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Decorate safely for a wonderful holiday.MiniLight Comparison

Just how many holiday lights can be strung together without blowing a fuse?

UL listed lights state a maximum of 210 watts can be connected when using 22 gauge wire (the thinnest wire in use, typical of mini-lights). In this case, most traditional incandescent Christmas mini lights only allow you to connect 4 or 5 sets end to end but with many LED mini light strings you can connect 40 to 50+ together depending on the light count.

Consider your circuits:

  • Most household circuits are 15 or 20 amps
  • 15 amp circuits support 1,800 watts at 80% capacity (maximum recommendation)
  • 20 amp circuits support 2,400 watts at 80% capacity (maximum recommendation)

Calculate your total number of bulbs times their wattage to plan maximum string connections and outlet capacity. Visit this great site to learn more about holiday lighting details like comparing the cost to run older incandescent lights to new LED lights.

New Year - new you. Make a resolution to complete this safety checklist.

ESFI Safety ChecklistYou make a plan to improve your health, a plan to save money for a trip, a plan to call mom more often. Here's a plan you can live with! From our friends at ESFI. Take this 10 minute safety check and make a plan to make changes for peace of mind.

Here's why a broom is indespensible after a snow storm. Keep those meters and vents breathing easy.Keep Meters and Vents Clear of snow