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Why Your Christmas Lights Go Off

How to Get Your Christmas Lights Working: Why Strands of Christmas Lights Do Not Work and How to Fix the Problem.


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[ad#block]Electrical Question: Why do my Christmas lights burn for a few minutes and then go off?

What can I do to get them to work by Christmas?
Thanks Mike

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Mike.
Background: Mike, a Handyman from Virginia.

How to Fix Christmas Lights that are Not Working

Application: Troubleshoot Christmas Light Problems.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate – Depends on the extent of the outdoor lighting that will be installed.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and Voltage Tester and a fiberglass or non-metal ladder.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience and ability to work with strands of outdoor holiday lights and work from a ladder. Having a helper will help prevent the lights from being tangled together.
Precaution: Identify the lighting circuit or power source and test it before installing the Christmas light strands.
Notice: If you plan to install additional electrical wiring or timer controls the project should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.

Side Note: Mike, this reminds me of the National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, The movie is a kick in the pants, if you haven’t seen it I highly recommend it because he is decorating his house just like you with hundreds of Christmas lights and he has circuit problem as well.

Why Strands of Christmas Lights Do Not Work and How to Fix the Problem

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This is a testing tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and is the first test tool I grab to help identify electrical wiring. It is a Non-contact tester that I use to easily Detect Voltage in Cables, Cords, Circuit Breakers, Lighting Fixtures, Switches, Outlets and Wires. Simply insert the end of the tester into an outlet, lamp socket, or hold the end of the tester against the wire you wish to test. Very handy and easy to use.

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