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I just came back from HOME DEPOT and they just started a brief trade-in program for people wanting to get rid of old incandescent light strands and upgrade to new LED ones. The program started on 11/6 and runs thru 11/16, so if you are interested in trading in old strands and getting a credit towards the purchase of new LED lights, act quickly. Here's a photo of the promotional box I saw in the store:



$3 off Home Accents Holiday LED Lights
$4 off Marth Stewart Living or GE LED Lights
$5 off EcoSmart or Gemmy Lightshow LED Lights.--I'm wondering if this would also apply towards the Gemmy LED Lightshow spot lights and Kaleidoscope lights as well?
 

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Stopped in Home Depot Saturday night and had the sales clerk show me the Trade-in Form they give you when you bring in your incadescent light strands. Looks like those rebate coupon you use to see a lot in stores.

The Gemmy LightShow Kaleidescope globe projectors qualify for $5, and the Home Depot Home Accents red, blue, green spots (made by Gemmy for Home Depot) qualify for $3.
 

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Hello? I never said it was a rebate form. They will give you a form that you take to the register. Its printed on what looks like a rebate pad that they tear off and hand to you. You need to get one of these forms when you turn in your lights.
 

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The promo says incandescent strands in any condition.

A few years ago I bought a couple 100-mini light incandescent blue light strands I thought would look cool on our fence...going for an icy look. No one liked them up however and figured it would cost me more than I paid for the strands to change out all the bulbs to another color so plan to pull those together and turn them in.

There's a few green LED spots l'd like to pick up for my halloween display and maybe one or two of the white kaleidoscopes so want to do the trade in before they all get purchased by xmas shopping people. Most HD locations in my area are only showing a few of each color and once gone not sure if they will restock before the offer expires.
 

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I found my 3 old unwanted strands so took those to a HD that had at least 3 green spots showing in inventory online -- no point in going to a location that doesn't have what you want to pick up (hint, hint). I'm happy to have the 3 new green spots instead, saved myself $9, and will at least get use out of these. BTW when I got home I noticed that that HD location had already deducted them from their online count. And when I was there, there were a few bags already in the bins with old holiday lights people had turned in.

After seeing so many haunts on here with great vivid outdoor lighting over the years, I've been planning on updating my outdoor lighting for a few years now and during Halloween this season I added 2 blue spots, 1 blue spot with strobe; 1 red spot, 2 red Fire & Ice spots, 1 green F&I, and 2 "black/purple" spots. I have 1 blue Kaleidoscope. I have to say I'm not in love with the Kaleidoscopes. Really prefer the F&I. Someone posted photos under the Prop Section of a Steampunk energy source prop that used a green Kaleidoscope and I did have to say I thought that did look pretty cool in their set up.

Mike I used the solid blue and red spots this year and I was pretty impresssed with the light they put out. Very vivid and photographed nicely. Think you will be happy with yours. I found myself really noticing people's haunts and cemetary scene photos with the blue and green lighting, combined with yellow flickering light from lanterns and candles. The use of green spots with red interior lighting (thinking caskets for example) was very striking as well. I have yet to see any white solid spots and I know Gemmy makes them. Yellow/amber or orange would be nice to have but apart from Spirit no one else seems to have stocked it.


In way of a reminder, if you have one of those Lighting Effects Boxes (Christmas tree or Halloween Lightning Bolt version) don't forget they work based on having a certain wattage of light drawing power. So you may want to hold on to some of your incandescent strands. I have some globe lights I'm holding onto that will be used in my haunted carnival for this very purpose.
 

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Wish I had read your post JWAddington before I went. I gave them three strands for 3 new spots. I didn't want to use their self-serve registers so went to Customer Service to pay cash and the sales clerk didn't really wasn't sure how the program worked. When she rang up my lights she did scan the form and it just gave me a credit for $9. Oh well. I really didn't have any more funds for extra lighting anyway.

Updating even with sales at GR, coupons from SH, end of season clearance at HD, and this promo from HD, still adds up so as Scatterbrains says it really is an investment.
 

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Kittyvibe, the Trade-In expired Sunday, 11/16, so the clerk was correct that you shouldn't have been given the credit. Didn't have anything to do with the LightShow lights you were buying. It applied to all Gemmy LightShow products.

The offer ran 11/6 to 11/16, just 11 days. I assume HD will eventually have a sale on lights for the holidays for those that missed out on this promo event.
 

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Kittyvibe, could have sworn when I saw you mention "today" in your post I looked at your post date and thought it was from Monday not Sunday so definitely my mistake about the expiration. IMO since there weren't any listed LightShow products indicated on their coupon, it should have applied to all they carried. I feel for you. You really had a bad experience with ordering/buying from them this season.

My experience has definitely been better although when I ordered my blue Kaleidoscope earlier in the season for delivery to the store, they first couldn't find it and then when I persisted showing them my email saying it arrived at the store and so clearly it had been checked in somewhere or the email wouldn't have been generated, they ultimately found it after I had to wait quite a while. When they brought it out they said something about not being able to give it to me because of confusing messages they were getting when they tried processing the pickup thru the computer system. Said maybe it was recalled or something. I was pretty ticked off at that point having gone in at lunch for a quick pick up errand. I pointed out that they were still selling it on the website so if it had been recalled or something like that why would they still have it listed for sale. The clerks (two or three of them were "helping" me) finally gave up, saw that it was paid in full, and just gave it to me. Thankfully I didn't have any problems with my clearance purchases or lighting exchange.

As far as this promo went, most of the staff seemed fairly clueless and one guy I ran into did sound like he knew about it (he was the one who showed me the coupon forms). Oh well, some things aren't worth the fight. I got rid of three strands of lights that hopefully will be recycled and got 3 needed Gemmy spot lights out of the deal at a few dollars off.
 
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