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How to Change a Christmas Light Bulb

How to do it yourself Christmas lighting
Matt
Matt
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Posts: 4
7/4/2011 6:32:32 PM
Custom Light Strings
If a bulb has gone out or you just aren’t happy with the color of your strand anymore, changing it to something new is easy and fun.
Popular Color Schemes:
· Candy Cane (Red, White)
· Christmas (Red, Green)
· Halloween (Purple, Orange)
· Patriotic (Red, White, Blue)

You can change from incandescent to LED bulbs to save power, but you cannot change from a C7 to a C9 bulb due to socket base size.

To change your bulbs, follow these simple steps:
· Check the size of your current string’s bulbs
· Get a count of all the bulbs that need replacing on the string
· Purchase the new bulbs, allowing for a few extra just in case
· Unscrew the old bulbs and replace with the new bulbs
---Do not try to force lights into sockets. You may damage the bulb or the entire string.

Custom Christmas String Length
If you need to customize string length, it can easily be done in a few steps. Spools and strands are available in lengths from 25’ to 1000’ and can be cut into specific lengths to fit any area. Just remember to check how many amps your outlet and wire can handle when customizing your lights.

To create a custom Christmas light setting, follow these steps:
· Decide how long your string will be
· Ensure you have read up on power consumption
· Cut wire to desired length, and make sure there is a male and female plug at each end
---Shop for “Zip plugs” to find the male and female ends needed for custom lengths

It’s really that simple! In just a few steps, you can have a custom Christmas lights display. What are your ideas on custom light strings this year?


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Tina & Chris Johnson
Tina & Chris Johnson
Posts: 2
7/5/2011 1:11:44 PM
Matt; Please most more about custom lenghts, What kind of wire do you use, are you using C7/C9 Bulbs? Have you ever made your own mini lights or LED?
Chris Miller
Chris Miller
Posts: 0
7/6/2011 5:25:42 AM
Tina & Chris Johnson wrote:
Matt; Please most more about custom lenghts, What kind of wire do you use, are you using C7/C9 Bulbs? Have you ever made your own mini lights or LED?



Tina & Chris,


C7 or C9 wire is very easy to cut at any length you desire and works great on your roof line or to outline your driveway. You can purchase the spools (sockets and wire) in 1000' reels and cut to needed lengths. You need a male and female plug on each end of the strings. Zip plugs, http://www.christmaslightsetc.com/p/Green-Male-Zip-Plug-SPT1--13830.htm, are the easiest to use.

If you don't require 1000', then shorter strings are available that come with plugs. Note, not all will come with female end connectors due to power limitations.

For bulbs, you can use traditional c7 or c9 bulbs or c7, c9, or g20 led replacement bulbs. Most folks prefer c9's on the roofline. The g20's are great for bushes and trees and something that you won't see at your neighbor's house.

Rope light is another option for custom length strings. Most spools come in 150' to 200' lengths and can be cut at predetermined lengths (24", 36", etc). Check product for exact specifications.



Happy Decorating!
Gage
Gage
Posts: 12
9/11/2011 5:10:51 AM
I have treid to change lights somtimes the whole socket comes out and somtimes only the light does\
Kent Vosburg
Kent Vosburg
Posts: 152
9/11/2011 7:34:23 PM
Do this very long and you will find yourself making your own extension cords, and making your own custom length C7/C9 cords.

I was able to pick up some standard C7 cords from a garage sale... the only problem was 1 socket was bad. I tried several times/ways to fix that one socket without success. I happen to have a nice bad of C7 sockets and just clip it on, and bam back in business.

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