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Has anyone tried custom cutting a string of LED Christmas lights to fit a portion of your layout?  I've just run (2) 50 foot strips of commercial super bright LED white Christmas lights under my layout with great success as far as bright lighting.  However I have (1) 50 foot set left and I need to cut it to only 20 feet.  Can you just cut and solder?  Or will it kill the set?  All response appreciated.

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I originally did the same, with typical "strings" of white Christmas lights.  Then I changed over to several strands of the LED "strips", which can be cut where you see the scissor signs, as well as interconnected. You might consider exchanging your last 50' string for an LED strip and cutting to desired length.

Michael

That makes sense to me. I can't make out how many wire strands there are in the ones already installed - maybe it's 3 or 4. In either case, there may be series wired segments in the whole strand and cutting and capping it in the right place would be a chore. There's an online guide to doing this with incandescent bulb strands that I have used (https://grayhousestudio.com/ho...ng-christmas-lights/) but not LEDs.

I recently did something similar with C7 LED Christmas lights to add some light to the back sides of my layout.  I doubled up so I had more bulbs in some spots where I wanted more light.

I wouldn’t cut them.  The light strings are inexpensive and they don’t take too much power.  I would just double the string on itself so you have twice as many lights in your 20’ length.

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Thanks, guys for all of your feedback.  I bought the Christmas lights before I discovered the LED strip lights when my daughter had to have them to hang in her teenager room.  They do work well, are very good quality from Amazon, and fairly inexpensive -- the set with a remote for 50 feet was only $35 or so.  I like Bob's idea to double up to use the 50' strand because it will produce more light.  And if they burn out, I have the velcro strips in place to change them out to LED strip lighting.

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