Christmas lights are a beautiful part of Christmas, although dealing with troublesome Christmas lights is downright frustrating. Nothing is worse than taking the time to string up Christmas lights, only to find out that there is a faulty light somewhere causing all of the lights to stay dark. Here’s a helpful guide to troubleshooting Christmas lights. This should help you eliminate many of the seasonal frustrations experienced when trying to deal with Christmas lights.
If you are working with a single strand of Christmas lights, quickly make sure all the bulbs are tight in their sockets before testing. A loose bulb can cause an entire strand of lights to not light. If you tighten the bulbs, you may find that there aren’t any breaks in the circuit. This could save you hours of time tediously testing each bulb.
Look for Blackened Bulbs
If you have a strand of lights that does not work, examine the string. If you notice that there are a series of bulbs that are black on the inside, the strand of lights is no longer useful. Throw away the lights and replace them with a new strand. Coming to this realization quickly could save you a lot of time meticulously checking bulbs that don’t need to be checked.
Brush Your Hand Across Bulbs
Brush your hand across the bulbs. If you notice that a light is flickering, replace this bulb. A flickering bulb means there is a short in the wire. Replacing the bulb should remedy the problem. Take care to properly replace the bulb to avoid ruining an entire strand of lights.
Make Sure Electrical Socket Works
I once had an apartment that had a light switch in the living room. This light switch operated a single electrical outlet. If I plugged my lights in to the outlet while the switch was in an “off” position, the strand would not light. If you are in a new home or in an unfamiliar place, make sure the electrical outlet works before stressing yourself out over Christmas lights.
Many modern Christmas lights come with a fuse installed on the plug. A couple of replacement fuses are usually included with each strand of lights. The fuse is most likely too small to figure out if it’s bad or not. If no other options have worked, replace the fuse.
Christmas lights are an essential part of the season. Properly troubleshooting Christmas lights will help you enjoy the season without pulling your hair out in frustration over Christmas lights that just don’t work.