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#45669 - 12/04/04 04:06 PM gfci and x-mas lights
johnd24 Offline

Registered: 07/11/01
Posts: 66
Getting alot of calls from peeps about gfci tripping when it rains.And of course their x-mas lights go out also.Theses lights should be on a gfci,right?And is there anything to keep the water out of the plugs.Im talking the customers plugs between their string of lights.I have a bubble cover installed where the gfci is.

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#45670 - 12/04/04 05:31 PM Re: gfci and x-mas lights
drillman Offline

Registered: 03/24/03
Posts: 97
Loc: Somewhere in Texas
Just a shot in the dark.

They might be using indoor type lights outside.

Outdoor type lights might be more durable.

They should be on a GFCI.

Can try wrapping the plugs with tape, after all they come down after 90 days right?

#45671 - 12/05/04 07:45 AM Re: gfci and x-mas lights
earlydean Offline

Registered: 12/22/03
Posts: 749
Loc: Griswold, CT, USA
Squirt a dab of silicon caulk between the male and female plugs. In January, when you take them down, just rub your thumb on the dried caulk to remove all traces.

#45672 - 12/06/04 03:39 AM Re: gfci and x-mas lights
Steve Miller Offline

Registered: 08/30/01
Posts: 322
Loc: Loudoun Cty, VA
Almost heaven ... West Virginia ..... duct tape works.

#45673 - 12/06/04 03:52 PM Re: gfci and x-mas lights
cpalm1 Offline

Registered: 01/06/04
Posts: 62
the problem is that every light socket and plug/outlet is exposed to water. in each strand there are 102 potential places for current leakage. (100 bulbs, 1 plug, 1 outlet) im surprised christmas lights work at all on a GFCI outlet.

The only solution i can think of is to recommend to the customer that they keep the connections away from the ground and out of puddles. if theres still a problems, try splitting up the load among multiple GFCIs if it is possible.

my house is old and doesn't have GFCI on the outdoor outlets, so ive never had that problem even though i hang a couple thousand lights. unfortunately, i don't think it would be a good idea to remove your customers GFCIs


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