In this DIY Show Off we will address one of the concerns many bottle crafters have when using regular strings of Christmas lights.
Take a look at the email and pictures we received yesterday and then scroll down to read our answer to this very common questions.
Hi Nick and Silke,
Thanks for your mail and enjoyed reading eBook that you made with great care. Thank you very much for the wonderful book.
I have made holes in the bottle following the procedure suggested by you and inserted Christmas lights. I have attached couple of pictures for you to assess!
My only concern is that the bottle gets hot within 10 to 15 minutes, even though the cap is not closed. In my opinion it might need more holes on the rear side, so that there will be proper air circulation and ventilation.
Please let me know your opinion,
First of all, we would like to thank Vijayram for sending us his question and finished bottle craft pictures.
Your lighted Black Dog bottle turned out fantastic!
Now, here is our experience with using Christmas lights inside glass bottles:
Yes, the bottle will get warm to the touch within a few minutes of turning on the light string. We were concerned about that as well, but a few years back we did an experiment.
We had three different regular sized glass wine bottles and added a regular string of 35 lights to each of them. One of the bottles even had the acrylic crystal filler inside. After plugging in the light strings, we sat the bottle on a window sill, and didn’t unplug them for a whole week. Nothing bad happened with either one of the bottles. The bottles get warm, but not warm enough to melt the plastic wire.
Of course, if you want to add any type of flammable filler (paper, cardboard, etc.) you should use cool to the touch LED light strings. They are a bit more expensive (around $10) but they don’t give off any heat whatsoever.
Vijayram, we don’t think it’s necessary to drill additional holes into the back of your bottle but if it makes you feel better, by all means do so. It’s your bottle project and safety first is always a good policy.
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