Using the correct hardware for your Christmas light project can make the difference between a good and a great display. Choose plugs, extension cords and color caps to make a good outdoor Christmas light design the bet it can be. (After all, isnâ€™t having the best lights your street, your goal?)
Make sure you take the following specifications into account a you choose your hardware:
Thickness of insulation: Is your stringer wire standard SPT-1 or the thicker SPT-2? Check your insulation - the classification should be printed on the cord.
How do I terminate a Christmas light cords?
If you or your master electrician (who you should consult on all custom electrical projects) is cutting your cord to length a great and more permanent solution than electrical tape on the end of your cords is to quickly and easily install a female gilbert plug in a color that matches your stringer wire.
Do I need a special plug for SPT-2 stringer wire?
Since SPT-2 wire is a more durable cord with thicker insulation, youâ€™ll need to choose a plug to fit over the slightly larger wire diameter.
What hardware do I need to cut 18 gauge wire to length?
I need to skip a space with mini lights but I donâ€™t want to run an extension cord with a second set. What do you suggest?
You could use black electrical tape but you do have a better alternative. Our black color caps have been a favorite with commercial installers and designers for over 6 years. Just snug a black cap over every mini light you want to "erase". You can quickly and easily make your display look clean and finished.