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jrbryant

Electrically challenged --- need help so I don't shock myself or burn the house down

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Alrighty... I'm already starting on a new project for 2011. For this project I need to cut some strands of (25 light) incandescent C9's into shorter strands... 5 lights per strand.

I took an old strand of C9's, cut off the five bulbs at the end of the strand... put a male plug onto the wires and plugged it in... everything seemed to be fine and dandy.

Questions:

1. I don't need or want the female plug at the opposite end of each strand... what do I do with the two wires after the 5th bulb?

2. Is creating 5 strands of 5 C9 bulbs safe to use if I properly terminate the ends of the wires?

3. Is that too much electricity running through the line for 5 C9 bulbs (each 5 light strand will be controlled via LOR)?

4. Would the answers be the same if I were to use incandescent C7's?

I know little to nothing about electricity... but am exceedingly respectful of it's power. I sure as heck don't want to create a hazard. Thanks in advance for your input! :)

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Alrighty... I'm already starting on a new project for 2011. For this project I need to cut some strands of (25 light) incandescent C9's into shorter strands... 5 lights per strand.

I took an old strand of C9's, cut off the five bulbs at the end of the strand... put a male plug onto the wires and plugged it in... everything seemed to be fine and dandy.

Questions:

1. I don't need or want the female plug at the opposite end of each strand... what do I do with the two wires after the 5th bulb? I like to separate the wires so there is no chancing of touching and put heat shrink tubing or electrical tape over the send so that it doesn't touch anything or each other and short out.

2. Is creating 5 strands of 5 C9 bulbs safe to use if I properly terminate the ends of the wires? I have been doing it for years with out an issue.

3. Is that too much electricity running through the line for 5 C9 bulbs (each 5 light strand will be controlled via LOR)? No

4. Would the answers be the same if I were to use incandescent C7's? Yes

I know little to nothing about electricity... but am exceedingly respectful of it's power. I sure as heck don't want to create a hazard. Thanks in advance for your input! :)

I have responded to your questions in RED. Please feel free to PM me if you have any more questions.

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Thanks as well, I've been wondering about this myself.

Is there a good place to buy the C9 parts (mainly the male and female ends) at a good price?

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Thanks as well, I've been wondering about this myself.

Is there a good place to buy the C9 parts (mainly the male and female ends) at a good price?

Thrift stores. The ones around here are loaded with c-9's and c-7's.

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You can buy the male and female ends from some of the regular vendors here: www.actionlighting.com , www.creative displays.com, etc. People here call them "vampire plugs" or SPT1 quick connect plugs. (You can also use the male and female ends to create your own custom length extension cords.)

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