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Ronnie1a 11-12-2011 11:25 AM

Xmas light string problem
 
Starrted checking my Xmas decorations. I have several strings of lights that have 1/2 the string out. I'm assuming a burnt out bulb causes this. Not possible to check every single light to find it. I am just out of luck on this? If I buy a replacement strings what am I looking for so this will not be a future problem, or are they all thatway?

CheapCharlie 11-12-2011 04:02 PM

New LED strings do not go out past a failed bulb. If one bulb fails, the rest of the string stays lit. Saying that though makes it tough to find where the break in the wire occured. It could have been pinched by a staple and you can't tell by the outside that the wire inside is broken. I got lucky and had 2 strings like this. I cut the good halves of both and connected them together and had a full working string again.

I now use plastic clips instead of staples for installing them!

AllanJ 11-12-2011 04:55 PM

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Originally Posted by Ronnie1a (Post 769433)
Starrted checking my Xmas decorations. I have several strings of lights that have 1/2 the string out. I'm assuming a burnt out bulb causes this. Not possible to check every single light to find it. I am just out of luck on this? If I buy a replacement strings what am I looking for so this will not be a future problem, or are they all thatway?

You probably have a "two way flashing" string (although either or both of the sections can be made non-flashing by exchaning one of the bulbs in each).

The "if one burns out the rest stay lit" is not foolproof. Also, loose connections c an develop. You have the choice of using a multimeter and testing, or discarding the string and buying a new one.

dmxtothemax 11-12-2011 06:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ronnie1a (Post 769433)
Starrted checking my Xmas decorations. I have several strings of lights that have 1/2 the string out. I'm assuming a burnt out bulb causes this. Not possible to check every single light to find it. I am just out of luck on this? If I buy a replacement strings what am I looking for so this will not be a future problem, or are they all thatway?

There is no easy way out !
although some of the newer light strings,
have been designed so if one goes out
then the whole string doesnt stop.

Yes finding the failed bulb is a pain !
But if you do it before the season,
then it is much easier.


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