Tru-Tone bulbs were offered as replacement bulbs in boxes of 25.
C7 MULTICOLOR CERAMIC
C7 CLEAR [ULTRA WARM-WHITE]
C9 MULTICOLOR CERAMIC
DELUXE, VINTAGE-STYLE 10-LIGHT BOXED SET
We believe there is an enormous opportunity for growth.
Tru-Tone bulbs are significantly better at replicating incandescent Christmas lights than all other available options.
Our vintage-style cord set (independant from the included bulbs) is likely the most substantial modern Christmas light set.
It is the only modern set with any distinguishing features or charming qualities.
We have demonstrated to have a unique and appreciated understanding of the mid-century vintage Christmas aesthetic that is absent from most modern products, and for which consumer demand appears large and growing. All of our marketing and packaging are vital supportive components to the product/brand.
There exists the potential for expansion beyond lights to other vintage Christmas/holiday products.
PRIMARILY FOCUSED ON A MORE DIY DIRECTION RATHER THAN COMPLETE SETS.
for example, in a retail environment a Tru-Tone display would showcase the illuminated lights and offer a selection of empty cord sets alongside boxes of bulbs in a variety of colors for you to ASSEMBLE your own perfect set of lights.
C7 and C9 offered in single-color, plus current MULTI color PACKS.
C7 and C9 offered in multi-color packs of JUST 5 bulbs to function as both less costly TRIAL purchaseS and for BROKEN BULB replacementS.
CLEAR (warm-white) BULBS
NOW in both c7 & c9 sizes
EMPTY CORD SETS
EMPTY-SOCKET CORD SETS IN 25 SOCKETS WITH OPTIONS IN BOTH C7 & C9 socket sizes.
POTENTIAL OPTIONS TO EXPLORE INCLUDING THOSE RATED FOR OUTDOOR USE.
GIFT BOX SETS of 10 LIGHTS
Probably more IDEAL FOR MANY SMALLER RETAIL SETTINGS. THE SAME GENERAL FORM AS OUR 2020 DELUXE LIGHT SET.
TO COMPLETELY ELIMINATE FLICKER
IMPROVED COLOR TEMPERATURE
SLIGHTLY LESS BRIGHT
.6 —> .5 watt?
FIRST DETERMINE IF THE ADDED BRIGHTNESS WAS VIEWED AS A BENEFIT VS. DETRIMENT.
ADJUSTMENTS TO CURRENT COLORS
ORANGE SHIFTED TOWARDS YELLOW.
RED, LESS ORANGE
INTERNAL COLOR PROCESS
ELECTRO-STATICALLY APPLIED INTERNAL Pigment FOR EXTRA DURABILITY IN AN OUTDOOR SETTING. PERHAPS ONLY FOR C9 OR FOR AN UPGRADED OPTION.
NEW BULB SHAPE
LOCATE AN existing, MORE-ROUNDED BULB SHAPE, OR EXPLORE THE COST OF A CUSTOM SHAPE. THESE SUGGESTED SHAPEs are MORE RETRO, CHARMING & ALSO MORE IDENTIFIABLE, which are all ADVANTAGES IN TERMS OF POTENTIAL COMPETITION.
for 2021 & BEYOND
ADDITIONAL BULB COLORS
YELLOW, PINK, TEAL & PURPLE
TRIPLE-COATED GLASS IN AT LEAST 5 COLORS. (red, amber, green, blue, purple). Determine if current straight LED filament is acceptable, or re-designED AS A custom filament as an inverted V shape. This new filament design could potentially be used across all TRU-TONE C7/ C9 bulbs, as it should prevent the slight filament-support-wire shadow that occurs currently and add a level of quality-control for this component.
