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  GRANA here;  The other night, we heard a LOUD  BOOM ; the lights flickered &  we  lost  power; 1-1/2 hrs later the lights came back on.  It seems a capacitor e
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POWER FAILURES; BLAMED ON CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS!!!!!!

posted at 12/18/2012 4:15 PM EST
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 GRANA here;
 The other night, we heard a
LOUD  BOOM; the lights flickered &  we  lost  power; 1-1/2 hrs later the lights came back on.  It seems a capacitor exploded from the extra power required to  light all those  bulbs in omes.on streets& businesses
light up homes, businesses & downtown  streets.
Didyou ever   consider that when your home& city are all lit up like a wonderland,Smile that  a power outage might occur.Fortunately we always keep candes & matches handy& ubby was able to provide enough light for usto find our way to the bathroom&  find a snack  in the kitchen.
Making hot tea w/o elecricity to  ignite the electri c sparked gas urner required more matches to be lit.My youth'ss  GIRL SCOUT TRAINING &  participation in  OUR SON'S BOY   SCOUT TRAINING  taught me to
" BE PREPARED"Cool

Re: POWER FAILURES; BLAMED ON CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS!!!!!!

posted at 12/18/2012 6:59 PM EST
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I would think that the draw of decorations is far less than the AC units on a hot summer day.
Many people have switched to LED lights and they draw far less than the regular bulbs and they draw a lot less than the large old bulbs that we had on our tree when I was growing up.

Re: POWER FAILURES; BLAMED ON CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS!!!!!!

posted at 12/18/2012 9:46 PM EST
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We don't have the problem this time a year but we sure do in the summer.One Summer we went three days without power.During the hurricane we were without power for a few days.The winters are for the most part OK. 

Re: POWER FAILURES; BLAMED ON CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS!!!!!!

posted at 12/19/2012 1:14 AM EST
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I had trouble with my cable and it was worn out equipment, missing seals and other problems that had been over looked by the company for years.

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posted at 12/19/2012 8:35 AM EST
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In Response to Re: POWER FAILURES; BLAMED ON CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS!!!!!!:
I would think that the draw of decorations is far less than the AC units on a hot summer day. Many people have switched to LED lights and they draw far less than the regular bulbs and they draw a lot less than the large old bulbs that we had on our tree when I was growing up.
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except here in texas       i've ran my a/c almost every day this month     crazy weather even for us    yesterday it was 39 at 6am    and over 70 before noon  and all the way up to  83
this morn it's 69   and will be in hi 70's  tomorrow morn it will be freezing again  and only get to 50's  and thru next week it will be yoyoing like this as it has all month

i do have all led lights tho except for my tree and a couple of deer in the yard        

Re: POWER FAILURES; BLAMED ON CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS!!!!!!

posted at 12/19/2012 10:55 AM EST
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we live in the country and there aren't many x mas lights even in the town 10 milie away . people here don't put up many lights . its a farm country .even with bad storms we don't lose lights i thank god and the 2 electric coms.

Re: POWER FAILURES; BLAMED ON CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS!!!!!!

posted at 12/19/2012 3:51 PM EST
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GRANA here
I've made ourown emegency  lighting fixture, while  waiting for new  flashlights to arrive in stock:I  put votive candles( long lasting)  & not much drip , into metal  cupcake pans to keep drips controlled & prevent  dangerous tipping over.....we usually lose power n summer or  during any storms; last rate hike was to  pay for newer (undeground) quipment the power company
always has an excuse  Yellhubby  bought a twin pack of   high beam led flashlights to make these frequent power failures easier on usSmileKissone @ bedside& one in livingroom, the two places we most  often are  when the lights go out.
 Candles &  mathches neaby to light up w/o losing our batteriesWinkmore matches nextto the  electic ignition stove ( doesn'tlight w/o electricity)Surprised

Re: POWER FAILURES; BLAMED ON CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS!!!!!!

posted at 12/19/2012 11:16 PM EST
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Not a whole lot of decorations on our block but some of the houses around the neighborhood are lit up so bright it looks like daytime. 

Hopefully when that storm comes through here tomorrow, with the very high winds, it won't cause power outages.  Our lines are all buried but we're connected to a sub-station that is pretty far away and they all have over-head lines so if they go down we might go down.  Keeping my fingers crossed that it doesn't happen but my candles are all out just in case.

Re: POWER FAILURES; BLAMED ON CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS!!!!!!

posted at 12/20/2012 6:26 AM EST
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Wide power failures sure aren't caused by Christmas decorations.  lol lol.  The power in my own area, like H.M.'s is all underground but it's brought in by over-heads.   We're getting lots of warnings about power outages today caused by the bad winds coming..

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posted at 12/29/2012 8:44 AM EST
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We've never had a problem with the power going out because of Christmas decorations.  We usually get hit in the summer or during a storm. 

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posted at 12/29/2012 11:32 AM EST
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We had none here in wy

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posted at 12/29/2012 12:48 PM EST
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WE have the problem with lights going out mostly from ice on the lines here in Nebraska.
Our town has its own power plant so we are not out very long even if the big companys
are out for a long time.

Re: POWER FAILURES; BLAMED ON CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS!!!!!!

posted at 12/30/2012 5:35 PM EST
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We rarely get power outages here.  If we do they are fixed quite fast.  We have an electric cooperative, not city power.

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