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How do you determine the perfect length of Christmas lights?

Last Updated: 31st May, 2020

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When decorating your house eaves, a simple rule is to start with at least 60-feet of string lights. Add another 10- to 12-feet for every awning you plan to light. If you have the time and patience, you can measure your eaves and awnings with a measuring tape to get the most precise necessary length of string lights.

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Also question is, how many feet of Christmas lights do I need for my house?

A good rule of thumb is 100 lights for every 1-1/2-ft of tree or shrub you want to cover. So a 6-ft evergreen needs at least 400 lights for a basic level of lighting.

One may also ask, how long are Christmas lights? So here's an honest answer to the question: A string of top-quality, professional grade Christmas lights can reasonably be expected to last for roughly 6 or 7 seasons. That assumes that the lights are removed and stored during the off-season, and not left up year round.

Moreover, can I cut Christmas lights to length?

The lights are designed so each bulb receives all 120 volts and each bulb has a direct route to power, meaning they can be cut to any length without overpowering and burning out bulbs. With the lights unplugged cut wires with wire cutters between the bulbs and cap each end with wire connectors.

Why does only half of my LED Christmas lights work?

If one of your LED light strands isn't working, it's probably just because it has a bad bulb. If one bulb dies, it can cause the rest of the strand to stop working. The only way to fix the problem is to find the bad bulb. Sometimes only a section of the lights will go out, making your job pretty easy.

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Dayanara Descals

Professional

Are Christmas Lights series or parallel?

In other words, holiday lights are both in series and in parallel. Let's see what this looks like: This way, when one series of bulbs becomes defective -- say, from a loose bulb -- it should have no effect on any of the other series of bulbs, since they are in parallel to the defective series.

Kadir Bura

Professional

What happens if you string too many Christmas lights together?

Because light strings have a maximum wattage capacity, which is why many string lights come with a little fuse just in case you connect too many together at once. The fuse is designed to blow so you don't overload and damage your Christmas lights. This happens when your wattage exceeds the amp capacity of the circuit.

Rosemberg Villiers

Explainer

Why are there 3 wires on Christmas lights?

Removing a bulb (or twisting it until the wires break) removes the shunt as well, so they all go out. These lights have three wires to carry electricity from end to end so that strings of lights can be daisy-chained together.

Stalin Bawtrukevitch

Explainer

What gauge wire are Christmas lights?

The lower the gauge, the thicker the wire.
Mini lights use 22 gauge wire. C7s and C9s generally use 18 gauge wire. Specialty bulbs have a large base that requires them to be on 12 gauge wire.

Cherly Mahrenholz

Explainer

What is the difference between spt1 and spt2 wire?

There is only one thing that separates SPT1 and SPT2 and that is the thickness of the coating on the wire. The difference in the two wire is the thickness of the insulation around the wires. SPT1 has a thickness of .030 around the 18 gauge wire. SPT2 has a thickness of .

Abran Heron

Pundit

What is the best brand of outdoor Christmas lights?

Our Top Picks
  • Best Overall: Hofert Everglow Clear White Wire Light Set at Amazon.
  • Best Budget: Home Accents Clear Light Set at Home Depot.
  • Best Icicle Lights: The Holiday Aisle Mini Icicle Light at Wayfair.
  • Best Snowflake Lights: White Snowflake LED Fairy Lights at Amazon.

Yaisa Queta

Pundit

What are the best Christmas lights to buy?

Here are the best holiday lights you can buy:
Best holiday lights: Good Tidings Light Ceramic Multi-Colored Holiday Lights. Best light projector: MIMIVIVA Christmas Laser Lights Outdoor Projector. Best solar holiday lights: VMANOO Solar Powered String Lights. Best mini holiday lights: Brizled LED Mini String Lights.

Bounama Aarle

Teacher

How do you hang Christmas lights on a house without gutters?

Plastic Clips are Your Friend
Instead, use plastic clips. There are a variety of clips that let you hang Christmas lights without causing damage to your roof or sides of your home. They work by clipping onto the gutters, shingles or eaves of your home.

Messaoud Piloo

Teacher

What is the brightest Christmas lights?

The Brightest and Most Durable Christmas Lights. Conical 5mm Wide-Angle LEDs are the most durable and brightest Christmas lights available.

Wladimir Breymeier

Teacher

How can I hang Christmas lights without clips?

Method 1 Hanging Lights with Hooks or Clips
  1. Choose gutter hooks to quickly hang lights along your gutters.
  2. Opt for shingle tabs to position the lights on top of your roof.
  3. Use adhesive clips or hooks if you have siding or other smooth surfaces.
  4. Leave 6–8 in (15–20 cm) of space between each hook or clip.

Nidae Niñoles

Reviewer

How long is a 100 light string of Christmas lights?

Products specifications
Light Color Clear
Bulbs Per Set 100
Bulb Spacing 6 Inches
Wire Color White Wire
Total String Length 50 Feet

Bozena Rodenkirchen

Supporter

How many LED lights can I string together?

For example if your light string is rated at 20 watts, then you can run a maximum of 10 strings together in series. Now you can see why LED light strings can be run with so many more in series than traditional incandescent mini lights that require up to 10 more times the power to operate.

Reinier Graevens

Supporter

Can you trim LED Christmas lights?

Short Answer: No, you can't lengthen or shorten standard series-wired incandescent and LED Christmas tree light strings that are made with 2 or 3-wire harnesses. Even if they work at first, they won't last long.

Mushtaq Rengarajan

Beginner

How can I fix Christmas lights without a tester?

Try running your hands along the lights, and if they flicker on or off at one point, start testing the bulbs in the area you were just touching. If they don't, you'll just have to start at one end and work your way down. Pull out one bulb at a time, and stick a piece of folded up foil into the bulb socket.

Iozsef Arizaga

Beginner

Can I cut LED Strip Lights?

LED Strip Lights can be cut at 5 or 10 cm intervals, depending on the type of strip light purchased. The "cutting points" are clearly marked with a straight line. To seperate your strip lights, cut along the line using a pair of scissors or craft knife.

Szabolcs Galache

Beginner

Can I cut LED string lights?

NEW style of tiny LED string lights which are waterproof so they can be used under water and are amazing! Lights can be cut down to any desired length just by using a pair of scissors.

Darrel Deacon

Beginner

Can I leave battery fairy lights on all night?

These battery operated led light strings have an on/off switch on the batter box. No worries even if the light string is left on all night. It is suggested that the light string be turned off when not in use to extend battery life. Be safe and use the battery operated LED string lights.

Loriann Maraver

Beginner

Why do LED Christmas lights burn out?

In one study, all the bulbs in an LED light string remained fully lit after 4,000 hours of use, whereas one or two bulbs in an incandescent light string burned out before half that time. A main reason LEDs are so long-lasting is because unlike incandescents, they don't have filaments which can heat up and burn out.

Ivelisse Quaroni

Beginner

How do I know if my Christmas lights are LED?

If it is almost hot to the touch, it will be an incandescent bulb. If it is almost cool or barely warm to the touch, it will be an LED light. Once you know what type of lights you have, you can proceed with your Christmas decorating and be sure that all your replacement bulbs are the right type.