How to Hardwire String Lights?
In this article we will tell you how to hardwire string lights. You may think that it’s difficult to do but there are some things which you must know.
Let us start with the basics first. There are different types of strings available like: LED, CFL, Wicks and even rope. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages so it is best if you choose one carefully before deciding on your choice of string light.
LED or Light Emitting Diode (also known as Neon) lights are the most popular type of string lights. They emit light at a low voltage which means they require no power supply.
LEDs have been around since the 1980s and are used in many products such as mobile phones, DVD players, computers and TVs. They produce less heat than other types of lighting and last longer too.
CFL or Compact Fluorescent Lamp is another type of string light. These lamps use fluorescent gas instead of electricity.
They emit a bright white light and usually last up to 10 times longer than regular string lights.
Wicks are another kind of string lights which uses cotton soaked in water to create a strong magnetic field. They give off a warm glow when lit and can last for long periods of time without needing any maintenance.
The drawback of these lights is that they don’t last very long. Most LED string lights only last between 6 months to 2 years depending upon the brand and model.
Also, LEDs are not as bright as incandescent bulbs and they cost more too. LED string lights tend to burn out faster too because their energy consumption increases over time. These drawbacks make them unsuitable for use indoors where there is little or no natural sunlight. These types of lights are mostly used for decorative purposes.
The final type of string light is the most uncommon; rope lighting. These use a semi-flexible copper wire coated in a special plastic to produce light.
They are flexible and come with adhesive pads on the back; they can be easily applied to any dry, flat surface. Rope lights can be cut and joined at any joint so they can wind around corners and curves in any pattern you want. These lights are brighter than neon lights and cheaper too. However, they are less flexible than neon lights and cannot be linked together like neon lights either. Rope lights are designed to be used in a more permanent fashion; the adhesive pads can be replaced when necessary so this type of lighting system is perfect for use in any room of your home.
To hardwire a string light system all you need to do is connect a wire from a live electrical supply to each bulb socket. It’s that simple.
You can buy a special hardwire kit from your local hardware store or you can improvise and use parts from an old lamp or even an old extension lead.
If you are using a hardwire kit then all you have to do is strip out the insulation from the leads, screw them into the bulb sockets and then attach the bare wires to the outer metal shell of the lampholder.
Sources & references used in this article:
- Wireless traffic lights synchronizer (N Pashel – US Patent 9,111,445, 2015 – Google Patents)
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