Christmas lights that run on DC?

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  1. Jay H

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    ..or should I be politically correct and call them "holiday lights"???

    Anyway, I just had some looney idea that it would be cool to decorate my commuter bike with christmas lights, but the problem is I would need lights that run on DC, i.e. something like a 12v NiMH waterbottle battery that powers my dual-beam bike lights, except it would power a short set of christmas lights... Wouldn't that be cool, weird, eccentric, crazy, all in one??

    Just brainstorming here, anybody know of DC xmas lights or should I just make my own???

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    Standard holiday lights (the miniature bulbs) are low voltage; many of them are wired in series to allow them to be run from 120 Volts AC (or 220 in countries that use 220). A common configuration for 120V is 50 2.5-volt bulbs in series.

    You could rig up such lights to run from a 12 volt battery by using shorter strings. A string of 10 1.2 volt bulbs, or 5 2.5-volt bulbs in series could be run from a 12 volt battery. If you want 20 lights, use 2 strings of 10 1.2V bulbs.

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    I've seen small strings of lights in stores that ran off a couple of D cell batteries. You should be able to find them somewhere...
     
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    Thanks guys, too late for this year, but next year sounds like a complete wacky idea.. I'm wacky enough to do it too..
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