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Old 05 December 2003, 03:59   #1
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Someone should know the answer and....

theres a prize for the first correct reply !

The dragon has just returned from New York, New York (so good they named it twice) with the biggest box of outside Christmas lights you've ever seen, however, what the daft cow didn't take into account is the voltage difference.

Therefore, what do I need to purchase to get the bloody things to work ? My initial thought was to buy an American plug adaptor as one does when one goes abroad, however, this doesn't account for the voltage. Does it ? Heeeeeeeeeelp
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Old 05 December 2003, 04:52   #2
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One of those yellow builders transformers will do it - you need 110 volts! - You'll need a big plug and somewhere to hide it as well!
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Old 05 December 2003, 04:56   #3
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You need what's called an Auto or Step down transformer. The Yellow things they use on Building sites would be more than adequate,Go to TV repair shop and ask if they have something (not Comet or Currys, but matey with soldering iron). maplins could also sort you out or should I say Short you out

I have a tranny you can borrow for the season, I understand that Captain Mainwearing and Pikey (DM and Jono) are coming down this weekend I can give it to them and you could pick it up from Abersoch
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Easy...connect the live wire to the mains the negative to your nuts and let your wife switch them on for calling her a dragon and a daft cow..
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The other option is to upgrade the bulbs providing the lights do not have any electronic circuitry
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Oh yeah - what have I won?
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Have alook at www.maplin.co.uk and search for "US Mains TypeAuto-Transformers"
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Just plug it in, stand back and watch the display, afterall the missus wanted Chritmas lights and she will get what she wanted.

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Send her back for another set and connect them together. (The lights, that is.) Or, presuming the USA set is particularly desirable.... by a set in Woolworths, cut them in half and connect them in series with the USA set. This will leave you with a pile of spare bulbs for next year.
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And the winner is.......

1st Prize.....Cookee. PM me a postal address and I'll pop it in the post !

2nd Prize....The Wave'.....nowt for you, you've enough already.

3rd Prize.....Chrisallse......oooo mrs, sounds lovely !

The yellow box thing Cookee mentined are 50 so that defeats the benefit of getting 1000 lights for $9.99 but thanks anyway !

Wave, thanks for the offer but this weekend is the "turning on ceremony" but thanks anyway. Further, your advice on bulbs is a good one and as suggested by a spark I spoke with.

Chris' oooo, kinky

PJL, thanks spoke to Malpins, they could help at 29.99 so see above comments.

Pete7 - probubaly the best idea, turn the buggers on and watch for the flames. That at least would stop the outlaws coming to mine over xmas and devouring all my food and beer.

In conclussion,


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1000 of, new in the box, never used, one careful owner 9.99 plus P&P.



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