Christmas Lights Technical Information, FAQ, and Warranty
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Technical Information, FAQ, and Warranty



 

General Christmas Light F.A.Q. (Frequently Asked Questions)

      • What does UL Listed Mean?
      • What does CSA mean?
      • How many Christmas Lights do I need for my tree?
      • Why is there a warning label about lead on Christmas light sets?
 
Mini Christmas Light F.A.Q.

      • Are Mini Lights End-to-End Connectable?
      • How many Mini Lights can plug end-to-end?
      • If a bulb burns out on a mini light set, will the other bulbs stay lit?
      • If a bulb is removed from a mini light set, will the other bulbs stay lit?
 
Mini Christmas Light Guarantee
Orman/LECO Warranty
 
L.E.D Christmas Light F.A.Q. - General

      • What is an L.E.D. light?
      • Is an L.E.D. light better than an incandescent light?
      • Can I replace a bulb on my L.E.D. light string?
      • How many L.E.D. light sets can I connect end-to-end?
      • What is the difference between Standard Grade L.E.D. lights and Commercial Grade L.E.D. lights?
 
LED Christmas Lights L.E.D. Christmas Light Manufacturers Warranty
LED Christmas Lights L.E.D. Christmas Light F.A.Q. and Technical Information
 
Minleon LED C7 and C9 Retrofit Bulb 90- Day Guarantee and Lumens
 
Christmas Light Technical Information
 
...General Christmas Light F.A.Q. (Frequently Asked Questions)
 
What does UL Listed mean?
UL stands for Underwriters Laboratories®, an "independent product safety certification organization that has been testing products and writing standards for safety for more than a century." - as explained on the Underwriters Laboratories' website. A UL listed light means that the product meets the UL's safety requirements for risks such as fire, electrical and other potential hazards. UL is accredited by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), ANSI (American National Standards Institute) and SCC (Standards Council of Canada). A Christmas light set that is UL listed for indoor use will have a green holographic UL sticker on the cord. A Christmas light set that is UL listed for indoor/outdoor use will have a red holographic UL sticker on the cord.
 
What does CSA mean?
CSA® is a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory accredited by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration). They test products to the same U.S. Standards as ANSI (American National Standards Institute), UL (Underwriters Laboratories), and SCC (Standards Council of Canada). A CSA certification on a light set means that product meets CSA safety requirements for risks such as fire, electrical, and other potential hazards. A Christmas light set that is CSA certified will have a CSA sticker on the cord.
 
How many Christmas lights do I need for my tree?
There is no perfect method for determining how many Christmas lights are needed for a tree, as there are many factors to be considered, such as what style/size of light you'll be using (you need more mini lights, for example, than C9 style lights), what type of tree you're decorating (evergreen as opposed to bare branch), the density of foliage, and personal preference (some people prefer more lights than others). What follows is an attempt to help estimate, based on bulb spacing, and the height and width of your tree. These estimations are for evergreen style trees, with lights wrapped around the outside of the tree, and remember, this is for estimation purposes only.
 
How to Calculate an Estimate

1. Height x Width x 2 = Square footage of tree
Multiply the approximate height of your tree by the approximate width of the tree, and then multiply by 2. This figures a "front and back" 2 -dimensional figure, for estimation purposes, and will give you the approximate square footage of your tree.

2. Square footage of tree x # of lights needed per square foot = Total # of lights needed for tree
Multiply the amount of lights per square foot by the approximate square footage of your tree, figured in step 1. Use the chart below to estimate lights per square foot, or figure on your own, estimating how many lights you would like per square foot.
 
Spacing of lights on string #Of lights needed per square foot (approximate)
4'' 12
6'' 6
8'' 4
12'' 2.5
 
Add or subtract lights from these figures, depending on your personal preferences.
• If your tree has dense foliage, you may want to add more lights to the figure.
• If your tree has bare branches, or thin branches, you may need less lights than above.
• If you'll be outlining branches, you'll need to add considerably to the above figures.
• Also, add or subtract according to the style and size of light that you'll be using, trying to picture the effect you wish to achieve, and taking into account the size of bulb as well as the spacing between bulbs.
 
