Register free!
Search
 
     

The Green Industry's Resource Center


Click for Weather
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 11-22-2008, 05:09 PM
gartj gartj is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: longmont,co.
Posts: 22
Shortening LED lengths

After searching the threads and google I'm having a difficult time figuring out how to shorten the lengths of premade LED lights. I am a Commercial Landscaper and this is for my own house. I'm not interested in doing this for extra income as I have enough stuff going on in the off season. Any info would be greatly appreciated. The light sets were purchased from Ace Hardware and have 3 wires. Thanks beforehand. Also where would I find the plugs, if they can be used, to take some bulbs out that are not needed. Agian Thanks
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 11-22-2008, 11:10 PM
David Gretzmier David Gretzmier is offline
LawnSite Gold Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Fayetteville,AR
Posts: 3,654
I'm pretty sure you cannot shorten led strands. the two types out there, rectified and non rectified, work on either a/c or d/c after the rectifier. The a/c sets are divided by each light recieving tiny voltage, maybe 2-3 volts, by each bulb being run in parallel, not serial like c-9 sets. and the dc, I cannot even get into that. I'm pretty sure that rectifyer at the end of the run converts it back into a/c voltage and you cannot remove that.
__________________
freedom
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 11-23-2008, 09:33 AM
hotrod1965 hotrod1965 is offline
Sponsor
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: SE Michigan
Posts: 531
It can be done, but you will swiss cheese your sets and they wont last as long.

Just use black out caps or tape to cover up the extra bulbs.
__________________
The LED Warehouse
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 11-23-2008, 11:43 AM
gartj gartj is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: longmont,co.
Posts: 22
Can the plug in end be cut off then re-installed were needed making sure the wires are put together? on the same line they came off. Also were do you get the plugs? I have 1 run on a porch that is 5' long and the shortest line I can find is 25'. Thanks again
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 11-23-2008, 12:13 PM
hotrod1965 hotrod1965 is offline
Sponsor
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: SE Michigan
Posts: 531
Quote:
Originally Posted by gartj View Post
Can the plug in end be cut off then re-installed were needed making sure the wires are put together? on the same line they came off. Also were do you get the plugs? I have 1 run on a porch that is 5' long and the shortest line I can find is 25'. Thanks again
If they are just mini lights, just buy a 9 foot commercial mini set and hide the other four feet.
__________________
The LED Warehouse
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 11-23-2008, 02:00 PM
gartj gartj is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: longmont,co.
Posts: 22
C-9 LED, Where do you get the plugs?
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 11-23-2008, 07:01 PM
turf hokie's Avatar
turf hokie turf hokie is offline
LawnSite Silver Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Metro NY
Posts: 2,675
Quote:
Originally Posted by gartj View Post
C-9 LED, Where do you get the plugs?
The big box stores should have something that would work, I am not sure as I buy bulk. But I cant imagine, especially this time of year, that they would not have some sort of male/female zip plug in the electrical dept.
__________________
"What do you mean we canít get rid of those weeds in time? Then go over there and put some fancy signs with Latin names in front of them."
Walt Disney
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump





Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©1998 - 2012, LawnSite.comô - Moose River Media
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:58 AM.

Page generated in 0.08189 seconds with 7 queries