Christmas Light Extension Cords Tips
Christmas just wouldn't be complete without extension cords - those versatile, indispensable accessories that connect your wondrous Christmas lights to the power that lights them up. Follow a few simple guidelines to select the right extension cords for your situation.
Plan and measure. Before you start any Christmas light display, think about where you want to place your lights, how you'll want to run electricity to them, how much wire length you'll need, and any special considerations such as tripping hazards. Measure the distances you need to run electrical cord, and be sure you get the right quantity of the right wire for your specific situation.
Choose a color that blends with your background. Green blends perfectly with outdoor foliage such as bushes and grass. Brown blends with wood-toned backgrounds both inside and out, from hardwood floors to tree trunks. White blends with many architectural surfaces such as gutters and fascia boards outside, to baseboards inside.
Choose an amp capacity sufficient for your use. Calculate your total wattage/amperage needs and then always aim to be around 80% of the line's maximum capacity to keep it performing well.
Choose the right length for the job. Standard extension cords come in lengths from 6 to 80 feet. Getting the right length for the job reduces tripping hazards and uses your wire most efficiently.
What about situations where you want to run power to multiple locations or have complex wiring configurations, but you don't want heaps of extension cords running across your lawn or up onto your roof? Solve longer and more complex wiring problems with custom-designed Christmas light zip cord and zip plugs. These do-it-yourself electrical wire accessories are easier to use than you may think, and allow you to control every aspect of your wiring situation. They also allow you to make the most of your limited outdoor electrical outlets.
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