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Is there an adapter out there with two male ends for my Christmas lights?

The short answer is no. Double male end “adapters” are illegal, dangerous and a fire hazard. If you have need of this type of adapter it means you’ve hung a string of lights backwards.

Every year we have people come in who already have their Christmas lights up and want to find a double male end plug. The problem is that they’ve ended up with the female end of the string of lights by the wall outlet, which is also a female end.

The reality is that there are no double male end plugs available on the market because they are dangerous. If someone has made you one, we’d advise you get rid of it, because it can shock you or someone else, plus it can short out on tinsel or any metal it comes in contact with and cause a fire.

Another solution is to plug both of the male ends into an extension cord long enough to reach the outlet. Be sure you are not chaining multiple extension cords together as that is a fire hazard. Your local Ace Hardware store will have a great selection of the cords, hangers and fasteners you need to make a sparkling light display.

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How to hang Christmas lights

The solution is to take your time when stringing up your lights and lay them all out before you put them up. Make sure the male ends are all facing one way and the female ends the other. Plug them in and test them before you put them up, to see if you have burnt out bulbs or other problems with the strings. Start at the top of the tree and make sure you have the female end at the top. When you need another string, plug the female end into the male that you have and go on from there. You will end up with a male end to plug in to the wall or extension cord. If you like to start at the bottom, make sure you start with the male end and go on from there.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.


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