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Cutting Your Light Tags?

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Whats the deal with mattress tags i tear mine off I remember being in a store when i was a kid and about tore tag off and parents almost had heart attack! I thought it said TEAR HERE! Who am i kidding i wanted to tear that tag off! lol

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I cut them off my lights, my extension cords,,,,,,,,evrythinggggggg..... Gives me a place to take out some aggression LOL..... Actually my wife is a neat freak and wants everything NICE & NEAT so I have to meet her in the middle and cut off the tags, cause she lets me do the lights. :D

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I leave the tag that informs you of the total wattage/amp draw the string is rated.........as that is the only way to know what the correct replacement bulbs are. For example, if the 100 bulb string is rated at .20 amps, which is 24 watts, you now know to use the 0.25W replacement bulbs. If the string is rated .34 amps,you now know to use the .42 W 170ma replacement bulbs, and if the string is rated 50 watts, you need the 0.5Watt, 200 ma bulbs..........cut that tag off, and it is all guesswork when you need to start replacing bulbs!!!!!! I even have about 20 super high quality commercial grade 75 watt {0.6 amps} 100 bulb strings that use 5 volt 0.75 watt bulbs {crazy bright} that without the tag, would be hard to remember the bulb specs when they need replacement bulbs a few years down the road. Some tags are well worth keeping!

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I agree about keeping the tags for the super brights. Replacing them without knowing it can be a real pain. Most of the time, when I open a new box of lights, I make sure I write with a marker on the male plug the number of lights and the length of the cord. On the female plug, I write the source, HD for Home Depot, GE, etc. Then I take the tags off. Usually enough room on the plug to include voltage of bulbs.

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