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Introduzione

Hai problemi con le tue luci natalizie? Sistemale con questa guida!

"Prima di iniziare qualsiasi parte di questa riparazione, assicurati che le luci siano completamente scollegate da qualsiasi presa elettrica"

"Problemi comuni:"

  1. Fusibile bruciato
  2. Lampadina difettosa
  3. Presa corrosa
  4. Presa o cablaggio difettosi
  1. Un fusibile bruciato  è uno dei più probabili motivi di una catena di luci natalizie non funzionante, specialmente se è l'intera catena che non funziona. La buona notizia e che può essere facilmente cambiato. Con la presa in mano, spingi lo sportellino con la scritta "apri" nella direzione indicata dalla freccia.
    • Un fusibile bruciato è uno dei più probabili motivi di una catena di luci natalizie non funzionante, specialmente se è l'intera catena che non funziona. La buona notizia e che può essere facilmente cambiato.

    • Con la presa in mano, spingi lo sportellino con la scritta "apri" nella direzione indicata dalla freccia.

    • Rimuovi i due fusibili, ispezionali guardandovi attraverso su uno sfondo luminoso (come il cielo). Se il fusibile è funzionante, dovresti vedere un sottile filamento integro che collega i due contatti di metallo.

    • Cambia tutti i fusibili con elementi nuovi.

    My plug has no door on it. Where else could the fuse be?

    Blake Brennan - Replica

    Porq cambió el fucible fundido y dura un minuto y devuelve a fundir

    Josabet Villegas - Replica

    How do you get the fuse out?

    Jocelyn Wallace - Replica

    Before you do anything, make sure the strand of lights you are replacing the fuses for, is completely unplugged from the outlet, or from whatever the power source is that you're using.

    After sliding the little compartment door open in the same direction as the prongs of the plug, you could use thin tweezers, a very small flathead screwdriver, or a small knife to get the fuses out.

    Be careful and be patient. Do not rush it, or you could injure yourself.

    Jason -

    any tips on how to get the “door”closed? It won’t go back in.

    Dama-chan - Replica

    Adonde venden los fusibles?

    violeta_la_goddess - Replica

    Donde compro fusibles para luces navideñas

    Conty Fontecha - Replica

    Por favor, si alguien me puede informar dónde compro los fusibles para las luces navideñas??

    Conty Fontecha - Replica

  2. Se una specifica sezione della catena non funziona, ci potrebbe essere una lampadina fulminata, o una cattiva connessione tra la lampadina e il portalampada. Le lampadine spesso sono costruite in modo da non far spegnere tutta la catena se una di esse si fulmina, ma capita che un difetto di fabbrica non consenta  il collegamento elettrico con il resto della catena in caso di una lampadina fulminata. Afferra delicatamente ogni lampadina e tirala fuori dal portalampada. Ispezionala e assicurati  che i due terminali di rame sono posizionati correttamente, che non siano girati o mancanti.
    • Se una specifica sezione della catena non funziona, ci potrebbe essere una lampadina fulminata, o una cattiva connessione tra la lampadina e il portalampada.

    • Le lampadine spesso sono costruite in modo da non far spegnere tutta la catena se una di esse si fulmina, ma capita che un difetto di fabbrica non consenta il collegamento elettrico con il resto della catena in caso di una lampadina fulminata.

    • Afferra delicatamente ogni lampadina e tirala fuori dal portalampada. Ispezionala e assicurati che i due terminali di rame sono posizionati correttamente, che non siano girati o mancanti.

    • Continua con tutte le lampadine non funzionanti, finché non trovi quella o quelle difettose. Cambia le lampadine se necessario.

    • Puoi anche usare Light Keeper Pro o altri dispositivi simili per trovare le lampadine fulminate.

    • Inserisci la spina della catena nella presa, rimuovi una lampadina per connettere Light Keeper Pro ad un portalampada vuoto.

    • Premi il grilletto di Light Keeper Pro più volte per superare la lampadina fulminata e far illuminare tutta la catena, lasciando la lampadina fulminata spenta.

    • Rimetti la lampadina usata per testare la catena, poi rimuovi e sostituisci quella fulminata. Puoi usare Light Keeper per testare la nuova lampadina prima di installarla.

  3. Assicurati che la  catena sia scollegata dalla corrente prima di procedere. Con il passare del tempo, i contatti all'interno del portalampada si possono corrodere o riempirsi di terra e sporco. Questo può causare un collegamento non ottimale tra la lampadina e il portalampada, che spesso porta ad avere una lampadina senza corrente. Utilizza una lima sottile o uno una spazzola per metallo per pulire i contatti del portalampada.
    • Assicurati che la catena sia scollegata dalla corrente prima di procedere.

