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GFCI Christmas Lights?

Discussion in 'Electrical Engineering' started by HB2, Dec 6, 2004.

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  1. HB2

    HB2 Guest

    I have indoor/outdoor net style Christmas Lights for my front bushes. The
    Christmas lights will not accept a 3 prong plug that my outdoor extension
    cords require, so I am currently using indoor extension cords for my outdoor
    lights. How do I make this situation safe? I do not know much at all about
    electricity, so please excuse my ignorance. Can I use a GFCI extension cord
    to make this safer? I would think the grounding prong would be required to
    use GFCI but like I said, I know very little about electricity.

  2. John Gilmer

    John Gilmer Guest

    Well, you are right about that!

    There is NOTHING to prevent your pluging in a light set with a two prong
    plug into a three prong extension cord.

    If you are using the extension cord to increase the separation between two
    sets of outdoor lights, then it's OK to use an "indoor" extension cord. Just
    about any extension cord has better insultation than all but the best set of
    outdoor lights.

    "Safety" can be provided by ensuring that the outlet that powers your
    outdoor lights is GFCI protected. If it rains the GFCI might trip and you
    may not be able to reset it until the next day when it dries. I have not
    even had trouble with the lights tripping a GFCI except in a heavy rain and
    the next day I was able to reset the GFCI and using the lights.
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