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    Thank you all for the advice. I will do the same, i.e. use big store cables for major runs. I already have quite a few but need to buy some more. For the rest I will be making my own SPT-2 lamp/zip cord. I need to decide if I want to go with brown or transparent. Maybe transparent, though most will be kind of hidden anyways (behind eaves, under bark, etc so maybe I shouldn't even worry about color). I probably will pick some up at HomeDepot ($56 for 250' for STP-2 and 18/2. Black would be cheaper, i.e. $100 for 1000' at Amazon).

    The main remaining question is regarding the Vampire plugs (can I use them for Christmas too or only for Haloween ;) ) There are so many options and so many sources. Where are you buying those from?

    @todd1814 what is SSR? Solid State Relay? That's the best I could come up with a google search. I purchases a Falcon F48 with some differential control boards. It certainly would be nice to avoid Ethernet cables.

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    As for the color of the wire: You won't see it in the dark.
    As for where to buy the vampire plugs: I usually get mine from here: https://www.noveltylights.com/male-a...-vampire-plugs
    Chris
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    [URL="http://halloween.maloneylights.com"]http://halloween.maloneylights.com[/URL]
    [URL="http://ctm.maloneylights.com"]http://ctm.maloneylights.com[/URL]

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    I contacted noveltylights regarding their 1000' brown zip wire cable that is out of stock. They won't have any until August. What other place are you buying cables and connectors from?

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    I buy the Vampire plugs from novelty lights and just pick up the spt1 from Home Depot or lowes.
    Chris
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    [URL="http://halloween.maloneylights.com"]http://halloween.maloneylights.com[/URL]
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