    • Con il passare del tempo, i contatti all'interno del portalampada si possono corrodere o riempirsi di terra e sporco. Questo può causare un collegamento non ottimale tra la lampadina e il portalampada, che spesso porta ad avere una lampadina senza corrente.

    • Utilizza una lima sottile o uno una spazzola per metallo per pulire i contatti del portalampada.

    • Una volta che il portalampada è pulito, inserisci una nuova lampadina nel portalampada.

  4. Assicurati che la  catena sia scollegata dalla corrente prima di procedere. Se niente ha funzionato, il portalampada potrebbe essere rotto e non riparabile. Rimuoverlo è una sciocchezza e dovrebbe ripristinare la funzionalità del resto delle luci.
    • Assicurati che la catena sia scollegata dalla corrente prima di procedere.

    • Se niente ha funzionato, il portalampada potrebbe essere rotto e non riparabile. Rimuoverlo è una sciocchezza e dovrebbe ripristinare la funzionalità del resto delle luci.

    • Non eseguire per più di una o due volte, perché provoca un aumento del voltaggio al resto del filo che può far fulminare le altre lampadine.

    • Utilizza una pinza tagliafili per rimuovere il portalampada difettoso dalla catena.

    What if the socket I am trying to cut out has 3 wires: 2 as shown and one slightly to the side in the same socket? Help please

    Daria Humphrey - Replica

    Christmas lights are the most frustrating thing in the world...if they don't work...don't waste your time, just go get new lights!

    sidrthomas - Replica

    this is just a bad idea all around. first, removing a series socket won't fix the problem, second, if you short the socket you change the voltage drop which the strand works off of. stay away from this.

    jrem123 - Replica

    I bought an artificial tree last year for Christmas that camevwith several strands of lights already on it. This year one strand will not work after replacing 40 lights in the one strand! Finally decided to cut the strand out since it was at the bottom of the 9’ tree & buy a new strand. Pain in the ass as it was twisted so tightly & knotted in many places it was easier to cut it out than unwrap it. On another strand I found 1 light that just keeps burning out bulb the second I replace it. Because it’s not working, allvtge bulbs in that line are not working now either. I think I will try cutting off just the 1 bad socket, hoping the bypass will light up the rest of the strand. It’s too much work to unravel this strand so I think it’s worth a shot!

    pammcgivern - Replica

    Please explain what to do if the bad socket is a “master bulb” (fused bulb) in the middle of a strand - can you still cut this socket out?

    Debbie - Replica

  5. Spellare circa 1 cm di isolamento da entrambi i fili. Intrecciare i fili e inserirli nel connettore per cavi intrecciati. Girare il connettore più volte fino a quando il cappuccio non si sente sicuro, e si può tirare senza farlo cadere.
    • Spellare circa 1 cm di isolamento da entrambi i fili.

    • Intrecciare i fili e inserirli nel connettore per cavi intrecciati. Girare il connettore più volte fino a quando il cappuccio non si sente sicuro, e si può tirare senza farlo cadere.

    • Dopo aver testato le luci e verificato di aver risolto il problema, prendi in considerazione l'inserimento di un sigillante siliconico (o cera da museo) nel cappuccio per evitare l'umidità e impedire che i cavi si corrodano.

    Please do not follow this step, it is very wrong, you must put a load in place of the defective socket, the bulb you are by passing creates a load to drop the voltage 2.5v (assuming this is a 50/100 bulb strand), so removing it will increase the voltage to every other bulb above there rated voltage.

    Rusty Kerr - Replica

    What us a load? My socket is totally melted so i have to remove it.

    Roger W. -

    I don't think that the failure of one single bulb has such a great effect.

    VauWeh - Replica

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Good article, but like almost every other instructional topic on fixing busted Christmas Lights there are no instructions on how to actually get those little darn fuses replaced. What I mean is its easy enough to get the male electric cord plug compartment door open and the old fuses out, but getting the new Christmas light fuses to fit into the slots in many cords I've had is d@m near impossible. I have searched high and low throughout the internet and never found a video or article or any other webpage reference to issues getting the replacement fuses to properly seat into the fuse compartment slots. If someone could write about this subject and provide solid instruction on the best tools and methods to get those pesky little fuses to fit into the slots it would be a gem of a resource for those that do not want to throw strings of christmas lights away simply because the new fuses are so difficult to get to fit into the fuse slots in the electrical plug of the christmas light string.

