What do I do after I cut off my Christmas light cord?
You install a plug. A plug like this one. Note, this plug is only for cords that have SPT-2 insulation.
One class of products that make a Christmas light installation look truly professional is custom cut C7 and C9 Christmas light strings. Spools of 500 and 1000 foot C7 and C9 Christmas light cord are shipped without plugs so you'll need a handful of these male plugs if you are working with green SPT-1 Christmas light cords.
Male Gilbert plugs (also known as vampire plugs) are required hardware when working with 500 and 1000 foot spools like these:
Note, this SPT-2 plug is for 18 AWG wire only. See our black male SPT-1 plugs if you are working with the cords made with that insulation rating.
Installation is easy and quick. Simply clip the end of the 18 gauge cord and lay it into the channel on the top of the plug. Holding with one hand use your other thumb to slide the door closed. This can take some effort since the teeth inside the plug have to pierce the insulation.
What else do I need?
You'll need a method of termination. Either black electrical tape, Male Gilbert Plugs SPT-2 Black
, liquid tape or other option given to you by the master electrician you are working with.
Did you accidentally break the slide tab on your plug? We do sell green replacement tabs for these plugs.
You might consider adding a couple to your order, especially if you are a professional installer pressed for time and running several crews.