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spotted this at Osh when looking for starter sockets a few weeks ago.

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Jul 20, 2017 at 11:55 AM Author: Ash
Spotted one in the box of cables in the neighbor's garage when helping him set up a TV. Knowing him, most likely he made it himself in order to use some extension cable the wrong way around



Came across a few in slightly different versiuon in school theater back in the day. It was not cable with plugs on both ends, but 5 core cable used for 3 lighting circuits with a shared Neutral. The thing with it is, that the unplugged plugs have Neutral on the Neutral pin even when they are in the air. The danger is that if Phase and Neutral are swapped or if Neutral breaks upstream, there will be Phase

They wanted to give me trouble for tearing them down and taking off the plugs.... So i put one of the plugs back (except this time i wired them a little differently... connected both Phase and Neutral between 2 plugs), plugged one plug in, and brushed the pins of the other on some rusty sheet of Metal (makes better sparks)
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Jul 20, 2017 at 12:48 PM Author: High Intensity
Still seems kinda odd someone would "need" this.

Old lighting is, and will always be, the best lighting.

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Jul 20, 2017 at 01:49 PM Author: Ash
Sometimes you do, when you know VERY WELL what you are doing and nobody else can access it. But most of the time its not the case...
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Jul 22, 2017 at 09:53 PM Author: LampLover
I believe the most common use of these "adapters" come around the holidays when you accidentally string the holiday lights backwards. Ex: the receptacle (The female end) where you would plug in another string is near the outlet and not the plug (The one with the exposed prongs the male end) I am a member of a DIY forum so that is just an observation as I see a lot of those type of questions around the holiday time. I am in the USA so I don't know if this is possible with holiday light strings in other countries

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Jul 23, 2017 at 01:43 AM Author: Ash
Thats one place where such adapter is safe to use, if all wrong connections (adapter to 1st string and all connections between the strings) are secured with zipties so they dont come unplugged, and the plug in the end is capped off

Over here i have not seen Christmas strings with receptacle on the other end. There are festoon strings, with all lamps parallel (E27 sockets, 230V GLS lamps) which often are made into a continuous row by the user. Nothing prevents the user from installing 2 plugs on the string itself, but i have not seen that done yet
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Jul 31, 2017 at 08:56 AM Author: randacnam7321
That seems like a very stupid thing to happen as I always string lights starting from where the feed point is.

Old school FTW!

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Aug 18, 2017 at 09:19 AM Author: sol

I believe the most common use of these "adapters" come around the holidays when you accidentally string the holiday lights backwards. Ex: the receptacle (The female end) where you would plug in another string is near the outlet and not the plug (The one with the exposed prongs the male end) I am a member of a DIY forum so that is just an observation as I see a lot of those type of questions around the holiday time. I am in the USA so I don't know if this is possible with holiday light strings in other countries


My grandfather made several of these for Christmas lights. He wasn't very electrically minded, obviously. I remember touching exposed prongs and getting a zap of the 120V mains. Now that he passed away, it is my father who sets up the Christmas lights for my grandmother and I would be VERY surprised to find such an "adapter" in his setup.

Some people make similar adapters with heavier gauge wire and plugs to plug in a generator in a power failure. Obviously illegal as you risk electrocuting the power company crew. I have also seen some ready made for sale on eBay or Amazon. No CSA or UL stamp, though.
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Aug 27, 2017 at 12:31 PM Author: xmaslightguy
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I believe the most common use of these "adapters" come around the holidays when you accidentally string the holiday lights backwards.


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Thats one place where such adapter is safe to use, if all wrong connections (adapter to 1st string and all connections between the strings) are secured with zipties so they dont come unplugged, and the plug in the end is capped off


I've actually been asked if it would work to do such (and for just the that reason)...
Sure it would physically work..
But totally unsafe, since you're also bypassing the fuse in the light-set's plug.

For me I always put lights up with them on that way if there's a bad set I know right then & there (and no chance of getting a set backwards either ).
Sometimes when putting up, I do start at the 'end' of a set and work towards the beginning just because it makes more sense for lining things up right.

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Aug 29, 2017 at 02:04 PM Author:
I remember many years ago someone putting on a disco at a youth club I was a member of (I said it was a long time ago..!) He had a power cable with a 13A plug on EACH END, plugging into a socket on the console to feed the power..! I beat a hasty retreat when he asked me to help set it up...
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Aug 31, 2017 at 07:15 PM Author: Ash
For me I always put lights up with them on that way if there's a bad set I know right then & there (and no chance of getting a set backwards either

Bad dangerous practice. As the light sets have many wires and connections, there is always some chance that a wire becomes loose out of one of the sockets, a lamp smashes, and so on. And you might meet this wire while handling the set
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Aug 31, 2017 at 07:22 PM Author: sol

He had a power cable with a 13A plug on EACH END, plugging into a socket on the console to feed the power..! I beat a hasty retreat when he asked me to help set it up...


I'd have done the same !
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