How can I tell the difference between interior or exterior Christmas
What are the consequences of using the interior outdoors.
My intentions are to put it on a tree outside. Frankly wouldn't care
if it burnt down! will save me from cutting it next summer ;)
The notion of using indoor lights on an outdoor tree doesn't rank very
high in the annals of common sense. You may wind up having a fire call
(some FD's bill you for these things) or a tripped breaker, melted
extension cords stuck to the stoop, etc. But, of course, if you relish
the excitement of having the Red Cross people bringing coffee and
things to the firemen as you stand around and chat with neighbors
among the embers, go ahead. It will be a memorable holiday, and your
insurance rates may only spike for a couple of years. Merry Christmas.
Using anything with an 'interior only' rating outside is flirting with
disaster. Even if the tree is some distance from the house you don't know
where the 'weak link' in the shorted out circuit might be. Even if the
short is at the tree, the point that overheats and catches fire could be at
a point near or even inside the house. If you're going to cut the tree
down next summer, don't bother lighting it this holiday season. Or waste
the $20 on a few strings of new lights to put on it.
All that said, are you sure the lights are 'interior only'? Unless they are
really old, most lights I've seen in recent years are inside/outside.
It does. Outdoor ones need flexible wires in COLD weather. I live in
cold region where temp. can dip down to -30, -40F. With wind chill it is
even colder. Trying to hang a string of lightswith wires stiff like a
chop stick? As of this year all my lights are LEDs. No more old glass
filament bulbs. Outside deco. is all done a week ago. Wife is busy doing
inside today. GTot aq foot of wet snow today. Had to clear drive way 3
Can you even get christmas lights that are indoor only anymore? Look at
the box, most will say for indoor or outdoor use only. Plug them into a
GFCI protected circuit and you should be fine. If the lights are used,
inspect them for abrasions, wires that have come out of sockets, broken
or missing lamps, etc prior to use.
I have a few LED sets, some are better than others, but the tech is not
quite 100% there yet. Most are too dim, most flicker, I added a full
wave rectifier to one which greatly reduced the flicker. They're getting
better every year, so maybe in a few more years they'll look better than
the incandescent sort. What they need are multiple LED chips per lamp,
wired antiphase to cancel the flicker.
Some LED strings already contain full wave rectifiers. Also, I have
some of those antiphase ones. Those have different colors. One of
those has blue LEDs on one polarity and yellow LEDs on the other
As for colors, colored LED lights have more intense colors that are
unlikely to fade.
I've found a lot of plain ones at Wal-Mart stores around here (it's
now too late in the season for best selection). They had both
multicolor and white, as well as icicle lights of both varieties. This
seems to be the first year for white LED icicle lights.
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