When your three-strand Christmas lights are too long for the place you had intended and you do not have any shorter strands, you can shorten your light strand in a couple of easy but time consuming ways. This problem can occur when Christmas lights are added to the yard and yard decorations. Unless you are only shortening the strand by five or less, individual lights should not be removed, because the remaining lights will receive too much power and burn out much faster.
Things You'll Need
- Black electrical tape
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Unroll or unwrap your string of Christmas lights and stretch the strand out on the ground.
Choose the length that the strand of lights needs to be shortened and count how many lights will need to be covered with the tape.
Cut a 2 inch piece of electrical tape for each light that needs to be covered. Stick the ends of these pieces of tape to a solid flat surface to make them easier to grab.
Wrap each light with a 2 inch piece of tape until all unwanted bulbs are completely covered. Plug in the strand of lights to check for uncovered areas on the tape-covered lights.