I'm looking to invest in some quality LED Christmas lights for my house and try to hang them in a way that would wrap the entire house and all the roof lines. I think that the total length covered is just under 500' with the peaks and valleys.
I'm looking at buying a spool of Christmas Light stringers and LED bulbs similar to the products below. Although it's not mentioned in the specification, the wire is 18awg.
Based on my rough math and Ohms law, I've calculated that this entire spool, when lit will draw less than 3 amps (I understand this to be well under the limits for 18awg wire and a single circuit), but I have concerns about the voltage drop. Using online calculators, I've calculated the Vdrop for 18awg copper with a 3A load to be ~20V at 500', and ~10V at 250'. I'm not sure about the tolerances of LED bulbs, but I can't imagine running them at ~100V AC is healthy when they're designed for 120V.
What is the maximum length I can run without causing a fire hazard, impacting the life of the bulb, or causing any other problems? A product rep for the store said I could run all 500' in one run with no problems. Does that sound legit?
Thanks for your help.