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Electrical Wiring for Outdoor Christmas Lights

How to Wire a Switched Outlet to Control Your Christmas Lights: The basics for installing a switch controlled outlet for Christmas holiday lights.

Christmas Lights Controlled by a Switch
Electrical Question: How can I control my Christmas lights from a switch?.

I Want to Control My Christmas Lights Using the Following Method:

How should this be wired?

This electrical question came from: Steve, a Homeowner from Anaheim, California.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electric wiring question Steve.

Electrical Wiring for Christmas Lights

Application: Switch Control for Christmas Lights.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate – Depending on the home circuit wiring for this application.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and Voltage Tester and a fiberglass or non-metal ladder.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience and ability to work with tools and work from a ladder.
Precaution: Identify the circuit or power source, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Installing additional electrical wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.

How to Wire a Switched Outlet to for your Christmas Lights

Control Christmas lights from a switch or use a wireless control, an easy to do project with parts that are available at most hardware stores.

Example: The Basics of Installing a Switch Controlled Outlet for Christmas Holiday Lights

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4 Responses to “Electrical Wiring for Outdoor Christmas Lights”
  1. mike johnson says:

    I have a hanging Christmas “angel ” with 10 small lights which has two, 1 amp fuses in the plug. I can’t find any fuses to fit this old fixture. Can I cut the fixture plug off and splice the fixture wires to a Christmas tree plug that has 2, 3 amp fuses in it and the fixture work safely?

    • Dave Rongey says:

      Hi Mike,
      If the Christmas tree plug is for existing lights or decorations then by adding the angel lights may cause the 3amp fuses to blow out. The fuses are rated for the specific product to protect the wiring from overheating and creating a potential fire hazard. The concern here is to maintain the original fuse protection for each component and not alter the original design. So in theory, your idea would work, however it may create a safety issue as described.
      Have a Merry Christmas and Be Safe,
      Dave

  2. jack kelly says:

    Dave, For Christmas light connections I’m thinking about a box of some sort to put extension cord junctions to keep it dry during rain and snowfall. Is there something on the market like this? Thanks

    • Dave Rongey says:

      Jack, that’s a great idea. The only products that I have seen would be a stationary extension cord reel similar to a garden hose reel and a cord bucket. Both of these were open buy I suppose the bucket could have the cover put in place. It would be great to make something similar to a small dog house where the roof would have a hinge on one side and so you could access the cords on the inside.

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