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Get all your questions about Christmas trees and Christmas decorations answered, and pick up a few new tricks, in this Howcast video series.
You Will Need
- USB connector cable
- Wire strippers
- Soldering iron and solder
- Strand of Christmas lights with a 5-volt, battery-operated power supply
- Electrical tape
- Multimeter (optional)
Strip USB cable
Cut the USB cable and strip a small section of the outer sheath to expose the red and black wires inside.
Unpack the Christmas lights and cut off the battery pack. Strip the sheathing to expose a small portion of the wires.
Match red and black wires
Locate and match up the positive-charge red wires and the negative-charge black wires on the string of lights and the USB cable.
Use your soldering iron to connect the two sets of wires.
Wrap a piece of electrical tape around the bundle of wires for protection.
Plug in and turn on
Plug the USB-powered lights into your computer. Now you have mood lighting for the holidays or any time of year.