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    Christmas Light Blues

    I put up my exterior icicle style x-mas lights.
    A couple sections didn't light up.

    I replaced all the bulbs in those two missing sections with new bulbs that I tested before installing. Still no luck.

    I probably spent more time messing with the lights than what they are worth.

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    Re: Christmas Light Blues



    Amazon this thing, worked for me.
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    Re: Christmas Light Blues

    LOL! Yeah, I used to try to fix them, too, but you’re pretty much fighting a losing battle. Therefore, if there are more than just a couple out in any string, off to the trash theh go. New ones are so cheap.

    Also still buying the old-fashioned incandescent lights. LEDs are too bright/white to my and my wife’s tastes.
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    Re: Christmas Light Blues

    Only buy sets wired in parallel, if a single bulb or a single socket goes bad, the rest of the string stays lit.
    Plus you can always tell which light is out...
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    Re: Christmas Light Blues

    We have some stairway incandescent that I just scrapped - told wifey to buy new LED garland, its the last we have of old stuff.
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    Re: Christmas Light Blues

    The Christmas lights you buy these days are made in China and are only designed to last one season, two seasons at most. The literally & spontaneously disintegrate while in storage over the course of the year after you first use them. If you're going to go that route - it's honestly just best to buy new Chinese strings.

    These Chinese Christmas lights are worse quality than even URO parts. I wonder if they are made in the same factories?

    My mom and dad have the old-school incandescent strings with the individual colored "screw-in" bulbs both for exterior and for the tree itself. I can't wait to get my hands on them so I can use them. My dad got them in the early 1960s and they still work great.

    A lot of boy-hood memories of uncoiling and stretching out the strings with my dad on the driveway and lawn, and plugging them in to replace the burnt-out bulbs in the strings. My dad was so particular, the colors had to be in a certain repeating pattern/order, LOL. Meaning I couldn't replace a burnt-out orange bulb with a green one, for example. It had to be another orange one.

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    I got lucky to get two years out of them. This is the third year and I will just deal with some blacked out icicles and blame it on global warming.

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    .....spontaneously disintegrate while in storage over the course of the year after you first use them....
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    I’d blame it on Chinese crap manufacturing. And then look for US-made ones.

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