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Old 11-18-2011, 08:59 AM   #1
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Outdoor Christmas Lights Fuse Keeps Blowing


On Tuesday we put up our Christmas lights on our house, they are the big C9 lights. We outline our garage and then take them up and across the gutters across the house. This is the 3rd year we've used them. We've never had any problems before this year. But for some reason the fuse in the first strand keeps blowing We have replaced it 2 times already since we put them up. They will run for awhile, but then after a few hours, it always blows. We aren't sure what's going on or what we need to do to fix the problem. We have checked the wires and all of the bulbs.. everything looks good. Not sure what else to do?? We can't really separate the strands.. because we don't have enough plug ins outside.. and because of the outlet location.

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Old 11-18-2011, 09:11 AM   #2
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Are these lights daisy chained, end to end? This can overload the first string in the chain if you have too many strings in a row.

Perhaps when you replaced a few bulbs every now and then, the replacements drew a watt or two more than their predecessors, and the individual watts add up.

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I believe there are 4 strands connected together. But like I said, we only have one outlet, so I'm not sure what else we could do. Plus the location of the outlet makes it hard to break it up anyway. And they have worked fine like this the past 2 years.
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Get lower wattage lights like leds. You'll never blow a fuse again.
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We may have to do that for next year.. but I'd like to keep using these this year, since it's hard to get them up. Guess we may just have to keep changing fuses.
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Put an amp meter on the circuit and monitor the currant,
It is probably too close to the maximum capacity of that line,
That would explain why it is blowing at odd times.
I would either isolate that string,
or put in lower wattage lamps,
Do it this year ! dont leave it till next year.
Or you risk a fire or electrocution.
dont risk it !
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Just run an extension cord along with the first string and plug the second string into the cord. I've done this in the past when I had a similar issue, if you have green cord lights, find a green outdoor extension cord approx the same length as your first light set (or even the first and second string).

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