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    Default How many watts are xmas lights?

    Just wondering how many watts I've got hanging off my house. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] How many watts is each standard mini xmas light bulb?

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    Default Re: How many watts are xmas lights?

    The most common wattage of miniature incandescent Christmas light sets is 18 watts.

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    Default Re: How many watts are xmas lights?

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    The most common wattage of miniature incandescent Christmas light sets is 18 watts.

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    For a 100 light set?

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    Default Re: How many watts are xmas lights?

    On a string of 500 mini lights I measure 202 watts. A string of 120 Target LED lights measure 3 watts.

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    Default Re: How many watts are xmas lights?

    As Craig said a string of 50 is typically 18 watts, a string of 100 is actually 2 strings of 50 so they are 36w. For reference the foreverbrights are 1w per string.

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    Default Re: How many watts are xmas lights?

    I measured several sets of "icicle lights" with 150 bulbs per set and got between 56 and 60 watts for the full set. they were all drawing around .5 A at 120v
    I needed to know because they have 3A fuses and I was trying to figure out how many I could string together without blowing the fuses. I find that I can get away with 5 strands and have a little safety factor left.

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    Default Re: How many watts are xmas lights?

    If you have a local Radio Shack, they have a neat little device called a "kill a watt". it plugs into your outlet and lets you plug a device into it, and gives you voltage, wattage, power factor, amperage ect. I paid right at $20 for mine. you could check at each point where you have lights plugged into an outlet and get a total power. To totally go around my house I have around 1500 watts of lights.

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    Default Re: How many watts are xmas lights?

    That's strange...I have a 50 watt power inverter that runs fine with 200 lights, which is supposedly 72 watts. With 300 it runs for a few seconds and then turns off because it's overloaded...

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    Default Re: How many watts are xmas lights?

    Most power inverters that I have seen are rated to handle double their nominal rated power output for short term peaks (on the order of a few seconds to just a minute or two).

    By my figures 300 lights should be around 120 watts. even with the 100% overload that most inverters can handle short term it should shut down.
    200 would be around 75-80 watts (give or take, 72 is just as good a number) or so and the 50 watt inverter could run it short term (minutes) before getting overheated and maybe shutting down via a thermal safety switch.

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    Default Re: How many watts are xmas lights?

    If it is a cheaper inverter the voltage will drop, say to 100vac on the output side, that will inturn drop the overall wattage and the little lamps don't care about voltage. So I would hazzard a guess it is about 50w in reality.

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    Default Re: How many watts are xmas lights?

    So far, the front of my house, the tree in the yard, the front door and the tree and bannister indoors are drawing 25W from my many strings of Foreverbrites. It probably costs me more to open the door and let the heat out, than it does to run my lights each night.

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    Default Re: How many watts are xmas lights?

    LOL, I have 6 strings of foreverbrights outside and found they pull about 8w. The mechanical timer pulls 4w. So in the long run it is cheaper to leave them plugged in a running rather then use the timer [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

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