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Old 09-01-2013, 08:06 PM   #1
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my fiancee bought some outdoor string lights for our backyard wedding. my job to install them. she bought a bulk strand, 330' with 165 bulb sockets. realizing the electrical load would be an issue, i had her buy 11w bulbs, which should allow me to utilize the existing 20amp circuit safely, i think, since there is only 4 unused outlets and 3x65w bulbs currently on the circuit.

it came with no plug attached, assuming the installer would either add the plug or hardwire it directly to a switch. the end is 2 wires, one black, one white, 14gauge wires. What sort of plug can I use to terminate this? polarized, non-polarized, does it matter?

If i want to divide this single 330' strand into 2 separate strands, is this possible? the end of the strand looks to terminate very simply, just not sure what happens to the two wires (it doesn't end at a socket, it ends 12" past the last socket in the line). would the two wires get capped individually, or do they need to connect at the end (can't imagine that would work).

thanks for any help y'all can pass along.

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Cut the strands how you'd like leaving enough lead wire on each side.

Put a male and female plug on each strand. Black to brass, white to silver.





These are available at your local store. You don't need the grounding pin versions.

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"165 bulb sockets. realizing the electrical load would be an issue, i had her buy 11w bulbs, which should allow me to utilize the existing 20amp circuit safely---2 wires, one black, one white, 14gauge wires---if i want to divide this single 330' strand into 2 separate strands, is this possible?"

you must make ATLEAST two strands. 165 bulbs at 11 watts each exceeds the 14 gauge wire limit.
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