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Old 11-26-2010, 08:16 PM   #1
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problem with christams lights


I have some Christmas tree lights and one of the sockets of the bulb is damaged (squished) causing the lights on the string to be out. There are three wires going into the sockets and if I cut out three wires feeding the socket and just bring them all into a wire nut, will that be OK? It's one of the artificial trees that have the lights attached to them so unfortunately is in not just a matter of getting a new string.

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Old 11-26-2010, 08:23 PM   #2
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You could try for what it is worth, since tree lights are a parallel/series circuit, but to me, that would be a ugly fix. How old is this tree? If over four years, get a new one, since lights are only good for about five years.



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No you can't cut them & wire them together
Usually they skip every other socket
So one wire is "common"...other 2 wires skip & each feeds every other socket



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I did it and it worked. Is this a safety issue, or since it worked, it's good.
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Only hazard will be burning out all the lights in a short time period



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Old 11-27-2010, 11:40 AM   #6
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How were the three wires connected within the socket assembly and where did the wires lead out to?

The result of merely wire nutting all three wires together cannot be predicted. One possibility could be a short circuit.

If it worked for you then you were lucky.
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