How To Fix Christmas Lights?
Some of the problems with Christmas lights are more common than others. Such as loose or broken light bulbs, flickering lightbulbs, or lights that won’t turn on at all.
Although some repairs can be made by yourself, calling an electrician for others is recommended. But if you fix them yourself, here are some helpful tips to guide you through the process of how to fix Christmas lights:
How to Fix Christmas Lights – Replace Light Bulbs:
One of the most common problems is burnt-out light bulbs. Several components make up a string of lights, and in some cases, if one goes out, they all go out. Make sure to turn off your power by either unplugging or turning off the circuit breaker. Once this has been done, start removing any bulbs that need replacing.
It is always recommended to either have an extra set of lights on hand for this purpose. After testing the new bulb, reinstall it into sockets, careful not to touch any part of it with your fingers. A moist cotton swab can also help clean contacts without feeling them.
Once you have all your bulbs repaired, turn the power back on at the breaker. Once complete, test each light to make sure they are working correctly.
How to Fix Christmas Lights – Fix Loose Bulbs:
Loose bulbs can be easily fixed with a simple twist of a bulb holder. To do this, gently pull down on any flexible or dangling lights until it rests in an upside-down “U” shape. Then reinsert the hook into its corresponding socket and tighten using pliers.
Do not over-tighten as too much pressure could damage the socket causing it not to hold again in the future. Tug lightly on the string of lights to ensure they are secure before putting them back up. If they feel slightly loose, re-tighten them as described above.
How to Fix Christmas Lights – Flickering Bulbs:
If your lights are flickering from one morning to the next, or they start and stop as you blink or wave your hand over them, chances are there is a loose connection somewhere in the series of lights. It would be best to locate the first bad bulb in this string by going through each bulb.
This can be done by using a circuit tester to see which bulbs have a complete circuit and which ones don’t. Once you have located it, remove that bulb and check for corrosion or burn marks inside the socket where it was connected. Suppose breakdown is present clean with sandpaper until it is completely gone and then try again. If the light still doesn’t work or flickers even after replacing it, there may be a particular problem with that socket, and you should consider calling an electrician to repair this for you.
How to Fix Christmas Lights – Lights that won’t Turn On:
If none of your lights come on when plugged in, there could be a few reasons for this. The first thing to check is the fuse box/breaker panel which controls the power to those lights. Most likely, if they were all working fine, but now none of them are, there may be a tripped breaker somewhere else in your home as well as a faulty plug adapter. To make sure the circuit breaker switch is turned back on, test any other appliances inside your home that may be on the same circuit.
Also, check to make sure an adapter plug is not plugged into another outlet at your home and accidentally cutting power off by doing this. If all of these don’t work and you know for a fact that none of them tripped, there may be a problem with your lights themselves. You should consider buying new Christmas light strings if any of the bulbs are out in this set or replacing your current ones with fresh new ones because there could be other problems such as corroded wiring or faulty plugs, which can cause more problems later on, such as shocks or fires.
How to repair Christmas lights fast:
The simplest way of repairing a broken bulb is to solder it back on. Find a spare bulb and remove the filament from the base with a pair of pliers, or by breaking it off carefully if you have a glass-bulb string—solder both wires next to each other before removing the old filament.
Be sure not to let any solder touch the two exposed contacts inside the bulb holder, or else you risk shorting out your whole set. You can also put heat-shrink tubing over this connection after soldering for extra protection against corrosion. Then reinsert this new bulb into its socket and plug in your repaired strand again!