How to Power Christmas Lights on a Golf Cart

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Decorating your golf cart with Christmas lights is a fun, easy project.
Decorating your golf cart with Christmas lights is a fun, easy project. (Image: golf cart image by Earl Robbins from Fotolia.com)

Putting Christmas lights on your golf cart is a great way to add fun to any party, especially if the party's at a country club. You should use LED Christmas lights for this job, as they use less power and have plastic bulbs instead of glass bulbs. You will be plugging the Christmas lights directly into your Golf cart if it has a 12v port, or you'll be using a DC to AC converter if it has a normal auto charger port.

Things You'll Need

  • LED Christmas lights
  • Auto DC to AC converter
  • Zip ties
  • Electrical tape

Drive the golf cart into a garage or other sheltered area where you can work on it. Dry off the golf cart with a towel if it is wet. It is best to never do any wiring without the object being dry. Turn the golf cart off and put the parking brake on.

Wrap the Christmas lights around the struts of the golf carts roll cage and over the ceiling You should use one wrap around for every 6 inches of pole. Wrap the Christmas light wiring around the roof in an X shape and also down the back handrails. Do not drape the lights across any seats or they may be sat on. Do not wrap any Christmas lights near the tires as they may get warped around the axle. Do not wrap any wires across the bottom of the golf cart as they may get destroyed. Plug Christmas light strands into each other if you need additional length of Christmas light decoration.

Plug the electrical plug into the 12v socket if your golf cart has a normal AC outlet. If your golf cart has a DC outlet (the cigarette lighter outlet) then pull the lighter plug out and put in the DC to AC converter plug. Then plug the LED Christmas light plug into the 12v socket on the inverter plug.

Turn on the golf cart and watch the Christmas lights come on. If any do not come on then the strand may be bad or the plug may not be fully seated in the socket. Once you fix any problems use zip ties to attach the Christmas light strands to the support poles by wrapping the zip tie around the strand and cinching it tight. Once you're done, use electrical tape over the plugs to waterproof the connection.

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