Rewiring Christmas Lights to shorten the strand


Old 01-03-05, 10:08 AM
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Cool Rewiring Christmas Lights to shorten the strand

I am attempting to help my girlfriend make some wine bottle lamps, and the one she saw had christmas lights in the I have been fine through cutting a hole in the back for the lights to fit, but the only lights I can find are TOO long (and also have the plug at both ends to connect multiple strands).

I'd like to know how to cut, and re-splice the strand (basically taking a chunk out of the middle, or the end since the female plug end is TOO big for my hole).

HELP!! Thank you in advance for any advice!!
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Old 01-03-05, 10:14 AM
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Depending on the voltage of the bulbs, this is probably a recipe for disaster. Unless each bulb is a 120-volt bulb (not true for very many light strands sold these days), the bulbs may explode if you remove some.
Old 01-03-05, 10:19 AM
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Thanks a bunch, John. I certainly would have found out the hard way!!
Old 01-11-05, 02:00 PM
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It may be a bit late for this, but you should be able to find strings of Christmas lights ( well, maybe not now, but closer to next Christmas! ) with as few as 25 lights and no plug on the other end. I have seen the greatest variety ( as far as string length, single color vs multi color vs clear, plugs on both ends or not ) at craft stores like Hobby Lobby.

I don't know if 25 lights would still be too many, but it might work out ok.

As an aside, my wife and I attended a craft show recently where someone had taken glass block, drilled a hole in it, then inserted a string of christmas lights. I thought that it was actually a pretty cool effect.

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