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roknjohn
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Can someone please post a picture of a sealed M5 LED vs an unsealed one? I want to see the difference.

If I understand correctly, sealed bulbs cannot be replaced. LED burn outs may be uncommon but what about breakage? I broke quite a few minis during teardown this year when some strings fell on concrete. Are LEDs as fragile as glass mini icans?

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So can you tell that they are sealed by just looking at them? It still looks like a two piece construction. Are they just glued in?

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Dennis Cherry

Look where the 2 wires enter the socket in the bottom, the sealed lights have the socket formed around the wires, not have an opening to insert a wire with wiggle room.

Also most of the replaceable LED lights are unsealed as that are made just like the mini's using a polarized socket instead. Also being replaceable it is easy for water to enter the socket around the LED light. Sealed lights you cannot remove the LED from the socket.

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I'm more of a visual person I guess. Whenever you have pictures, please post. Until then, see of this is correct. There is potentially two places where water can enter the socket, 1) around the bottom where the wires attach, and 2) between the socket and bulb.
Water can be prevented from entering around the wires by having a molded base, ie the plastic is formed around the wires. To prevent water from entering from the top, the bulb is sealed into the socket - but how? Is it Glued or is it molded as well - as in one piece?

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Dennis Cherry

roknjohn wrote:

I'm more of a visual person I guess. Whenever you have pictures, please post. Until then, see of this is correct. There is potentially two places where water can enter the socket, 1) around the bottom where the wires attach, and 2) between the socket and bulb.
Water can be prevented from entering around the wires by having a molded base, ie the plastic is formed around the wires. To prevent water from entering from the top, the bulb is sealed into the socket - but how? Is it Glued or is it molded as well - as in one piece?

It is molded not glued. Glue is not the best way to seal LED from water intrusion.
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You have some appliance plugs around your house that are molded onto the cord, right? Well thats what the sealed LEDs look like. Now if you have ever seen a plug on a cord that was a home made extension cord or a plug was destroyed and someone installed a new plug. Well that is what a non-sealed LED looks like.

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LED lighting is becoming mainstream and luminaire--makers are jumping on the bandwagon with viable products now that the technology is more widely understood.

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Roger Leon Forbes

You may have to cut one set up but you can always splice another LED in, just make sure you have the polarity right. This can be checked with a 9 volt bty. I have spliced in several and never had a problem with it.

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