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Why Christmas Lights Make the Outlet Trip Off

Why do my Christmas lights keep tripping the outlet outside of my house? Common Problems that Cause Christmas Lights to Turn Off.

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Electrical Question: Why do my Christmas lights keep tripping the outlet outside of my house?

This electrical wiring question came from Evelyn, in Land o Lakes, Florida.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Evelyn.

How to Troubleshoot Outdoor Christmas Light Problems

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Common Problems that Cause Christmas Lights to Turn Off

Background: Outdoor outlets are required to have GFCI protection, and as with this question, the outside outlets are protected by a GFCI outlet which is located in the garage. When the GFCI outlet continues to trip off this will indicate that there is a problem that needs to be identified. The following will help you identify the most common problems with outdoor Christmas lights.

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