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Tom Fleming

C9 Sockets

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Tom Fleming    0

I'm ordering my strobes on Monday and Christmaslightshow is out of inventory on c9 sockets. I love how fast he ships so I was wondering if anyone knew a site that sells c9 sockets and ships extremely fast? Thanks guys.

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blndnwo2luv    24

If you want vampire sockets then order them online. I myself just use second hand strings that I get from the trash. If I want to add distance between the sockets, I just use matching bulk wire and {I think splice is the correct term} them in.

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TED    99

I'm ordering my strobes on Monday and Christmaslightshow is out of inventory on c9 sockets. I love how fast he ships so I was wondering if anyone knew a site that sells c9 sockets and ships extremely fast? Thanks guys.

 

http://www.actionlighting.com/c9-replacement-christmas-socket-pack-100pc-bag-100slac9skt/

 

http://shop.creativedisplays.com/GREEN-OR-WHITE-C-9-SOCKETS-FOR-ZIPCORD-IBSG-W.htm

 

Both of these are Planet Christmas vendors with a long history of good customer service.

 

TED

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qberg    118

I know for my strobes they are a bit heavy and pull the plastic ones off the wire enough to break the electrical conncection with the vampire teeth.    Has anyone tried the Bakelite twist on sockets.....I know they are a lot more expensive, but I am contemplating them for at least my mega tree.

 

www.christmas-leds.com carries them and you can find them on Amazon and others.

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JeffCarter    134

The old school C9's are 10 watts each. SPT-1 cord is rated for 7amps (84-10watt lamps) and SPT 2 cord is rated for 10 amps (100-10watt lamps). Although I wouldn't push it to the max.

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MEGA ARCH    2

One thing to keep in mind is most of the time we're just making extension cords with SPT cord. If you are putting the socket onto the spt cord, you are NOT fused with using a standard vampire plug. 99% of time, no biggie. However, to be safe, I started buying fused vampire plugs for my spt made stringers. Still use the standard ones for my extension cords. Only place I have found the fused plugs in stock is with Action Lighting. Including shipping was only $30 for 24. Cheap insurance. Their web-site wasn't working for ordering, so had to call them. Had them in hand the same week I ordered.

Just my thoughts.

Action Lighting

1-800-248-0076

Part # 100SPT1PLUGWM-F

$9.49 bag of 12 plugs with extra fuses

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TED    99

Do the old school c9 lights (7watts I beleive) fit the 100or 50 foot strings?? I hate you can only plug 3 twenty five ft sets in.

The old school C9's are 10 watts each. SPT-1 cord is rated for 7amps (84-10watt lamps) and SPT 2 cord is rated for 10 amps (100-10watt lamps). Although I wouldn't push it to the max.

 

You are both partially correct.  C9 bulbs can be either 7 or 10 watts.  Most of them are 7.  Typically it's only the much older bulbs that are 10 watts.  With very few exceptions (maybe none) any of the currently available bulbs are going to be 7 watts.  (Action Lighting used to have some 10 watt bulbs a few years ago but they don't anymore.  I haven't seen any other vendor selling 10 watt bulbs.) 

 

The sets of 25 that come from retail stores are made with 20 gauge wire.  The fuses in them will blow easily.  You are supposed to be able to connect 3 sets but if you do the fuse in the first set will blow.  (This will either happen when it is really really cold and windy so that you don't want to get on the roof, or when there is rain/sleet/snow that makes it unsafe to get up on the roof!)

 

If you are using 7 watt bulbs and 18 gauge SPT2 zip cord rated at 10 amps you can have 171 bulbs (call it 170).

(10 Amps * 120 volts = 1200 watts.     1200 watts / 7 watts = 171 bulbs.)

 

If you are using 7 watt bulbs and 18 gauge SPT1 zip cord rated at 7 amps you can have 120 bulbs.

(7 Amps * 120 volts = 840 watts.     840 watts / 7 watts = 120 bulbs.)

 

If you are using the retail store C9 strands made of 20 gauge wire you can according to the package connect 3 sets.  However if you do you will most likely find out about the bitter cold or the rain/sleet/snow I mentioned above!  I use an unfused set for the first set in order to connect 3 sets.  Some will consider this to be unsafe but the bulk reels are generally not fused and that's what all the commercial decorators use.  Keep in mind what Jeff said about not pushing it to the max.  These are just my opinions.  In the end you must decide what is safe for your display.

 

TED

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