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OysterPoBoy
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City of St. George
Member since Jul 2013
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Do I have to wrap the connections for my outdoor Christmas lights?
They’re hanging on the roof. Do they need electrical tape or just let it ride?


FlyinTiger93
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re: Do I have to wrap the connections for my outdoor Christmas lights?
Wait until it rains, then touch the connection to see if you made the right choice.


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BigPerm30
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re: Do I have to wrap the connections for my outdoor Christmas lights?
I tape mine but I tend to leave them up until July.


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FearTheFish
LSU Fan
Member since Dec 2007
3007 posts

re: Do I have to wrap the connections for my outdoor Christmas lights?
I always wrap mine in duct tape to make sure water doesn't get in them. I'd rather be safe than have an entire series short out and then I have to replace that strand.


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C-Bear
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Member since May 2005
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re: Do I have to wrap the connections for my outdoor Christmas lights?
All of the crews that hang lights for money do, so it’s safe to say you should too.


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mtcheral
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BR
Member since Oct 2008
1347 posts

re: Do I have to wrap the connections for my outdoor Christmas lights?
I never have and have never had a problem.


mctiger1985
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Baton Rouge
Member since Oct 2009
3208 posts

re: Do I have to wrap the connections for my outdoor Christmas lights?
I do electrical tape, but always feel like I'm just wasting tape.


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pwejr88
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re: Do I have to wrap the connections for my outdoor Christmas lights?
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I never have and have never had a problem.


This. And I put up a TON of lights.


dltigers3
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re: Do I have to wrap the connections for my outdoor Christmas lights?
Is there any brand of lights that will last longer than 1 or 2 years? I feel like every year I am replacing the majority of my outdoor lights


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OleWarSkuleAlum
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re: Do I have to wrap the connections for my outdoor Christmas lights?
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Is there any brand of lights that will last longer than 1 or 2 years? I feel like every year I am replacing the majority of my outdoor lights


I predominately use the GE LED C9’s and they hold up nicely. You can change the individual bulbs and covers.


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NATidefan
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Two hours North of Birmingham
Member since Dec 2008
29756 posts

re: Do I have to wrap the connections for my outdoor Christmas lights?
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Is there any brand of lights that will last longer than 1 or 2 years? I feel like every year I am replacing the majority of my outdoor lights


Search for a online seller of commercial grade. You want screw in c7 or c9.

LINK
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LSU0358
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re: Do I have to wrap the connections for my outdoor Christmas lights?
If they aren't under the eve, yes then wrap them. It'll save you a tripped breaker.


OysterPoBoy
LSU Fan
City of St. George
Member since Jul 2013
16649 posts

re: Do I have to wrap the connections for my outdoor Christmas lights?
They didn't have any of the longer rolls so I had to get a bunch of 12 ft ones. Gonna be a lot of wrapping but I guess I'll give it a go.


Drop4Loss
Birds Eye Of Deaf Valley
Member since Oct 2007
3260 posts

re: Do I have to wrap the connections for my outdoor Christmas lights?
A quart ziplock bag wrapped around the plug connection, with the slide tab area pointed down has worked fine for me.

A lot faster. Just roll/mend the bag into the wire strand.

Ya cant even see it.


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pwejr88
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re: Do I have to wrap the connections for my outdoor Christmas lights?
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Is there any brand of lights that will last longer than 1 or 2 years? I feel like every year I am replacing the majority of my outdoor lights



They’re $2.50 a box.
I just yank them down every year and buy new ones to replace the ones that have stopped working.


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guedeaux
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Tardis
Member since Jan 2008
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re: Do I have to wrap the connections for my outdoor Christmas lights?
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Is there any brand of lights that will last longer than 1 or 2 years? I feel like every year I am replacing the majority of my outdoor lights


Its all about storage. I buy the cheap walmart lights. This year, I did not have a single strand that did not work. I had two with broken bulbs, but that took all of 10 seconds to fix. I was actually looking forward to having a few broken strands to use for parts for my octo-relays to automate/animate my trees.


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VanRIch
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Abita Springs, La
Member since Sep 2007
6690 posts

re: Do I have to wrap the connections for my outdoor Christmas lights?
I don't wrap mine, if it rains, it may trip the breaker but it's not often. Tripped breaker isn't a big enough deal to hassle with wrapping every plug.


guedeaux
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Tardis
Member since Jan 2008
12889 posts

re: Do I have to wrap the connections for my outdoor Christmas lights?
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I don't wrap mine, if it rains, it may trip the breaker but it's not often. Tripped breaker isn't a big enough deal to hassle with wrapping every plug.


Me neither. The only time I have had issues was when the yard flooded, and then I just had to press a reset button on GFCI and everything was back up.


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