Shawn - Replica

I use paper clips to pry on one end and change them like batteries

Autumn Ruby -

My preferred tool is a small flathead screwdriver, such an eyeglass screwdriver. Use the flathead to push open the fuse panel in the plug, being mindful to hold the plug in a way that you won’t be injured if the screwdriver slips. That means holding the plug behind where you’re applying pressure with the screwdriver, and always pushing away from yourself rather than toward yourself. Holding the plug in a vise or with pliers also protects your hands.

Then pry up the fuse from the end, like you’re using a crowbar. Never apply pressure to the glass part of a fuse. To insert, push the fuse into the metal clips as far as you can by hand, then apply pressure with the flathead screwdriver to seat the fuse. ALWAYS push on the metal caps, and never push on the glass.

These are my preferred methods with everyday tools. If there are specialized tools for small light-strand fuses, a google search will yield info on those.

Max Power -

Agreed. If someone could help with this, I would be grateful. The rest of the task is a breeze, but removing the old fuses is hard and I am having no success getting the new ones in!

Mary - Replica

Mary/Shawn - this video explained it well for me:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBFfvse4...

If you have the right tool aka a micro-sized screwdriver with a flat head, it was easy.

Hope this helps.

Danny

Danny Sullivan -

a metal nail file and a pair of hemostats...the tip the of nail file at the tip of the metal fuse picks it up and hemostats gently lift them out...insertion of new ones should slant and press in...

kathrynlacaze -

I agree with Shawn, the main information of a gudie like this should be the replacement of the fuses. To cut and short an broken socket is not so hard at all.

Here in Germany we have nearly all old lights replaced with LED. It saves a lot of energy and it will not break for years.

TheLOD2010 - Replica

In the picture when you cut the wire it was the last part of the lights. My lights are faulty in the middle and I don't know where to cut. Also mine are multicolored so they have 3 wires so which wires would I cut? I can't just throw out half of my lights because I cut the strand in half

musicalwhovian25 - Replica

If you're in the middle of a strand, it's pretty much the same: only cut the two wires that do into the socket that refuses to work and then attach them together with wire connectors. Don't cut any other wires!

Kate Bollons -

can you easily find a blown bulb? if so how. if not how.

bobe nye - Replica

How stupid do you have to be to post this as it is a really dangerous way to fix your failing Christmas lights. The best way to fix it is to replace the bulb instead of chop the old one out and twist the cables together. All that is going to happen is either you are going to get an electric shock or push the voltage up of each lamp meaning they will burn out even quicker. If this procedure is done wrong all it will cause is electrocution or cause an electrical fire. A little common sense would prevail before posting this up!

paulcobbett - Replica

Reading this carefully, you'll see the author clearly state that cutting out a socket is a measure to be taken only if nothing else works: "If all else fails, the bulb socket may be broken beyond repair." The way he suggests is pretty good. Using crimp tool connections might be a little better, but both should be plenty safe. Adding electrical tape to hold the wire connector in place might be a good addition to this part of the instructions.

The fundamental problem is that these lights have gotten cheaper and lower quality as the years have passed, so working on them only gets more frustrating. If you ever find an older strand at a second-hand store, one with more space between the lights, you'll find it's much easier to use and is much more durable.

Kate Bollons -

I agree with Kate, the author of this article made it very clear that you only cut the bulb socket out if it totally failed. Cutting 1 or 2 bulb sockets out on a 50, 75, 100, or whatever lightstring, won't make a big enough difference for the rest of the bulbs to burn out faster. Most homes see quite a bit of voltage fluctuations anyways, that's why it is always a good idea to use surge protector in your home. But before you throw away your older Christmas lights because of a couple bad socket, and fill up our landfills even more, repairing them is for sure a good and safe idea, unless one is really a halfwit.

Eva Mills -

That’s pretty rude to call someone stupid. Personally I am grateful to the author that he took his time to post this. Also by making the repair it doesn’t “push the voltage up to each lamp.” if anything the current goes up to a very negligible amount since there is one less bulb in the series.

JR Bird -

I see that someone doesn’t know much about electricity. A bulb is not a resistor or capacitor so it will make no difference in the voltage. As someone with a degree in electronic engineering, cutting a bulb out is no big deal. Make sure its not plugged in. If you use a wire nut or wing nut wrap it in electrical tape. I would recommend using a different connector if your capable that will provide a more secure and safe connection. I also probably would not do this with outside lights unless proper precautions are taken, even then i still wouldn’t do it for outsude lights. It just takes some common sense and ingenuity.

mo Tom -

Did you create an account just to give a wrong answer? :)

“I see that someone doesn’t know much about electricity. A bulb is not a resistor or capacitor…”

The coil of tungsten in an incandescent bulb IS the resistor, that is how the heat and light are created.

Mark Midyette -

Great info. Hopefully this will help me not throw all my lights away in the future, haha.

