Christmas lights add a magnificent dimension to any Yuletide display. With bright clear lights, you can give your Christmas tree a warmer and more inviting glow, while with multi-colored bulbs, you can instantly turn it into a festive holiday highlight. This makes keeping your Christmas lights running efficiently throughout the season that much important.
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In this post, Tree Classics takes you through the process of repairing and maintaining your Christmas lights. By following our step-by-step guide, you can easily handle Christmas lighting issues you might encounter during the holidays.
Why Aren’t Your Lights Working?
To find out what is causing your Christmas lights to malfunction, you need to check every string of your lights. Most of the time, the problem stems from a bad plug connection, a defective fuse in the plug, a broken, missing, or loose bulb on the light strand. By doing one of these steps, you can get your lights to function normally again.
Step 1. Pull the plug of the defective light strand out of the wall outlet and plug it back in. If the lights switch on, then you had a bad plug connection.
Step 2. Replace broken, missing, or loose bulbs on the strand, then plug it in. If the bulbs emit light, then the problem was on the bulbs.
Step 3. Plug the malfunctioning light strand into the wall outlet, and then plug a working strand of lights into its socket. If the latter fails to switch on, you need to replace the fuse in the plug of the damaged strand.
How Do You Replace Damaged Bulbs?
Most stores that offer pre-lit Christmas trees also have replacement bulb kits available.
Replacing damaged bulbs can be done very quickly. Simply get the extra light bulbs that came with the package of your Christmas lights. If you don’t have any of these, make sure the ones you’re going to buy will match the brand of your lights. If they don’t match, the base of the new lights might not fit into the sockets of your light strings.
If you’re ready, here’s how you can replace defective bulbs.
Step 1. Identify the defective bulbs on your string of lights. They have dark spots that are not visible on the good bulbs.
Step 2. Hold the base of each defective bulb and pull it out of its socket.
Step 3. Center the wires underneath the base of your replacement bulb, then insert it into the socket of the string.
How Do You Replace a Broken Fuse?
Christmas lights use fuses to regulate the electrical current within the strands.
Suppose you discovered that a broken fuse is causing a string of lights to malfunction, here’s how you can to quickly replace the damaged fuse.
Step 1. Identify the strand or strands of lights with broken fuses.
Step 2. Open a tiny compartment in the plug of the malfunctioning strand.
Step 3. Replace the damaged fuse with a new one.
It’s not only in majestic pine trees and dainty ornaments that we see Christmas, but also in sparkling lights that deck every home. With this guide, you will be able to maintain your Christmas lights and keep your home beautifully aglow this season.
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