making outdoor extension cords for Christmas lights
Yes it's early but I just got a bunch of light-up stuff for our yard for next year on clearance.
I got ~ 16 light-up candy canes that I'm hoping to set along our driveway & walk, spaced every 6 - 12 feet. Each one has a 2-prong male and female connector at the base. I need to find some sort of extension cord solution for these.
The ideal solution would be a multi-outlet cord. Typically these are 25 feet long and have 3-4 outlets spaced at 6 or 8 feet intervals. These are somewhat expensive... one of them would easily cost more than I spent on all the lights, and I might need 3 or 4.
Another option is a simple 6-10 ft extension cord with one male plug and 2 or more female taps on the end. (one for the light, one for the next cord in the chain.) These would not be cheap either given I would need ~16 of them.
My next thought was to somehow wire them myself, either making cords from a longer cord cut-up and replacement ends, or somehow hard-wiring the lights, or one long cord with junction boxes and outlets added along the line. I need to somehow make whatever solution I come up with reasonably weatherproof.
Any suggestions on a good (and relatively inexpensive) way to do this myself? What parts and where do I find them?
Of course I need to make sure I'm not overloading the cords I use or the outlets I plug them in to.
Thanks for any tips,