How Many Strings of Lights Can I Run in Series?

March 13, 2014

Most people are asking this question before purchasing Mini Lights or LED Christmas Light Strings.

So this answer will relate only to those products like Mini Lights or LED String lights.

The answer depends on the set of lights you are considering and is based on the wattage rating of the strand of lights.

Each string of lights that you see on our website should have a maximum connectivity specification listed.  That’s the number of strings that you can one together end-to-end.

If you exceed the maximum connectivity specification, you’ll blow the fuse contained in or more of the plugs of the strings of lights or you’ll “smoke” your light strings.  In other words, blow out many of the bulbs and render your set of lights beyond repair.

For many years, the Underwriter’s Laboratory stuck by a hard and fast rule of no more than 3 sets in series but as lighting has changed, so has it’s recommendations.

The current UL guideline for maximum connectivity is based on a maximum total series run wattage of 210 watts.   (That means that if a light set were rated at 21 watts, you could run 10 sets of them in series.)

We’ve made every effort to list the maximum connectivity for each set of string lights on our website.  If you happen to find a strand missing that specification, please contact us via our Contact Page and we’ll be happy to assist you.

Hope this answer help.  Ultimately, any electrical questions about your specific lighting project must be directed to a master electrician.

2 thoughts on “How Many Strings of Lights Can I Run in Series?”

  1. My last string in my series is blinking the opposite color of my other strands in the series. How do I correct that?

    1. Most of the time this function is set to be random and is hard to control. Try turning all of the lights off and back on at once to see if that takes care of this issue.

      Other than that, contact the original manufacturer of your light string to see if they have any light string specific advice.

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