Homeowners across the country will dig boxes of holiday decorations out of their garages and attics only to discover miles of burned-out Christmas lights; it’s a time-honored tradition. The last thing you want to worry about is broken string lights as you hang your Christmas decorations and prepare for guests. Today, we at Burley Electrical Service Inc would like to help you find the bad bulbs on your Christmas lights with the list below.
Christmas Light Bulb Voltage Tester, Multimeter & Other Supplies
Fixing in the Christmas light will take:
– Strand of non-working lights
– Safety glasses
– Voltage detector, Multimeter or Christmas light tester tool
– Correct voltage replacement bulb
Christmas Light Troubleshooting
Eliminate easy solutions first, and then move on to trickier ones. The first step is finding out if the problem is a burned-out bulb or if the wiring is compromised. Check for any of the following before you start looking for the burned-out bulb; loose bulbs, damaged or frayed wires, and/or damaged outlets or electrical plugs.
How to Find Bad Light Bulbs on Incandescent Christmas Lights
In a series is how incandescent string lights are wired. A single bad bulb can make the whole string go dark since the electricity must pass through each bulb to complete the circuit. Also, the larger light strings may contain two circuits. Using a Christmas light tester is the simplest way to find faulty bulbs on incandescent Christmas lights. Bring the light tester close to each bulb, if the bulb is functioning, the tester’s indicator will light up. Bring the detector close to the wire section between each bulb to test for voltage if you opt to use a non-contact voltage detector. After your bad bulb is found, the dead section will be following the bulb. Consider switching to LED lights if you are frustrated with incandescent bulbs burning out, especially if you’re concerned about light safety. LED lights produce less heat, last longer, and use less energy.
How to Fix LED Christmas Lights
To keep the circuit from failing from a single burnt out bulb, most LED Christmas lights are made without removable bulbs. The troubleshooting process is similar to incandescent bulbs in the event you have LED Christmas lights with removable bulbs. Use your voltage detector or light tester to locate the faulty bulb or dead length of wire starting one end of your strand, or in the dark portion of your strand. You can go down the whole length of the string and switch out each bulb if you do not any voltage detectors or other tools, but you do have a replacement bulb.
Replacement of Christmas Light Bulbs
With the correct voltage rating and color, be sure to have replacement incandescent or LED bulbs. Before removing or replacing any bulbs, unplug your lights. With care, screw in the replacement bulbs and plug your lights back in. In the event you have replaced the bad bulbs on your Christmas lights, but you still experience problems the issue may be bad wiring and if that’s the case, you are better off replacing the strand.
Electrical Wiring Inspection, Lighting Consultations & More in Imperial Point, Pompano Beach, Plantation, Deerfield Beach, Boca Raton, Davie, Lighthouse Point, Parkland, Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
When you put up the interior or exterior lights, you may discover you simply do not have enough outlets, contact Burley Electrical Services and our certified experts can install more outlets for a safe and efficient holiday lighting. Contact us for all your electrical and lighting needs.