Southwire LED String Lights

Southwire 7164SW-7165SW LED String Light

As a remolding contractor I’ve use incandescent string lights to illuminate the job site for as long as I can remember.

Recently while attending a trade show I saw the Southwire LED String Light and was impressed with the quality of light output.

LED lights run cooler than incandescent bulbs and are safer, and WAY more durable.

The string lights are bright yellow for safety and feature LEDs on the top and bottom provide up light and downlight coverage. You might ask why this is needed? I know I did. We found that when strung up in the jobsite the up lighting helps complete the lighting coverage. We also noticed that you get some up light bounce back from finished ceilings, as well as a 360 lighting effect – nice touch!

The light modules put out 7.8 watts each. The downlight is 700 lumens and the up light features puts off 100 lumens. These string light LEDs are rated for 50,000 hours.

The string lights emit a color temperature of 5000K. Research has shown that cooler color temperatures (3500-5000K+) work well in environments where you want to promote alertness and calm.

The Southwire string lights are IP65 and outdoor rated to protect against the ingress of water and dust. Also The Southwire LEDs come in 50ft and 100ft lengths, and feature LEDs on the top and bottom of the light fixture.

One nice feature with these string lights is that you can daisy chain up to 1000 feet. That’s 10 strings of the 100’ model and 20 strings of the model 50’ for longer lengths. Or a combination of both!

The only thig I would change on these string lights is the hanger slot. Currently the lights have a slot facing the direction of the cord. For flexibility in hanging I’d like to see a hanger in the other direction as well.

Overall we found these string lights easy to use, well-constructed, rugged and bright. Plus, there is no need to change bulbs, a common frustration of my older incandescent string lights.

Southwire LED String Light Features

    • Delivers Total 8000 Lumens with 100′ String & 4000 Lumens with 50′ String
    • Daisy Chain 10 Strings for 100′ & 20 Strings for 50′ Version
    • No bulbs/lamps to replace
    • UL 1088
    • FCC/ICES Certified
    • ROHS
    • IP65 Rated
    • Wattage: 78W
    • CCT: 5000K ± 10+
    • CRI: >75
    • Cord Type: 14/3 SJTW
    • Certifications: CSA, FCC/ICES
    • Average Bulb Life L70: 50,000 Hours

Overall Impression

We were so impressed with the Southwire LED string lights that we will be replacing ALL of our string lights with them. Their more durable, safer and brighter!

I’ll never use incandescent string lights again.

Southwire String Light Video Review

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