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Holiday Lighting Cutting mini lights???

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by NightLightingFX, Nov 19, 2007.

  1. NightLightingFX

    NightLightingFX LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 580

    I know you aren't supposed to cut mini light strings but I did, and now need some advise. I was doing a favor for a friend putting up some holiday mini lights. I had extra lights so I cut them. I was thinking along what I do with C9 and C7 strings. (I learned my lesson this is why I should ONLY use my lights) The string of lights I cut has 3 wires. Once I cut the string all the lights on that string don't work. I am assuming all I need to do is complete the circuit by connecting one of the 3 wires to another. I would assume it is two ground wires and one hot. Is that right? The lights are already strung up and I don't want to take down and redo. I hope it isn't too dangerous to fix this problem. Thanks
    Night Lighting FX
  2. Mike M

    Mike M LawnSite Bronze Member
    from usa
    Messages: 1,988

    LOL I did the same thing last year on my house. Worse then a rubics cube.
  3. wurkn with amish

    wurkn with amish LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 662

    If you cut minis find where the three wires go to 2 thats where you cut. but I havent been able use the second half.
  4. NightLightingFX

    NightLightingFX LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 580

    What is the best way to figure out which 2 wires to connect? I have a 50% chance of getting it right. If I connet the wrong wires togather what will happen? I guess the worst thing is that I blow a fuse. I guess I will do a continuity test to figure out which wire is hot. On plug-in sockets is the larger prong ground? or is the larger prong hot?
  5. David Gretzmier

    David Gretzmier LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,645

    I just gotta think, mini-lights are 2 bucks a box of 100 at wally world, and a buck a box on sale at hobby lobby. is it worth it? dave g
  6. NightLightingFX

    NightLightingFX LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 580

    I already have the lights strung up and I had to use a stapple gun because the lights were to small to fit into the clips. Again since I didn't use my products it turned into a CLUSTER MUCK! I figured out how to wire it. Just cut off at the female end right before one light and re-wire. It is simple however, it took me a while to figure it out. Thanks for the input
  7. Nate@TLCS

    Nate@TLCS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 97

    I feel dumb asking this but wich wires go where after you cut them? back to the plug(female)... cut the female away from the extra lights and rewire accordingly? I know I am just not catching somthing here.
  8. TPnTX

    TPnTX LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,775

    [On plug-in sockets is the larger prong ground? or is the larger prong hot? ]

    Neither is ground! One is common but both are hot in terms of...hot!

    Lol you been looking at DC current way too long :)
  9. johnh

    johnh LawnSite Member
    Messages: 34

    Ned, two of the wires just carry the hot and common through to the plug at the other end. The other wire is your bulb wire connecting all the bulbs. Here's the problem, beacuse the lights are wired in series, they are designed to have a specific number of lamps (resistors) on the string, if that number changes, you could have all sorts of other problems. I would replace that string, as difficult as that may be. Having said that, if you want to identify the bulb wire, I would use a tone tester, remove the second last bulb, and connect your tone emitter, then test cut ends of the wires. Only one should be "dead", then remove the last bulb and tone test again, the one that had tone before, and now doesn't should be your bulb wire. Hope this helps.

  10. NightLightingFX

    NightLightingFX LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 580

    That makes sense. I experimented at home and got it to work(but there was the proper amount of lights). When I went to the work site it didn't work I thought I figured it out. Instead more frustation. I just replaced the lights with something that worked. Why do those mini lights work alot of time when one light is burned out. And then sometimes when you replace a broken or burn out light on a string that doesn't work it works again. Is there a rhym or reason to the mini lights?

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