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    Default Great prices on SPT-1 and Vampire plugs

    I was looking around today and found this: http://christmaslightshow.com/xcart/home.php?cat=29



    $85 for a 1000 foot spool of SPT-1 (Black)

    $5 for a 10 pack of vampire plugs SPT-1


    To me this seems like a great deal... what do you think?

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    Default Re: Great prices on SPT-1 and Vampire plugs

    I can't find anything close to this price at the big box stores so I concur that it's a good deal.

    Anyone know the difference between SPT1 and SPT2?
    There sure as hell *are* user-serviceable parts inside!

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    Default Re: Great prices on SPT-1 and Vampire plugs

    SPT-2 has thicker insulation but is generally the same wire gauge (typically #18 but there is also #16 too) and can carry more current than SPT-1. Be sure to use the correct connectors as you'll end up with bad (or no) connections if you mix them...
    Last edited by budude; 11-01-2009 at 01:19 PM.
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    Default Re: Great prices on SPT-1 and Vampire plugs

    At this point unless you need it for this year, I would wait unitl the CDI pre-order. Paul has better pricing than this and the cord is SPT3 (SPT2 with treatment for UV to protect against the sun) He also has better pricing on the vampire plugs as well. (BTW - Everything is green)

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    Default Re: Great prices on SPT-1 and Vampire plugs

    Who is Paul? How do I get in contact with him. I am need of wire and connectors.

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    Default Re: Great prices on SPT-1 and Vampire plugs

    Quote Originally Posted by N7XG View Post
    Who is Paul? How do I get in contact with him. I am need of wire and connectors.
    Check the Member Approved Vendors forum. CDI=Creative Displays, Inc.
    http://www.creativedisplays.com/
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    Default Re: Great prices on SPT-1 and Vampire plugs

    That is great wire pricing but we do offer better plug pricing, fwiw.

    I wish I could get wire at a rate to offer it that inexpensively.

    BTW, SPT3 is a thicker jacket and heavier gauge wire, the UV inhibitor has nothing to do with rating.
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    Default Re: Great prices on SPT-1 and Vampire plugs

    I too went down this road only to find their shipping outragious. I orderded $50 work of male and female connectors only tro find the shipping almost $40.

    I am also looking for another source.

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    Default Re: Great prices on SPT-1 and Vampire plugs

    Quote Originally Posted by N7XG View Post
    I too went down this road only to find their shipping outragious. I orderded $50 work of male and female connectors only tro find the shipping almost $40.

    I am also looking for another source.
    Yep - same here - got ready to get $56 worth of M/F plugs and then it added the $33 shipping fee (UPS-Ground)... ouch... I've been told though that once you actually order it puts the "real" shipping fee in which might drop down a lot - at least down to $20ish. I didn't need them that bad so I didn't try it - might want to call in the order and see what happens...
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    Default Re: Great prices on SPT-1 and Vampire plugs

    Instead of getting vampire plugs, I went to my local Menards (think Home Depot for you non-midwesterners) and got blue new construction outlet boxes for $.18 on sale (pull the nails out for a bonus) and an electrical outlet for $.38 and a cover plate for $.20. Break the tabs off between the 2 outlets and you have a plugin for 2 channels. Total of $.78 for 2 channels of power. No shipping.

    Much better quality than vampire plugs. I'll be running the SPT all the way from the SS24 board to the outlet.

    I know...the convenience of having a plug near the controller board would be nice in case you wanted to make changes, but I also like the $75 savings (for 96 channels) - no need to buy 6' extension cords or something else to have 24 plugs hanging out of the enclosure.
    Last edited by rkhanso; 11-22-2009 at 11:52 PM.

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