December 1 each year I plug them in and set the timer for dusk to 8 hours later. Second test the Christmas light bulbs with an inexpensive tester.
Some Christmas light testers work by sliding each Christmas light bulb through a hole.
Why aren t my christmas lights working. Usually strings of 35 lights or more take the 25 – 35 watt bulbs. Usually changing a problem bulb or tightening it will fix the entire strand. Most light strings are usually two sets connected.
It doesnt seem like this is an issue with the male portion of the plug since it works fine when plugged in elsewhere. All of a sudden half of your Christmas lights quit working. Videos you watch may be added to the TVs watch history.
Look for a pull tab by the battery compartment. Believe it or not solar lights have onoff switches. Therefore if youre trying to test your lights during the day to see whether theyre working you should.
If playback doesnt begin shortly try restarting your device. If youre using standard Christmas lights with pass-thru plugs go ahead and lay a small piece of electrical tape on any exposed connectors or face them downwards so that water cant collect. This is another no-brainer but still 3.
Troubleshooting plug-in Christmas lights or pre-lit artificial trees can take more time than necessary. Inspecting it closer I found it was half a string precisely. The power supply for instance may not be stable and may become higher for a short period of time also known as a spike.
Ensure that your solar lights are on. Like I do every year I got work with my Light Keeper ProIf you have a pre-lit tree and dont have a Light Keeper Pro you should get one nowIt has saved so many lights over the years. Ive used the Light Keeper Pro tool to check the voltage in the strand and it seems to check out throughout the whole stand even when the lights arent working.
With the faulty LED light removed the light string half that did not work is now working minus 1 light. If a bulb is half-unseated or a bulb is removed then the rest of bulbs in that circuit will go out. When part of your Christmas lights isnt working finding the problem can take out the fun in putting up holiday decor.
It is easy to troubleshoot and remedy the problem but it takes persistence and patience. It may just be 5 minutes and youll have your Christmas lights display up and fully functional again. I measure the current in the light string half that was not faulty and it was 9mA.
Read on to learn how to fix Christmas lights quickly. Anyway I did manage to get some lights working with the Light Keeper Pro and I replaced as many burned out lights as I had replacements on hand. A major feature of solar lights is that they only come on at night.
In most strings of Christmas twinkle lights if a bulb burns out the rest will stay lit. Without removing and reinserting the bulbs check to see if a bulb is missing from its socket. You could see if you can still get post-Christmas discounted lights and either replace your old string or cannibalize the new string for bulbs – just make sure theyre the right wattage.
If the switch has felt funny recently or failed to turn the light on or off occasionally its probably a bad switch. There are many different reasons why a string of Christmas lights does not work properly. If they dont then solar light battery needs to be changed.
All you have to do is push the bulb back into place. Advertisement Video of the Day Step 1 Check the entire strand of lights for a missing damaged or abnormal looking bulb according to the Christmas Light Company. It will start working again and turn on the rest of the strand with it.
A shunt wire bypass wire in a Christmas light. Incandescent Christmas tree lights aka mini lights are wired in series so if your lights go partially out you have one of three issues. If replacing any bad bulbs and fuses hasnt solved your problem you likely have an issue with a bad shunt in incandescent lights or bad wiring.
Do a test run by covering the solar panel. Your string of lights flashes intermittently. As I mentioned earlier the removal of a light will increase the current and LEDs do not like high current.
Generally people complain that their Christmas lights only last a year and when they pull them out the next holiday season they find that theyre useless. A light bulb has come out of its socket or is half out of its socket and it has brought down the circuit. Lets take a closer look at one of the light bulbs in the strand.
Sometimes the LED Christmas light bulbs just get a little lose and the strand of lights stops working because the bulb isnt adjusted right. Turn off the power to the fixtures circuit at the service panel remove the fixture and replace the switch with a matching part provided youre familiar with basic wiring. The answer is that the lights are connected in series but the bulbs have a trick.
The Christmas light tester will indicate which bulbs are bad and need to be replaced. Or worst of all you plug in an entire run of light strings and they all light then quit. This is why your flashing Christmas holiday lights arent working properly.
Christmas lights are one of the holiday seasons most iconic decorations. Make sure you check them during the night time andor simulate the darkness by covering the sensor with your hand cloth or something after covering it if the light turn ON then its fine. Where your wiring connects together is the single biggest point of failure from water intrusion in a Christmas light show.
Make Sure the Solar Panel Is Clean and Working. I knew I wasnt going to get every light working on both. This year however a bunch of the bulbs did not light up right in the middle of them all — as my wife quickly informed me.
Thats why half of it can blow out it means the circuit has broken on one side of the series connection. Unfortunately they are also notorious for having lighting issues. Here are some common things that cause these issues.
For light strings that commonly have over 50 bulbs they are constructed in 2 or more. Or their lights suddenly half go out during installation. As I am lazy I keep our outdoor Christmas lights up all year.
This can happen for multiple reasons. Slide the cover back over the compartment then plug in the string and see if all the lights work.