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Best Approach to Repair Incandescent Strings?


OregonLights

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Okay, very basic question but I don't see an answer in the old forums. I have several large figures that have portions of the incandescent strings of mini lights out.

What's the best (fastest) way to determine what's wrong? I.e. start replacing bulbs, checking each socket for power, etc.

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OregonLights wrote:

Okay, very basic question but I don't see an answer in the old forums. I have several large figures that have portions of the incandescent strings of mini lights out.

What's the best (fastest) way to determine what's wrong? I.e. start replacing bulbs, checking each socket for power, etc.

Light Keeper Pro - on clearance at a big box store near you. Hurry.
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LightKeeper is the tool you want!!

Here is how I attack a non working string.

1 Visually inspect string for broken wires, broken or missing bulbs.

2 Unplug a light from the half string that is working (assuming that it is) and a bulb from the non working half and plug the lightkeeper into that socket. Pull trigger multiple times. At least have the time the string will come to life at this point and finding the bad bulb(s) is easy.

3 Using the beeper on the lightkeeper, go down the string until the beeping stops. It is usually the first bulb without the beep but sometimes it's the last bulb that beeped that is bad. Test and replace.

This fixes 90% of problems within about 3 minutes or less. For more stubborn issues I then use my $150 buzz box. And if that wont fix it, I throw the string out.

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Light Keeper Pro!

If that doesn't fix them replace them.

I have a wire frame deer that ia dead and replace the lights with LED.

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