If you are using your bulbs seasonally, we recommend taking your lights down and storing them when not in use. The best and safest method for storage is to remove the bulbs from their sockets and return them to the box they came in. If you prefer to avoid that effort, we recommend gently coiling your light strings and storing them in a box with some foam or fabric between layers, being careful to avoid banging them against each other or hard surfaces. Always store your lights in a dry and relatively cool place.
To clean or polish your bulbs, use a damp microfiber towel or other soft cloth. Do not use any abrasive materials as they may scratch the color coatings on your bulbs.
Tru-Tone Bulb bases are resistant to corrosion, but when used outdoors for extended periods brass bases may begin to tarnish, appearing dull or discolored. To remove tarnish use a non-corrosive metal polish and a soft microfiber towel. Be careful not to apply this to the glass part of the bulb to avoid dulling or damaging the color coating.
In order to achieve their authentic look, Tru-Tone bulbs are colored using the same techniques and pigments that were used on vintage incandescent bulbs. All bulbs colored this way are susceptible to fading which is impacted by a wide variety of factors including: sun exposure, length of use, locale, and the color of the bulb itself. Our testing has shown all of our bulbs to be as good or better than the vintage ones they were tested with, and we are constantly looking for ways to improve the quality and longevity of our products while maintaining their important vintage details. That being said, please be aware that nothing is impervious to time and the elements. Here are some things to know about color fading that will help you make the most of your Tru-Tone bulbs.