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    Default Guide to cutting LED mini light strings to fit your wireframes.

    Hello all after hand stringing 12,000 LED lights to my wireframes for the past 3 months I figured someone might find this usefull.

    The guide below is only for Wal-Marts Holiday Time LED lights sold IN-STORES (these are actually Phillips brand fully rectified LED lights stuffed into a wal-mart box.)

    Box of 100 - $5.49
    Box of 50 - $3.89

    Warm White 100 - You can cut these into 3 separate strings. 2 strands of 33 and 1 strand of 34
    Warm White 50 - You can cut these into 2 separate strings of 25

    Red 100 - You can cut these into 2 separate strings of 50 each
    Red 50 - You can cut these into 2 separate strings of 25 each.

    Blue 100 - You can cut these into 3 separate strings 2 strands of 33 and 1 strand of 34
    Blue 50 - You can cut these into 2 separate strings of 25

    Green 100 - You can cut these into 3 separate strings 2 strands of 33 and 1 strand of 34
    Green 50 - You can cut these into 2 separate strings of 25

    When you take the lights out of the box they will be bunched in 3 ways

    -big ball cord wrapped around
    -2 separate bunches bread tie'd
    -3 separate bunches bread tie'd

    Don't let this distract you.... Count down the lights and when you hit the number from above you will notice it goes from 3 wires to 2 wires you cut the 2 wires in half to make your separate strings. I used SPDT-1 Green Wire and gave my whole wireframe 1 Plugin for steady burn and 1 for each animated channel. I cut over 50 strings of lights in half or into 3's to get what I needed. I used heat shrink tubing at one cut end to seal it off and added power to the other end. Everything works great.

    These walmart strands of lights are fully rectified - AKA no flicker. each strand will have 1 bulb then what looks light a fat empty socket and that's the rectifier. These repeates after every 3 wire to 2 wire transition. I took the lightbulbs out of a whole set to see how they where not going over voltage... and they have resistors built into their LED's so do not worry about it getting to much current.

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    Default Re: Guide to cutting LED mini light strings to fit your wireframes.

    Also you should know that their 100 light Sets of Warm White do not Match the 50 light Sets of Warm White. The 100's are a true CLEAR light look while the 50's are YELLOW as in pee in snow yellow. Stay away from the set of 50's in Warm White just buy the 100's and make 2 sets of 50!

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    Default Re: Guide to cutting LED mini light strings to fit your wireframes.

    thanks!

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    Default Re: Guide to cutting LED mini light strings to fit your wireframes.

    No prob.

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    Default Re: Guide to cutting LED mini light strings to fit your wireframes.

    Quote Originally Posted by lostbucket View Post
    These walmart strands of lights are fully rectified - AKA no flicker. each strand will have 1 bulb then what looks light a fat empty socket and that's the rectifier. These repeates after every 3 wire to 2 wire transition. I took the lightbulbs out of a whole set to see how they where not going over voltage... and they have resistors built into their LED's so do not worry about it getting to much current.
    I have several of the Walmart Blue 100 count strings, they do separate into 3rds like you say and can be cut apart fine, But mine have only the lights on the string, no "blob" rectifiers on the string at all. When I pulled them out this year, I thought they were one of my incan strings, till I plugged them in.
    Matt

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    Default Re: Guide to cutting LED mini light strings to fit your wireframes.

    Matt if they are LED from walmart they most likely will be able to cut to 33-34-33 strands or 67-33. Count down the first 33 and you will notice there are 3 wires going from one light bulb to the next... then there will be just 2 wires going from one lightbulb to the next right around those numbers... that's where you can cut. If they don't have the blob it just means they aren't rectified but you can still cut them.

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    Default Re: Guide to cutting LED mini light strings to fit your wireframes.

    How did you secure the lights to the wire frames?

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    Default Re: Guide to cutting LED mini light strings to fit your wireframes.

    Could you post a picture of the string you are cutting please.
    Inventor of the "LED Keeper"

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    Default Re: Guide to cutting LED mini light strings to fit your wireframes.

    Dennis I just tried getting a server error when trying to upload pics, will try again later.

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    Default Re: Guide to cutting LED mini light strings to fit your wireframes.

    Outside of box

    Lights In A Bunch

    Cut at 2 wire - add power here - light then rectifier

    Lights back to 3 wires per light

    Here they are on an external site.

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