S14 MEDIUM-BASE BULBS (PATIO LIGHTS, SIGN BULBS)
CERAMIC TYPE, TRANSPARENT COLOR, SATIN-FROST COLOR. IN SOLID COLORS, “red-WHITE-BLUE PATRIOTIC PACK“ PACKS OF 12
OUTDOOR / STANDARD CORD SET(s)
AT THE VERY LEAST, SELLING A superficially-CUSTOMIZED STANDARD 25 socket cord set in BOTH C7 and C9 sizes.
BELOW ARE OUR INITIAL TESTS FOR A LESS EXPENSIVE VINTAGE-STYLE CORD SET ALTERNATIVE TO THE DELUXE FABRIC-COVERED CORD SETS.
RATED FOR BOTH INDOOR AND OUTDOOR USE, THESE COULD BENEFIT FROM MODIFICATION TO THEIR SOCKETS WITH A NEW EXTERIOR MOLD TO HAVE A MORE VINTAGE APPEARANCE, SUCH AS A HEXAGONAL SHAPE, ALONG WITH A STACKABLE MALE PLUGS.
[ALSO SHOWN: OTHER POSSIBLE COLORWAYS.]
DELUXE FABRIC-COVERED CORD SETS
The same or similar design as our popular 2020 vintage-style sets.
Lack of UL / ETL listing may be an obstacle for larger retail establishments.
Timeline for testing IS AROUND 6 MO. from the SUBMITTING FUNCTIONAL PROTOTYPE SO challenging TO OBTAIN PRIOR TO MANUFACTURING THIS YEAR.
Additional Cost will VARy BETWEEN TESTING LABORATORIES and only viable with 10,000+ sets.
CAN CONTINUE TO SELL ONLINE WITHOUT obtaining LISTING. SETS WERE MADE ENTIRELY WITH UL/ ETL TESTED COMPONENTS.
NEW SETS OFFERED WITH 25 EMPTY SOCKETS IN BOTH RED & GREEN OR GREEN & GREEN wire In C7 and perhaps also C9 sizes (not for outdoor use).
FOIL LIGHT REFLECTORS
Vintage-style DIE-cut and formed aluminum foil star/flower shaped reflectors. Cardboard insulating ring aroung hole. SOLD in packs of 10 or 12 for use with C7 bulbs.
Composed of 2 halves of the same stamped metal star, bolted together around a 5 socket set of C7 size lights. BEST from metal, but could be made from chromed vacuum-formed plastic due to the lack of heat from TRU-TONE bulbs.
EMULATING UNIQUE VINTAGE LIGHT BULBS WITH CLIP-ON PLASTIC COVERS.
TWO SUGGESTED STYLES ARE “LIGHTED ICE” & BIRD SHAPES. Plastic bell-shaped covers in off-white or red.
VACUUM-FORMED PLASTIC DECORATIONS
Vintage-style Printed, vacuUM formed, cut plastic decorations with flat back and internally lit with TRU-TONE lights. TYPICALLY WALL MOUNTED.
A variety of design options exist including Santa face, reindeer, lantern, bells, “SEASON’S GREETINGS” signs more.
PRINTED CARDBOARD DECORATIONS
Large-format lithography printed flat or dimensional decorations. Santa standees. Santa head. Reindeer standees. Vintage-style cardboard fireplace.
COMPATIBLE VOLTAGE & PLUGS
CANADA IS LIKELY THE ONLY INTERESTED MARKET THAT CAN USE THE SAME VOLTAGE AS THE U.S.
EUROPE & AUSTRALIA ARE BOTH INTERESTED MARKETS BUT WOULD REQUIRE A 240 V VERSION OF BULBS AND DIFFERENT PLUGS FOR ANY CUSTOMIZED CORD SETS
ESTABLISH LOCAL RESELLERS
Perhaps best to arrange for international sales to be exclusively sold through reseller partners.
ANother option for the UK might potentially be to partner with NOMA UK(an original christmas lighting company), even re-branded as a NOMA product.
WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR
>GUIDANCE WITH GROWTH / PROFIT FACTORS
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