) - i figured if i'm not getting enough light transmission i could always crack open all the bulbs. on top of the already heavily discounted prices, these lights also qualified for a 4-for-3 deal. in the end i only paid $26 for the whole set: 105 blues, 50 reds, for a total of 155 LED lights. the cheapest quality LED grow light deal i've seen online is a 272 LED kit for $40 that requires a lot of soldering. with this christmas lights solution, the advantage is i can put them to the test as soon as they arrive.
a bit of a scare earlier: while paying for my order, i couldn't find my credit card. afraid that maybe i lost it on the streets, i frantically went online to check my account to make sure there wasn't any illegal purchases. fortunately i eventually found my card on the floor (probably fell out of my jeans when i took them off).