3. Total # of lights needed ÷ Number of lights per string = Number of light strings needed
Use the figure from above, the approximate number of total lights needed for your tree, and divide it by the number of lights per string of the lights you'll be using. The end result will be a rough estimate of how many light strings you will need to decorate your tree.

EXAMPLE: Here's a simple example.
1. Let's say that my tree is 10' tall, and the width at the bottom (widest part of tree) is about 5'.
10' x 5' x 2 = 100' approximate square footage of my tree.

2. I want to use M5 LED lights on my tree, with 4" spacing. By looking at the chart above, I need approximately 12 lights per square foot of tree, therefore:
100' x 12 = 1200 lights total

3. The lights I'm using have 70 lights per string, so:
1200 ÷ 70 = 17 light strings

4. To be on the safe side, I'm going to order a couple of extra sets, just in case. So, I'll order 19 or 20 sets of M5 LED lights for my 10' tree.

          Because we're using the width and the height of the tree, we'll end up with a more accurate figure than using height alone. But, this figure is an ESTIMATE ONLY! It's always good to order a few more than you think you may need. If you end up with extras, you can always use them to wrap around the trunk of the tree, or as a matching accent somewhere nearby. Maybe there's a bush or shrub outside that can use a little bit of light.
          Also, if you're hiring a crew to hang lights for you, have them start decorating from the TOP of your tree. That way if you don't have enough lights, the lights will have ended at a height that you can access yourself to finish the decorating, rather than having to hire the crew a second time to finish for you.
 
Why is there a warning label about lead on my Christmas lights?
There are traces of lead in the PVC insulation, which helps to make the PVC fire retardant, as well as protecting the PVC from degradation due to airborne pollutants. While there have always been these trace amounts of lead in the PVC insulation of Christmas lights (as well as PVC piping, electrical cords, and many others items) The State of California now requires a warning label on any product that contains lead in amounts that exceed California's very low threshold for warning of the presence of lead. At this time, although no other state requires a similar warning, most manufacturers place the Californian-required label on product they ship to other states. This is to avoid having to separately package and label the products that will be shipped to California. As far as we know, there aren't any Christmas lights manufactured without the trace amounts of lead in the PVC insulation. We neither oppose nor condone the use of lead in Christmas light manufacture. While most Christmas lights will have the Prop 65 Warning about lead, even if your Christmas lights do not have this warning, you should not assume that they are lead-free. Take precautionary measures whenever handling Christmas lights, and always wash your hands after handling. Naturally, for this and other safety reasons, you should not allow children to handle or play with the lights.
 
Mini Christmas Light F.A.Q.
 
Are mini lights end-to-end connectable?
Most mini lights have end-to-end connectors, as well as piggy back style plugs (except mini lights that are battery operated and mini lights that have multi-function controls). The item description will note if the item is "end-to-end" connectable. If the item description does NOT say that it is end-to-end connectable, then assume that it is not.
 
How many Mini Lights Can Plug End-to-End?
You can connect up to 3 sets of end-to-end or piggy back connectable mini lights together, unless otherwise stated in the item description. However, it is important that you connect only sets of lights that have the same type of bulbs, and the same number of bulbs per strand, because different light sets have different voltages/amperage.
 
If a bulb burns out on a mini light set, will the other bulbs stay lit?
In general, if one bulb burns out, the other bulbs will stay lit. Sometimes this may not be the case, and one burned out bulb can cause half of the light strand to go out. Also, when one bulb burns out, the remaining bulbs will burn brighter and use more electrical power, causing the remaining lit bulbs to burn out faster. This is why it is recommended to replace burned out bulbs as soon as possible.
 
