Edith Magee
Edith Magee
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Asked on Jun 11, 2013

String of mason jar outside lights

Edith MageeMarci NDiane Carlisle
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I saw a post where someone used a string of christmas lights the old type with screw in bulbs. They drilled holes in the covers & attached the lights. I did this but the jars fill up with water when it rains. I tryed using hose washers but now the bulbs don't screw in all the way. I didn't make the holes to big. What did I do wrong ? I can't find the post
6 answers
  • Brenda De Lair
    on Jun 11, 2013

    Maybe if you used silicone to fill in the holes? Something that would be used to seal the space and keep the water from getting in would possibly work. Your large hardware store should be able to steer you in the right direction.

  • Edith Magee
    on Jun 11, 2013

    Thanks for the answers, but I'm still hoping for more ideas.

  • Diane Carlisle
    on Jun 12, 2013

    The jar lids need to have vents for the heat from the bulbs to escape. This is one tutorial I found that seemed to make sense. http://theycallmedomesticate.com/2012/07/how-to-make-mason-jar-lights-diy-string-light/

  • Marci N
    on Jun 13, 2013

    Using LED lights they would stay cool. I know they make them in different shapes, perhaps ones that look like old light bulbs? Or would it make that much a difference? Wonder if you could just screw the lid over the wire to make it waterproof? Would have to be thin wires, course I have some LED lighted dragonflies that are solar and they have a very thin wires. Sadly the solar thing is not working anymore so they aren't. Unless I figure a way to attach them to my lights.....Or to a battery.

  • Edith Magee
    on Jun 14, 2013

    The lids do not screw over the wires The water gets in between the socket & the lid. The jars do not get hot . I thought the hose washers would make then water proof . But they take up to much space & now the bulbs don't screw in all the way. I will try the chaulking that somebody suggested Thank You

  • Edith Magee
    on Jun 14, 2013

    Thanks for the answers, but I'm still hoping for more ideas.

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