Are Christmas Lights in Series or Parallel?
J Thoendell stashed this in Science
Ok, now what’s the answer? Are the bulbs in series or parallel? Based on hint 1, it seems the lights are in series. Based on hint 2, it seems they are in parallel. The answer is that the lights are in series. Yup.
But how can this be? How can you have one light with a broken filament and still have the other lights on? In the physics world, we call this “the magic of Christmas”. Ok, not really. The answer is that the lights are connected in series but the bulbs have a trick.
Let’s take a closer look at one of the light bulbs in the strand.