If a bulb is removed from a mini light set, will the other bulbs stay lit?
No. If a bulb is removed from its socket, or is broken in the socket, it will usually cause the bulbs that follow the empty socket on the strand to go out. If the bulb is replaced then the rest of the strand should relight.
 
Mini Light Guarantee
 
For United States and Canada customers only.
Christmas Treasures guarantees all mini lights for 60 days from date of purchase. This guarantee does not include malfunctions due to misuse, abuse, neglect, improper handling or storage, damage resulting from accident, or product alteration. This guarantee excludes electrical wiring. This product is intended for SEASONAL USE ONLY: 90 days per season. The guarantee is null and void if the product is used or installed in a manner other than the manufacturer's guidelines and recommendations. Product that has been cut, damaged, or altered in any way is no longer guaranteed.

If your mini light string does not light, or only lights partially, first check that there are no loose, broken or burned out bulbs. If there are, then replace these bulbs with spare bulbs. If this doesn't solve the problem, or if there are no apparent burned out or broken bulbs, then replace the fuse(s) with spare fuse(s). Please keep in mind that loose, burned out, or broken bulbs and blown fuses are your responsibility to isolate and replace, which is why spares are usually included with mini light sets. You may need to test the continuity of each bulb with the assistance of a continuity tester such as an ohmmeter to isolate bad bulbs. If your string still doesn't light after you have attempted the above methods, then contact internet@christmas-treasures.com for further troubleshooting, or for return authorization.

Always leave the UL listing tags and safety tags attached to your light strings. Always replace burned out bulbs promptly, as one burned out bulb shortens the life of the other lit bulbs. In the event that an item is authorized for return, you will be responsible for the cost of shipping any defective items back to Christmas Treasures, and you will also be responsible for the cost of shipping any item(s) back to you from Christmas Treasures. Items returned without prior authorization from Christmas Treasures will be refused.

Some mini lights may have a manufacturer's warranty that exceeds 60 days. You will need to contact the manufacturer for details on the Manufacturer's Warranty.

Please Note: There are no returns, no exchanges, no refunds, and no warranty (except for Manufacturer's Warranty) for items that are on sale.
 
Orman/LECO Warranty
 
Orman/Leco guarantees its merchandise to be free of defects through February of the following year in which the lights were purchased. The lights are rated for 3,000 hours.
 
L.E.D. Christmas Light F.A.Q.
 
What is an LED light?
LED stands for Light Emitting Diode. LEDs are constructed from tiny solid-state chips similar to those used in computers. These chips directly convert electricity to light without the use of a filament or glass bulb. These chips are encased in solid plastic that can be molded into a variety of shapes and sizes.
 
Is an LED light better than an incandescent light?
LED lights have many benefits when compared to regular incandescent lighting. LED lights generate very little heat, so a much higher percentage of electrical power is going directly to generating light, which cuts down considerably on the electricity demand. It is estimated that using LED lights saves the consumer 80-90% in electricity over incandescent counterparts. The cooler LED's also make for a safer way to decorate, reducing fire risk (although for safety reasons, you should always unplug lights when unsupervised). LED's plastic casings are nearly unbreakable, and their injection-molded design makes them watertight and tamper-proof. The LED's are also very long-lasting, expected life being conservatively estimated at 50,000 hours while a regular incandescent light bulb burns about 1,000-2,000 hours. LED's cost more initially than regular incandescent lights, but they also last longer than incandescent lights and save a lot of electricity. Some people will still prefer the look of regular incandescent lights over the LED lights. Sometimes there is a bit of inconsistency in the color of LED lights, though as the technology advances, the colors continuously become more consistent.
 
