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  1. D from BC

    D from BC Guest

    I recall a palette load (5ft high) of LED Christmas lights
    disappearing in days at a department store. There everywhere!

    Fk I made an LED Christmas tree using SMD LED's in 1998. It was
    controlled by an MCU. I had that thing lit up like a computer
    from some cheezy science fiction movie.

    What I'd like to know is...
    Anyone here also feel like a dumbass on this missed opportunity?
    Is it an example of poor design foresight?
    Fkn LED Christmas Tree lights :(.. I'm so pissed I'm not even
    going to buy them. :)

    Maybe someone will make a documentary entitled "The LED
    Christmas Tree Light Race."
     
  2. But it's such an elementary thing, "inventing" them wouldn't have
    done much. They needed to wait for cheaper LEDs that were also bright
    enough before they could start happening.

    This sort of thing is a mass-market item. It's not a niche where
    a relatively small group of people would be interested, and willing
    to pay large amounts in order to get them.

    So you need a big company that can produce things in large quantities,
    to keep costs down and supply enough of the product (because in order
    to keep price down so people will buy profits have to be low and thus
    overall profit comes from selling lots of them), and who can get them
    into a large number of stores and maybe pay for advertising.

    ANd it's such a generic item, the sorts of companies manufacturing
    them will be generic companies in China or thereabouts, either selling
    directly to the stores or to "known brands" that will put their name
    on the boxes before selling to the stores.

    Michael
     
  3. D from BC

    D from BC Guest

    But it's such an elementary thing, "inventing" them wouldn't
    have
    done much. They needed to wait for cheaper LEDs that were also
    bright
    enough before they could start happening.

    This sort of thing is a mass-market item. It's not a niche
    where
    a relatively small group of people would be interested, and
    willing
    to pay large amounts in order to get them.

    So you need a big company that can produce things in large
    quantities,
    to keep costs down and supply enough of the product (because in
    order
    to keep price down so people will buy profits have to be low and
    thus
    overall profit comes from selling lots of them), and who can get
    them
    into a large number of stores and maybe pay for advertising.

    ANd it's such a generic item, the sorts of companies
    manufacturing
    them will be generic companies in China or thereabouts, either
    selling
    directly to the stores or to "known brands" that will put their
    name
    on the boxes before selling to the stores.

    Michael
    -------------
    True...It is a large scale operation...I probably thought that
    years ago and I got chicken.
    But I wonder...
    I saw it coming...I could have prepared. Done the research..Made
    the drawings...Found the Chinese factories.
    I could have preplanned all the logistics and just waited for
    the right LED to come along. Set everything up. (In case of new
    LED break glass.)

    And then..Boom! I'm on the telephone..LOAD THE MACHINES! CALL
    THE DISTRIBUTORS, THE BOAT IS ON THE WAY! :)

    After 1 million phone calls and emails, I should be on the beach
    getting a massage from 2 hot chicks in bikinis :)

    D
    ----------------
     
  4. All of which dates from the old NE-2 twinkle lights.

    Create a "wheel rim" of a few NE-2's. Put a 1 ufd capacitor to ground at
    each node and a 1 meg resistor to +90 at each node.

    These were ancient history in 1956.




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  5. joseph2k

    joseph2k Guest

    But enough of a niche market was there over 5 years ago. You could have
    sold millions of sets in the US alone.
     
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