Wednesday, October 7, 2015

C9's: Serious Old School Halloween Lighting

Image by Jimmy Stephens.

7 comments:

Adam said...

You can't beat these things. I really miss them around Christmas too. My neighbor used to use them when I was a kid. Just looked so much more bold than using the smaller bulbs of today. They have an awesome nostalgia factor.

Rot said...

we found a pack of these sold specifically for Halloween...beautiful things that we haven't strung up yet...HUGE and bright...
A neighbor down the block has a tall narrow pine tree and for Christmas they'd string the entire thing in these things... pure nostalgia.

Haunted Eve said...

I too love the look of old C7s and C9s and incandescent decorative bulbs in general versus the modern LED trend. For our Halloween yard haunt back in 2005 we used a mixture of steady-on and blinking C7s under a layer of landscaping lava rocks to create a burning embers effect and to create an eerie effect for a demon coming out of a hole in the ground. Less and less brick-and-mortar stores are carrying those bulbs now, but last year I searched online and discovered Christmas Lights Etc. still sells incandescent C7s and C9s by the box in just about every color you'd want, transparent and opaque, steady-on and twinkling, along with empty stringers in various lengths. This year I'm doing a custom 45 foot long string of "peppermint swirl" on the house for the holidays using red, white, and green opaque steady-on incandescent C9s.

Hallowaltz said...

Kmart still carries replacement ceramic bulbs if you dont want to go through the trouble of ordering a bunch online just to replace one.

Feeneys has a great selection too rot

Rot said...

Cool..good to know.
thanks!

The Creeping Cruds said...

The wife found that these are (or were?) readily available on Amazon and now we have a bunch of them saved and stored. Just posted a pic with these lights around our doorway arch at SF blog..
Now if they would only make them so the didn't explode when you look at them the wrong way!

Sara said...

Hallowaltz, great tip THANK YOU because our poor C9's were dead last Christmas due to trying to find replacement bulbs. I think we are going to throw down the money this Christmas and just buy them again and try and be very careful with them......I HAAAAATE LEDs....:(