Can I run these spools 1400 feet and add bulbs? (NO!)

by | Nov 16, 2016

A long wooden fence winds through a lush green farm field

A long wooden fence winds through a lush green farm field — waiting for lights!!

Today’s Question: How do I run LED lights along a 1400 foot fence? I’ve heard that I can just run separate bulbs and 18 AWG spools of cords the full distance since they are so low current?

The Answer: NO, NO, NO. (Did I mention, “NO”?) Traditional cords and bulbs on 18 AWG wire cannot be run continuously more than 250 feet in a single circuit no matter what bulb you install.

(Another Christmas light company may have given this gentleman the wrong impression.)

Speaking to any master electrician, you’ll find out that the 18 AWG wiring itself has a maximum line length no matter what bulb is installed.

The only solution for running lights along a 1000+ foot distance is to purchase LED Christmas light strings.

This is what I mean:  LED Christmas Light Strings

They are ultra low current/wattage with specially engineered 3-wire harnesses. Eighty-seven of these C7 pure white LED Christmas light strings CAN be run over 1400 feet. Good news for those longer fencelines and projects.   Here is that great example of what WILL work:  Pure white C7 LED light strings.

Additional helpful note:  Surface mount clips were specifically made for installing lights on fences.

Recent Posts

Why are half of my Christmas lights out?

Why are half of my Christmas lights out?

We hear this question from folks who are puzzled that their lights worked fine last season but are half out when they pull them out of storage. Or their lights suddenly half go out during installation.  What gives? Incandescent Christmas tree lights (aka mini...

read more
Measuring to hang Christmas lights – use your family!

Measuring to hang Christmas lights – use your family!

Any tips on measuring for how many feet of lights I'll need? After choosing the color and style of Christmas lights to install along your roofline, before purchasing, the next best step is measuing how many feet of light will be needed for the project. We'd like...

read more
What does the IP65 rating stand for?

What does the IP65 rating stand for?

The Answer: Whether or not you've heard of the actual rating, IP ratings are becoming more attractive to consumers since they are applied to cell phones. Everyone wants to know what will happen to their phones if they were accidentally dropped in water. Either them or...

read more

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Blog Posts

What does the IP65 rating stand for?

What does the IP65 rating stand for?

The Answer: Whether or not you've heard of the actual rating, IP ratings are becoming more attractive to consumers since they are applied to cell phones. Everyone wants to know what will happen to their phones if they were accidentally dropped in water. Either them or...

read more
Q/A: What do I use to line my roof?

Q/A: What do I use to line my roof?

After lighting a Christmas tree, lining a roofline is one of the first projects folks start with when decorating outdoors for Christmas. There are 4 basic components required to outline a roofline. Christmas light cord Bulbs Clips Gilbert Plugs 1. Christmas Light Cord...

read more
Are C7 and C9 bulbs the same?

Are C7 and C9 bulbs the same?

Great question, and we hear it several times a season. Short Answer: No, they are very similar but are different sizes. Longer Answer: C7 bulbs are shorter with smaller diameters than C9s. Both are installed in 18 AWG traditional Christmas light cords. Many of us...

read more
Christmas Lights Lingo!

Christmas Lights Lingo!

Common Christmas Lights Terminology and Vocabulary 5mm This is a shape of LED lens that is about the shape of and slightly smaller than a pencil eraser. It has been referred to as "wide angle" and "conical" in the past since there is a cone shape molded into the lens...

read more
LED Bulbs: Comparing the Whites! 2022 Edition

LED Bulbs: Comparing the Whites! 2022 Edition

This year, we are releasing Natural Pure White, the third available color white in our LED product line. Commercial C9 LED bulbs with E17 bases and 5mm light strings have been released for the 2022 season. More versions will follow next year. Here is a photo comparing...

read more