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I have a few strings of C-9 25 ct. Can I cut thee down to use the sockets for strobes? I don't think you can cut the C-9 to just shorten the strings with out over powering the bulbs. I am not sure on the strobes how they are rated for each single bulb. Any one haing experience with the strobes please reply.

Thanks

Terry

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As long as the strings are not LED, yes you can cut them down to what ever number you like. I have some strings of 20 strobes and have had no issues at all.

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You can cut them to any length.I do this to the C9 strings for my strobes.I remove all the bulbs and cut them down to various lengths.The empty sockets I don't use are filled with caulking/ clear silicone.I also use vampire plugs to make 3 or 4 strings out of a single string.Hope that helps. :)

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Terry,

You can cut C-9 regular bulb strings into any length you want. They are wired in Parallel so each bulb gets 120v. I have had success with taking the sockets apart and re using them. They are a vampire type so you can put them anywhere you want on the wire. I believe you can use SPT 2 wire but I'm NOT sure on that.

Good Luck,

Terry Miller

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I believe you can use SPT 2 wire but I'm NOT sure on that./QUOTE]

I know for a fact it's SPT1 wire

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