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Old 12-15-2002, 10:46 PM   #1
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Default Is it safe to leave outdoor christmas lights plugged in while it rains?

Common sense tells me that electricity and water don't go together. Yet, the box doesn't mention anything.
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Old 12-15-2002, 10:48 PM   #2
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Default Is it safe to leave outdoor christmas lights plugged in while it rains?

They are "Outdoor" for a reason.
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Old 12-15-2002, 10:49 PM   #3
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It's sort of safe. As long as they're outdoor lights, they can handle rain. The main concern is the 2 prongs on the plug. If water bridges those prongs, you're going to blow a fuse and maybe see some sparkies fly. I'd suggest turning them off in the rain.
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Old 12-15-2002, 10:50 PM   #4
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Default Is it safe to leave outdoor christmas lights plugged in while it rains?

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It's sort of safe. As long as they're outdoor lights, they can handle rain. The main concern is the 2 prongs on the plug. If water bridges those prongs, you're going to blow a fuse and maybe see some sparkies fly. I'd suggest turning them off in the rain.
That's what I was thinking. Plus I kidna jained two strings of lights together, so there's another contact point between them.
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Old 12-15-2002, 10:53 PM   #5
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Default Is it safe to leave outdoor christmas lights plugged in while it rains?

Unlikely anything bad will happen. I've left christmas lights on in the rain tons of times. Heck, I had lights on my truck a few years ago, and connected them to an inverter. Never had a problem in inclement weather even when the outlet was soaked.
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Old 12-15-2002, 10:55 PM   #6
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Unlikely anything bad will happen. I've left christmas lights on in the rain tons of times. Heck, I had lights on my truck a few years ago, and connected them to an inverter. Never had a problem in inclement weather even when the outlet was soaked.
Same. My lights have braved the environments, snow, rain, and ice.

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Old 12-15-2002, 10:55 PM   #7
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Default Is it safe to leave outdoor christmas lights plugged in while it rains?

To be on the safe side you should test it by squirting water on the lights and, particularly, the connections with your garden hose. This would be best accomplished if you are barefoot and the ground is wet. You will never again wonder if your "outdoor" lights are impervious to water.
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Old 12-15-2002, 10:57 PM   #8
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Unlikely anything bad will happen. I've left christmas lights on in the rain tons of times. Heck, I had lights on my truck a few years ago, and connected them to an inverter. Never had a problem in inclement weather even when the outlet was soaked.
Exactly, but it's the thought that if enough water ever pooled around the plugs, there could be some danger there. It's the whole toaster in the bathtub theory. It may look cool on TV, but it's not exactly fun if you get the piss shocked out of you. I've been buzzed once or twice and it wasn't fun...luckily, it was very low current. The juice that comes out of a wall socket isn't very forgiving.
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It's been rather wet here the last week and mine have been on pretty much 24/7
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Old 12-15-2002, 11:18 PM   #10
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Default Is it safe to leave outdoor christmas lights plugged in while it rains?

We run ours off a 60VDC genny that was an old railroad retrofit. One time I dropped a string in the drink and it became leaky enough that everyone holding the railing got lit up! Talk about a New Year's Party to remember!

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