# How are mini Christmas lights wired?

## How are mini Christmas lights wired?

Christmas lights are wired as a “series” of lights along a single electrical path. There are two wires attached to the base of each bulb socket – one can be thought of as electricity “in” and the other is electricity “out”. The bulb provides the connection between the “in” and “out” wires.

### Why are mini lights wired in series?

When lights are attached in series, the electricity passes from the power source to the first light, and then from light to light until it returns to the power source. As we mentioned earlier, when a circuit is incomplete, or open, electricity fails to pass through any of the wire, causing all the lights to go out.

How are 3 wire Christmas lights wired?

The string of light is designed to daisy chain. The end of one can plug into the start of the next one. The lights are in series between the neutral at one end and the hot at the other end. Thus three wires – hot, neutral, and the series lights.

How many amps is 100 mini lights?

15.3 amps
Christmas Light Specifications

(99) 35-lite miniature light set = 16.06 amps [(99 x 35) x .51 watts per bulb/110] = 16.06 amps
(33) 100-lite miniature light set = 15.3 amps [(33 x 100) x .51 watts per bulb/110] = 15.3 amps
(200) C7-7 watt light set = 12.72 amps [200 x 7 watts per bulb/110] = 12.72 amps

## How many watts does 100 mini lights use?

40 watts
For example, a 100-count string of incandescent mini lights runs at 40 watts, while a 70 count of 5mm Wide Angle LEDs is approximately 4.8 watts total. In fact, because incandescent wattage is 80-90% more than LED wattage, the cost to power an incandescent can be up to 90x greater than powering an LED.

### What voltage are Christmas mini lights?

2.5-volt
A mini-light is a small, 2.5-volt incandescent bulb. These bulbs are not much different from any incandescent flashlight bulb (see below for details).

What gauge wire are fairy lights?

The most common wire used for Christmas lighting is 18-gauge, which is rated for 10 amps. This means that both wire types use 10 amps regardless of the insulation. The only thing that will directly affect the amperage is the length of the wire being used.

How long is a string of 100 mini lights?

This box contains 2 sets of 100-Count mini clear lights on green wire. Each light strand is 22.42 ft. long, including an 18 in. lead cord, 2.5 in.

## Are LED lights wired in series or parallel?

LED strips are long and come in a series (in the non-engineering sense, as in “one after the other”), but in reality they are made up of many parallel branches, comprised of 3 LEDs each for LED strips rated at 12V (or 6 LEDs each in a 24V LED strip).