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American Lights in UK ??

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by R B Customs, 6 Jun 2006.

  1. R B Customs

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    hey guys, just recieved a gift from the lass next door, its a set of lights, like christmas ligts, 10 bulbs in series.

    they have an american 2 pin plug fixxed on them, and on the plug it says 125V
    what should i do to get them to work on our 230V(i think ?) 3 pin pulgs?
    EDIT:
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    fuse rating: 3A
     
  2. shimy182

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  3. R B Customs

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    Damn theyre a bit pricey !
    i take it shoving 230 volts thru em is not gonna do any good? but theyr 'only' christmas lights
    it is quite important... theyre 8-ball lights lol, and i collect anything 8-ball :)
     
  4. Burnsy2023

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    If you like fireworks plug em into our mains, otherwise don't bother.

    Burnsy
     
  5. BillytheImpaler

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    V=IR

    If V is 120v and R is constant, I will be a specific value. If V is 240v and R is still constant, I will be twice as much as it was before. You're liable to melt something.
     
  6. shimy182

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    lol. well if you have the gutts you can make one out of a magnes and loadsa copper wires. but then again... not worth it.


    do the lights flash? or are they static?

    is the connecter like a big black heavy box? if so whats the output of it?
     
  7. R B Customs

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    "This is not a toy
    each set with flashing function
    includes one extra flashing bulb ande one ordinary bulb
    these lights are not just for the KIDS room
    2002 Okutani Corp. "

    make of that what you will ! the yanks are very descriptive lol.
    the lights are all in series and on end of the series goes into the live, the other end into neutral. one big loop with the plug in the middle
     
  8. geeza

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    unscrew the head and then get a few of the wires and poke them into each of the 3 holes.




    ...no guarantee of health or that lights will work
     
  9. R B Customs

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    dont get me wrong mate, i like a good joke now and then... but we could be dealing with a potential house fire here lol.

    looks liek that damn cheap gift has turned to a damn expensive problem then. ill try and source an adapter cheaper than £20 !!
     
  10. G-MAN2004

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  11. R B Customs

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    okay so ive just thought of the best idea yet lol... take the 8 balls off and stick them on a cheap set of british lights !, theyre just the standar size christmas light bulb !
    DURRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
     
  12. basmic

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    Do it geeza's way, and there's a pretty good chance you'll have a decent lightning show. :D:D :eek:
     
  13. R B Customs

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    oh and because theyre for europe who are on 230V, or 220V cant remember which... it doesnt quite work like that stepping down to the american 120V system i dont think :(
     
  14. G-MAN2004

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    http://www.ifsogo.com/acatalog/plug_adaptors.html
     
  15. Mr Mister

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    surely a transformer could be cheap on ebay?
     
  16. R B Customs

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    lol that would be great if i was taking bruitish lights to america :)

    **EDIT** ah i see now., but still it says

     
  17. G-MAN2004

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    here lol!!!!

    Foreign Visitor Adaptor

    - Adaptor plug conversion for Visitors to the UK
    - Covers inbound travellers from For Europe, USA, Asia, Australia, Middle and Far East to any country with a UK electrical system
    - (Nb: This product does not convert voltage)

    £4.00

    http://www.ifsogo.com/acatalog/plug_adaptors.html

    6th one down
     
  18. R B Customs

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    yea it would be the 8th one down on that list, but it still dont transformt he voltage, i think ill just take the balls off and stick em on a british set of lights
     
  19. G-MAN2004

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    I quit. Sell them on ebay tbh :p
     
  20. Amleto

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