Here's a customer question we just received today:
I'm new to this service.
I have installed Christmas lights on two very small homes, plus my own home. What's the best way to get started ???????
I have asked a few of my commercial accounts and they want quotes.
Since everyone's situation is different, this is a really tricky question to answer. Each city has it's own codes and guidelines. And the last thing you want is to finish installing lights on a house and have an unhappy customer.
Here was our answer:
Most people are asking this question before purchasing Mini Lights or LED Christmas Light Strings.
So this answer will relate only to those products like Mini Lights
or LED String lights.
The answer depends on the set of lights you are considering and is based on the wattage rating of the strand of lights.
Each string of lights that you see on our website should have a maximum connectivity
specification listed. That's the number of strings that you can one together end-to-end.
Posted by Shellie Gardner on 8/20/2013
This is a tricky question because the answer depends on what type of lights your are looking at.
(with series wiring - ie. mini lights, craft lights and pre-wired LED string lights)
string lights, it's important to stick with one family of lights in
series because LED and incandescent lights pull vastly different amounts
of current. (If you think of electricity as a river, current is a
measure of how much water is flowing.) LED's only need a little current
and if you run them in series with a much higher resistance traditional
string of mini lights then you run the risk of damaging your lights or
worse, starting a fire.