Can I replace a bulb on my LED light string?
The LED Christmas Lights LED light strings and GKI Wide Angle LED light strings that we stock are manufactured using a patented process, which includes the injecting of plastic material over the connection of the LED and the copper wire. This one-piece socket design means that the LED bulb cannot be removed from its socket, or replaced. However, considering that the LED bulbs last up to 50 times longer than a regular incandescent bulb, this is hardly a problem. Also, this design is what makes our LED lights weatherproof, twist-proof, vandal-resistant, and nearly unbreakable. Click Here to View LED Light Strings

LED retrofit bulbs and cords allow you to create your own LED light strand. In this case, the bulbs will be replaceable, since the cord, bulbs, and ends are sold separately, and you twist the bulbs into the empty sockets on the cord, just like you would a regular incandescent light set. Click Here to View LED Retrofit Bulbs and Accessories
 
How many LED lights can I connect end-to-end?
In April of 2008, UL changed their connectivity standards based on wattage used. This means that our LED Christmas Lights standard grade LED lights are UL listed to connect up to 43 sets. Our GKI Wide Angle LED sets are listed to connect 40 sets. Our Minleon LED Retrofit bulbs are listed to connect 400 bulbs in one run. However, remember to only connect like sets together, as strings with different numbers of bulbs or styles of bulbs have different voltages/amperage and may affect light performance.
 
What is the difference between Standard Grade LED lights and Commercial Grade LED lights?
LED Christmas Lights Standard Grade LED light sets have standard plugs, and up to 43 sets can be connected end-to-end and/or piggy backed. GKI Wide Angle LED sets also have standard plugs, and up to 40 sets may be connected end-to-end or piggy backed. LED Christmas Lights Commercial Grade LED light sets have a thicker, 20 gauge wire and coaxial type plugs. Up to 58 sets of LED Christmas Lights Commercial Grade LED light sets can be connected end-to-end, and they will require one adapter cord to plug each run of lights into your standard outlet. Simply speaking, most people will find that Standard Grade LED lights suit their smaller lighting projects, while larger lighting projects may benefit from the use of Commercial Grade LED lights and their accessories. Also, the Commercial Grade LED lights are full wave rectified, whereas Standard Grade LED lights are only half-wave rectified.
 
Minleon LED C7 and C9 Retrofit Bulb 90- Day Guarantee and Lumens
LED Retrofit Bulb Guarantee
For United States and Canada customers only.
Minleon warrants product to be free from manufacturing and assembly defects. Buyer must inspect and determine product to be defective due to manufacturing and/or assembly, and contact internet@christmas-treasures.com within 90 days from receipt of product for return authorization. All returns must be approved by Christmas Treasures in advance of return. If buyer fails to meet the above-referenced condition, this warranty becomes null and void. Upon receipt, inspection and determination that the returned product is defective due to manufacturing and/or assembly, the defective product will be replaced with a product of the same type and color. The guarantee is null and void if the product is used or installed in a manner other than the manufacturer's guidelines and recommendations. Product that has been cut, damaged, or altered in any way is no longer guaranteed.

In the event that an item is authorized for return, you will be responsible for the cost of shipping any defective items back to Christmas Treasures, and you will also be responsible for the cost of shipping any item(s) back to you from Christmas Treasures. Items returned without prior authorization from Christmas Treasures will be refused.

If the product fails after 90 days, but before one year from date of purchase, customer must contact the manufacturer to inquire about return instructions.

LED Retrofit Bulb Lumens
LED Retrofit Bulb Lumens
 
Christmas Light Technical Information
 
The average household outlet has 20 Amp service.

Volts measure the force or strength of the electricity.
Amps measures the amount of electricity used.
Watts is a measure of the work electricity does per second.

To Calculate Wattage you must know the amps and the volts.

Amps x Volts = Watts

For example, 0.4 Amps x 120 Volts = 48 Watts

To Calculate Amperage you must know the Volts and the Watts.

Watts ÷ Volts = Amps

For example, 48 Watts ÷ 120 Volts = 0.4 Amps

To Calculate Voltage you must know the Watts and Amps.

Watts ÷ Amps = Volts

For example, 48 Watts ÷ 0.4 Amps = 120 Volts