Lights FAQ

What are Perm-O-Snap® (POS) Mini Lights?

The lamp lock on a POS Mini light features a patented internal design that ensures wire contact and provides extra security against bad weather and vandals. Balanced spacing of precisely 6" between lamps. UL listed for indoor and outdoor use.

Where can I purchase replacement bulbs?

You can purchase replacement bulbs for GKI/Bethlehem products quickly and easily online through Betty's Christmas House.

What are BL (Bethlehem) Mini Lights?

The lamp lock on Bethlehem Mini Lights feature an external design that ensures wire contact between the bulb and socket and provides extra security against bad weather and vandals. Balanced spacing of precisely 5.5" between lamps. UL listed for indoor and outdoor use.

How long will a Perm-O-Snap® or Bethlehem® Mini Light bulb burn?

In a controlled and stable environment, these bulbs will burn up to 3,000 hours. Outdoor elements that cause extreme wear and tear may lower their normal burn time and life cycle. Our 200 milliamp bulbs produce long lasting lights and our superior color dye process ensure vibrant color.

If a few of the bulbs burn out on a Perm-O-Snap® or Bethlehem® Mini Light set, will the rest of the bulbs light?

Yes. If a few of the bulbs burn out the rest of the bulbs will stay lit. However, the remaining bulbs will burn brighter, use more electrical power, and will eventually burn out faster than if all the bulbs were burning evenly.

How many Perm-O-Snap® or Bethlehem® Mini Light sets can be plugged in together end-to-end?

A total of three (3) sets may be plugged in together end-to-end. All end-to-end connections must be with the same bulb types and same numbers of bulbs on a strand.

How many C7 and C9 lights can be plugged in together end-to-end?

Up to a combined maximum total of 100 bulbs can be plugged in together end-to-end.

Can I connect together, end-to-end, my 35-light set and my 50-light set and/or my 100-light set?

No. Connect together only light sets of the same type with the same number of bulbs. Different light set styles have different voltages and should not be connected end-to-end.

How long is a strand of 50-light Mini Lights?

Bethlehem® Mini Light sets have 5.5" spacing = 24' each strand. Perm-O-Snap® Mini Light Sets have 6" spacing = 25' each strand.

How many 20-gauge Heavy Duty 110-light sets can I plug in together end-to-end?

You may plug in together a total of six (6) 100-light sets, or a maximum of 600 bulbs.

What is a Micro light?

A Micro light is a smaller version of the Mini POS light. However, the bulbs are low voltage, use less electricity, and last up to 12,000 hours.

Are Micro light bulbs replaceable?

Yes. Each light set comes with a package of replaceable bulbs. Micro lights feature the (Perm-O-Snap®) patented internal design lamp lock feature.

How many Micro light sets can be plugged in together end-to-end?

None. They do not have end-to-end connectors. Instead, these lights have low voltage adaptors and multi-function controllers.

Are Micro lights designed for both indoor and outdoor use?

No. Micro lights are for indoor use only.

What is the difference between a Mini and a Micro light?

Micro lights are smaller in size and do not have end-to-end connectors. They are designed for indoor use only and have thinner wires that are easier to hide. Mini lights are able to connect up to three light sets end-to-end and can be used both indoors and out.

What is an LED and how long do LED bulbs burn?

LED stands for light emitting diode. These bulbs do not contain filaments, the substance that burns out in traditional bulbs. LED light sets last on average ten times longer and use 1/10 the power of standard mini lights. They also emit a brighter and more distinct color using less energy. LEDs are constructed from tiny solid-state chips similar to those used in computers. These chips directly convert electricity to light without the use of a filament or glass bulb. Instead, the chips are encased in solid plastic that can be made into a variety of shapes and sizes. LEDs are also good for applications where vibration often leads to early failure of conventional light sources. Being a solid-state device, LEDs are highly resistant to damage caused by vibration.

Why buy GKI LED lights?

Our LED lights are brighter and bolder! We enforce a stringent manufacturing process that produces the most consistent color spectrum in the industry. Our LED sets last on average ten times longer and use 1/10 the power of standard mini lights. These bulbs do not contain filaments, the substance that burns out in traditional bulbs.

What makes LEDs so energy efficient?

Since LEDs generate very little heat, a much higher percentage of the electrical power is going directly to generating light, which cuts down on the electricity demands considerably. Despite a higher initial cost, LEDs will save money in the long run due to their durability and the low cost of operating them.