Mini Light FAQ

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What does NEC mean?
NEC stands for NO END CONNECTOR, this means that sets stating they are NEC do not have both a male and female plug on each end of the string, just the male plug so you can power the sets. This means you cannot plug this set end to end. All Mini Lights sets have end connectors unless noted in description.

 

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How many sets of mini lights can you plug end to end?
Our sets (except for the Connect 6 sets) allow for 3 sets to be plugged end to end, and more than this and you can have bulb failure or even entire string failure.

 

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How Do I Calculate Amps for my Christmas Lights?
To calculate your amperage your may view our Amp Calculation Table page.  LED lights are by far the most efficient light product we carry.  More data will be displayed as we receive it.

 

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Will sets rated as Indoor only work outside?
Though we cannot guarantee the sets if they are used outside, we know for a fact that customers have used indoor rated sets outdoors with big success.

 

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What's the Battery Powered Mini Lights battery life?
Approximately 10 hours of constant use, these sets are not made for continuous use. We recommend trying our Battery Powered LED Sets, they used 2 AA batteries and will run constantly for 26 or more hours.

 

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What are Connect 6 Lights?
Commercial Connect 6 lights have end connectors that allow you to plug 6 mini light sets end to end. This allows you to cover more of an area without having to worry about having enough extension cords.

 

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How do you repair mini light strings?
Mini light are wired in series and, in a nutshell, if a bulb is removed or the connection is broken then that section of wire will go out. New mini light strings have shunted bulbs so if a bulb burns out the connection wont be lost, but if you have a section lights go out it's not because all those bulbs are no good it's just one bulb in that section has a bad connection. If you don't want to purchase our Commercial Mini Light Repair Box you can go through a unlit section and make sure all bulbs have a good connection.

 

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What Stackable Plugs?
Stackable plugs allows you to "Stack" the plugs of you lights onto one another. To view a page with picture descriptions of a stackable plug click here.

 

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What are Multifunction Lights?
Multifunction lights are mini lights have a controller that controls how the lights are lit. Some functions of the lights are Combination, In Waves, Sequential, Slo-Glo, Chasing/Flash, Slow Fade, Twinkle/Flash, Steady On.   

 

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Will mini light strings still work if a bulb burns out?
With our strings of mini lights they are all built with the "Shunted" Bulbs design. This is a term for a electrical design that allows the power to pass through the bulb even in the even the bulb has burned out.

Mini lights are wired in sections. A 50 light string of lights is a single section. A 100 light string is two sections. A 150 light string is 3 sections. And so on.

Apart from a bulb simply burning out there are other reasons that could cause a string to fail. Often fuses are blown. This occurs if there is a short or a overload of too many strings hooked together. The number one reason for string to have a failure is that a broken connection has occurred. This can happen from several reasons. The bulb is loose causing a broken connection because the wires that come out of the base of the mini light lose connection with the side of the socket. These will create the string to quit or cause a section to stop working.  Another cause of string failure is if the  bulbs have reached their life and have started to burn out and not been replaced causes a voltage change in the string. This voltage change due to the reduced number of working bulbs will cause the remaining bulbs to be subject to rapid burn out in effect destroying the complete string.

Mini lights sockets have a locking design that is to aid in keeping the bulbs tight. This design can be an internal or a external design. Regardless of the design of the lamp lock an external object such as a wall or tree branch can cause the mini light itself to be knocked loose. So installation method is very important in the design of you decoration plan.

 

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