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Russ

Hiding Mini Lights

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Whenever I lay out string of mini lights, on trees, the windows, etc...I always have several inches, maybe a foot or so, of extra lights dangling off the end.

As much as I try and evenly distribute the lights, I always have extra.

Does anyone have recommendations on how to hide the extra part hanging off the front windows?

I thought about wrapping them up in a plastic grocery bag and taping/tyeing them someplace less obvious.

I'd even consider cutting the wires, but I'm not certain how to terminate 3-wire mini strings.

Of course, I'm open to any other creative ideas you have.

Thanks.

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i always start with the end of the string when i start to put one up so that i can control what all i'am puting up

and black tape works just fine around the bulbs

-Drew

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Black electrical tape, I agree.

Just take it off before you take down the lights

Scott

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I use black out caps which you can find in most stores in the seasional department. Black tape does work great but can be very messy taking it off. Last year I got so frustrated with taking the tape off some of my sets I just threw them aways. Black caps are reusable.

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There is a link on one of the forums that takes you to z Blackout Caps:

http://www.aachristmas.com/vpasp/shopdisplayproducts.asp?id=248

My question is how many of them do you guys normally use? This comes in a 30 Pack and just doesn't seem like enough when using some 20,000 lights!

I'm a rookie, I admit it.

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AlanMChristensen wrote:

There is a link on one of the forums that takes you to z Blackout Caps:

http://www.aachristmas.com/vpasp/shopdisplayproducts.asp?id=248

My question is how many of them do you guys normally use? This comes in a 30 Pack and just doesn't seem like enough when using some 20,000 lights!

I'm a rookie, I admit it.

Darryl Brown at christmaslightshow.com sells them cheaper and in bigger packages. He also sells them in color. This is where many PCers get them.

http://www.christmaslightshow.com/xcart/home.php?cat=4

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Here's my take on extra lights...

If you have a part of a string left and it looks odd you don't have enough lights...

Thats partly why my entire house gets covered with lights. say I'm outlining my windows and the string only gets partway well of course you have to add another string. When I have a little left over I start to overlap. If that looks strange I add another string and overlap everything untill you don't notice the leftover . Thats just what works for me and it helps get your light count up:]

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If you have a walk through display, and want everything to look nice in the day time, use black out caps. If you have a drive by display, and nobody is that close to the lights, save your money and use electrical tape. But take my advice and buy the better electrical tape, not the $.69 stuff, you will be glad you did.;)

Bill

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Toymakr000 wrote:

Here's my take on extra lights...

If you have a part of a string left and it looks odd you don't have enough lights....:laughing:

You have a real sickness there ,ya know.:laughing::laughing::laughing::laughing::laughing:

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Russ wrote:

Whenever I lay out string of mini lights, on trees, the windows, etc...I always have several inches, maybe a foot or so, of extra lights dangling off the end.

I'd even consider cutting the wires, but I'm not certain how to terminate 3-wire mini strings.

Don't cut mini strings! The one exception to that is that strings of 100 can be cut into 2 sets of 50 IF you know exactly what you are doing.

As for the leftover part if you are going around a window just keep going and overlap a bit. It won't be noticable from the street. Alternately you can use black out caps or black electrical tape over the undesired bulbs. And of course, "If you can't fix it DUCT it!"

TED

P.S. GEEZ THIS THREAD IS FROM 2006! Who revived this!??

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Toymakr000 wrote:

Here's my take on extra lights...

If you have a part of a string left and it looks odd you don't have enough lights...

Thats partly why my entire house gets covered with lights. say I'm outlining my windows and the string only gets partway well of course you have to add another string. When I have a little left over I start to overlap. If that looks strange I add another string and overlap everything untill you don't notice the leftover . Thats just what works for me and it helps get your light count up:]

Let me guess...by applying the same logic: the carpeting starts in the den, runs through your living room, out the front door, down the steps, across the drivewayand out to the sidewalk?

"It just didn't look right stopping halfway through the dining room!"

:laughing:

Edit: Come to think of it...that would RULE! Talk about lush! :)

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:laughing::laughing:ChuckHutchings wrote:

Toymakr000 wrote:

Let me guess...by applying the same logic: the carpeting starts in the den, runs through your living room, out the front door, down the steps, across the drivewayand out to the sidewalk?

"It just didn't look right stopping halfway through the dining room!"

:laughing:

Edit: Come to think of it...that would RULE! Talk about lush! :)

You forgot the deck out back.I love carpet on my deck.:laughing::laughing::laughing:

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