LaserCat2600 - Replica

Hmmm, a light bulb (incandescent) is not a resistor? Interesting. So what causes the filament to get hot and give off light? Yes, it is resistive and will drop voltage. (The junction in an LED bulb will as well. )

Eva is right however, the extra voltage is not significant .

Seems “someone with a degree in electronic engineering” needs to go back to the books.

Skyln - Replica

A light bulb (incandescent) is not a resistor? Ridiculous. How’s does it dicipate power and generate light. Of course it will drop voltage.

Skyln - Replica

I have an issue where my set of LED lights will light up when plugged directly into an extension chord. However, when I plug that same set of LED lights into another strand that is currently lit, it will not work. I changed the fuses in the male ends of the lights but it did not help. All of the bulbs have to be good because the strand lights when I plug it into the extension chord but not when I plug it into the existing lit set of lights. Any help would be much appreciated.

John - Replica

Something to think about.

1) it works when plugged into the source.

2)it does not work when you plug into another set of lights.

It may be that the set of lights you are plugging into has a bad connector.

Try swapping the order the lights are ran.

Ken Johnson -

Just finished watching and reading thru the posts and have a quick question. Does the Lite Keeper work with LED Strands/bulbs. and If someone could explain the 3rd wire, as I too have this configuration. I have a prelit tree and am trouble shooting on the tree.. strands are wound into the tree, so not EASILY possible to remove and lay on floor or counter to see whole string.

thanks for the help. Mike

Mike Moran - Replica

These were excellent instructions! So helpful!

Thank you!

K Dews - Replica

Outdoor string lights! The squirrels cut several strands. There are two, three and four strands on the same strand.

I need to put them back together but i don't understand how.

Noreen D Edwards - Replica

My a hole cat chewed through my Christmas light wire on my $400 tree! Before I kill the cat, can I fix the wires by striping them and crimping them back together?

Ashley Kelly - Replica

hello, I have a question that I cannot find the answer to .  Within my sting of Christmas lights I have what looks like a blank light socket or maybe an inline fuse.  Can someone explain to me what this is and can I bypass it by cutting it out?  The second half of my lights that follow this connector have gone out and this connector was very hot!  So I am guessing that is the culprit.   Help looking for answers as to what this is.

George - Replica

I opened the fuse door and the fuses just fall out. Is there a way to tighten where the fuses go?

firstfalling - Replica

I believe my issue may be the same as George’s (above comment). I have a prestrung tree with lights that have a “fused bulb ” or master bulb mid strand. When I replace that bulb with another working bulb it still will not light. The bulb just before it however is lit. I am assuming it’s the socket or wiring that is bad, but hesitate to cut it out because I’m not sure how that works differently as opposed to the rest of the strand or other strands without this feature. It’s from balsam hill if that helps. Please help! I hate to ruin the tree and can not fathom trying to restring it the way they have!

Debbie - Replica

Is there any way to check out the fuses if there is no fuse door?

BlondeAmbition159 Bo - Replica

Traced an outage in a string of lights on a pre-lit Christmas tree to a “fused light” that is blackened on the inside. All the other light bases are green and removable. This one light has a white base and is not removable. The tester gives a voltage chirp up to this one socket and then nothing (or intermittent and random chirps?).

Is there a way to bypass this one socket? If the line has 2 fuses, why is there a fused light in-line?

Rich

Richard Pilny - Replica

I live in a multi unit, row town house, in Canada. We have up to 12 trees that are decorated each Xmas.

I end up repairing the light strings. All our lights are now LED type.

What I use to fix the strings, is a product called a ‘LED Keeper’, which includes 2 clips to keep track of where you are on a string, and some substitute modules when you must delete a bad bulb. (these modules use a 280- 300 Ohm resistor, if you know how to solder!)

It uses a 9v battery and tests the strings, which you can test from either end, in case of multiple bulb failures. It uses a trigger driven pin to measure after any bulb, so you can move back and forth to isolate individual bulb failures. Individual LEDs and fuses can also be tested, when removed from the strings.

I got mine at Canadian Tire, don’t know where in the US, but Amazon has them and they have a web site www.ledkeeper.com. I actually bought a second unit after I broke the wire piercing pin.

For fixing multiple strings its a good deal.

MikeD

MikeD - Replica

I need MASTER bulbs for my string of incandescent Christmas tree lights, any idea where I can purchase them?

gacha girl presley Hobbs - Replica

How do I reattach the 3 wires that were severed by a squirrel?

Rodney Palmer - Replica

I have a fiber optic tree. I replaced the bulb last year but it went out again just before I took the tree down. It looks like the fuse is part of the bulb. How can I fix this?

Carolyn humohries - Replica

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