Gardening Texoma: Christmas lights

KXII Gardening Texoma Christmas Lighting Tips

1. Make sure you have enough power to carry your lights.
a. Think of it as 200 c-9’s is the max that you can carry on a 15 amp breaker (circuit).
b. 3200 minis is all a 15 amp breaker (circuit) can handle.
c. Never run more than 100 count strand (c-9) lights in sequence.
d. No more than 3- 25 ct (c-9) strands in sequence.
e. No more than 3 -100ct minis in sequence.

2. You cannot use mini lights as extension cords.
a. You always have to bring power to your lights.
b. You can put a 3-way splitter at the end of your extension cord to divide your electricity.

3. There are usually 3 sources of power in every newly built home (within the last 10 years).
a. front
b. back
c. Garage
d. One of the above is probably being shared with something else already being carried.
e. Cover the 3-way grounded connection with a plastic bag (water tight).

4. All outdoor outlets are GFI (Ground Fault Insulated). This means that if there is any kind of moisture or overload, it will trip the GFI outlet. More than likely that there are additional outlets connected to the original GFI.

5. Watts divided by volts = amps. This is a handy equation to remember if you want to do the math.

6. LED mini lights and C-9’s use only 10% of the electricity usage that traditional incandescent mini and c-9’s use.

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