The forlorn request again... Whilst I expect that the answer, on the American High Street is no, or it would have been shouted loud in this forum, on-line supply is plentiful and relatively inexpensive, for new, used, and NOS items. If you keep the actual item cost below $25.00, you should escape customs (p&p doesn't count towards import duties). Many sellers on eBay now use (read eBay want them to use) a service from a 3rd party which deals with all the export and import paperwork and excise duties up-front so you know in advance what it will cost. Now sign in to eBay and look at these selected items (from my watch list), all from sellers who will post to UK. All are BIN, so no waiting for auctions to end, and being outbid at the last moment. So go on... Indulge yourself - you know you want to. If you're quick, you can have them for this Christmas.
Vintage Christmas MINI bUbble lights 10 strings - WORKS
( 351234754238 ) ?19.07 + ?11.71 p&p + ?nil import duty
Red Green Classic Multi Color Christmas Bubble Light Set with 7 Lights New
( 400813120030 ) ?15.89 + ?9.23 p&p + ?nil import duty
Christopher Radko Bubble-Lite Bubble Light, Light Strand, Set of 7 New
( 281457389904 ) ?29.87 + ?7.55 p&p + ?9.24 import duty
MIDWEST Christmas Bubble Light Lites Set Of 7 New in Box
( 251702672552 ) ?15.89 + ?15.90 p&p + may be subject to import duty
Kurt Adler Classic 14 Bubble Light Set Christmas Tree Lights - Lot Of 2 bxs
( 400800964404 ) ?30.21 + ?10.31 p&p + ?9.20 import duty
New Set of 7 Christmas Tree Bubble Lights
( 161480732396 ) ?13.99 + ?25.39 p&p + ?nil import duty
Radko BUBBLE-BRITE LIGHT SET 7 LIGHT 4025414 Shiny Brite New
( 390904776607 ) ?34.30 + ?8.55 p&p + ?10.33 import duty
7 Foot Bubble Light Set - Christmas Tree - Red and Orange Color - 7 Light Set
( 231334372035 ) ?13.32 + ?9.17 p&p + ?nil import duty
7 Foot Bubble Light Set - Christmas Tree -Clear with Silver Glitter- 7 Light Set
( 321525626227 ) ?13.32 + ?9.17 p&p + ?nil import duty
All the above prices have been converted to Sterling on the day I scraped the details from eBay, so there might be small changes now.
All these American bubble lights are 120v, so you will need, if you don't already have one, one of these:
NEW STEP DOWN VOLTAGE CONVERTER TRANSFORMER 240V TO 120V 100W USA TO UK
( 191131017834 ) ?14.29 + ?free p&p from UK no import duty
This will run one set of seven bubble lights continuously, or two sets for shorter periods. Three sets will have it running rather warm if left on too long.
Most modern bubble light sets I have seen have short tails to the plug, so you might want something like this, so you don't have to have the autotransformer right under your tree.
American Motorhome RV 110Volt 15ft White Extension Lead
( 180745938422 ) ?8.50 + ?3.20 p&p from UK no import duty
Finally, this UK seller is selling this complete package, including autotransformer.
Vintage Coloured Crystal Christmas Bubble Lights 14 Bulb FULL SET UP MEGA DEAL!!
( 271682405862 ) ?89.99 + ?7.99 p&p from UK no import duty
I have to state here I have no connection whatsoever with any of the sellers of the items above. If you decide to buy from one of these sellers, caveat emptor
, and abide by eBay's rules.
This was all researched when I decided to indulge myself with a set of bubble lights. My final decision on what to buy was based almost entirely on the picture of the girl on the box! See picture below. It's the picture from the eBay listing. I'll post a picture of them lit and bubbling a bit nearer Christmas.
On a more general note, I believe we're unlikely to see bubble lights re-introduced into UK shops. Previous attempts have failed, and with no interest in Europe, and the demise of Noma UK, I don't think anybody will take the plunge in paying out for a SE Asian manufacturer to make sets suitable for UK electrical regulations, not to mention any health and safety regulations (COSHH) relating to the use of methylene chloride, without knowing they're going to sell. Even when they were available in the UK (1950s or earlier) they were not popular. I've only ever seen one British branded set turn up on eBay.