Xmas mini lights/art glass


Old 12-06-04, 02:38 PM
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I'm wanting to cut up a 100 light/3 wire mini-lite set into 10 light strings...my attempts have failed...any thoughts...or suggestions for low watt/heat+low cost options to backlight a small piece of cast art glass? thanx, john
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Old 12-06-04, 03:36 PM
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The reason that you cannot cut up a string of minilights is that the bulbs are actually low voltage bulbs.
If you take the number of bulbs in a continuous string and divide it INTO 120 volts, the result will be the approximate actual voltage of the bulb.
Some strings will divide the load into 2 or 3 circuits but doesn't matter here.

You will need to find a string that comes prewired in the length you need.
You might want to look for an LED string of lights that are becoming popular.
Virtually no heat and last almost forever.

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Old 12-06-04, 07:29 PM
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He could buy a resistor for radio shack for the correct ohmage to reduce voltage to the proper ammount, put that in a the beginning of the circuit before the lights.
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Too dangerous and also needs to be the correct wattage and would get quite hot.
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Dangerous if you have no electronic experience. I agree, it would need to be of correct specifications.
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It would be much safer to just buy a 12volt wall wart with enough current for the 10 lights. I have no idea how many amps the light would draw.

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