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Old 06-15-2009, 12:03 PM   #1
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Hi. I have several strings of outdoor patio lights that I've daisy-chained together with the end of the line being a two-hole female non-grounded plug (both slots are the same shorter length than a polarized length). I want to plug into this end with either a two-prong grounded or 3 prong grounded, but can't find an adapter.

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Hi. I have several strings of outdoor patio lights that I've daisy-chained together with the end of the line being a two-hole female non-grounded plug (both slots are the same shorter length than a polarized length). I want to plug into this end with either a two-prong grounded or 3 prong grounded, but can't find an adapter.
I know you don't want to hear it, but unless you are plugging another string of lights in, don't do it. These things aren't made to carry a significant load, plus they are usually made to the poorest standards that the Chinese government will allow. Find another solution or install a receptacle for the purpose.

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Here is the reply I made on another board this is posted to:

You will not find such an adapter nor would one be safe.
A) You will not have any ground available at all, so using one is not safe as anything 3-prong would need a ground to function safely.

B) The thin wire on those lights is NOT designed to carry any more current that two or three light strings.
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