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History of Christmas Lights Christmas lighting are lighting used for design around Christmas. The custom goes back to the use of candle lights to beautify the Xmas trees in upper-class homes in 18th-century Germany. Xmas trees displayed publicly and lighted with power lighting became popular in the early Last millennium. By the mid-20th millennium, it became traditional to display strings of electrical powered lighting as along streets and on buildings Holiday decorations separated from the Xmas tree itself.
Material Required: It is Important that when you purchase lights they need to be: • Led lights not incandescent! • Battery or solar powered (mine were solar powered and the sun charged a nickel-cadmium battery)
Modify Lights Cut off string of lights and save. If you want to save the solar charger part you can, I used the solar part for parts.
Then Solder Plugs And Jacks Then strip wires from light string and solder to jack, you can use any dc jack as long as you have a male and a female to go to gather. As you can see in the picture I soldered the LEDs to the jack. In the next step you will see what the other two wires connected to the jack are for.
Connect Plug To Lights The other wire to the small jack goes to this jack.
Connect Rechargeable Battery Pack Then install 3 rechargeable battery's into the holder and notice the large jack on the side of the holder, that is where the male jack going to the string will plug in.
Make And Connect USB Cable The USB cable I used has a USB plug on 1 end and a small male plug on the other end.
Connect USB Cable Now connect the USB cable to a phone charger or any USB port that can supply power that can supply at least 700 mA. Then connect the other end to the small jack on the led light string. Then plug in the USB cable.
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