Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Replacement Fuses for Christmas Tree Lights

For the last two or three years, the lights in the bottom portion of our (fake) Christmas Tree haven't worked. I chalked it up to traditional light strands where if one bulb does, the whole strand goes, unless you can figure out which individual bulb is giving you problems.

This is our tenth year with this tree, so again, I figured the lights were getting old, and that it would be a pain to try to fix.

As we were putting the tree together today, Dick suggested that we try to figure out the light situation tier by tier. I admit, I doubted him, but he was totally right to try!

When we found the small bag of replacement lights and directions, we also found tiny little fuses! The directions said that most strand light problems stem from a blown fuse. It then gave step-by-step directions on how to replace the fuse for each strand.

Since we knew which strand section was having problems, we tried popping out the old fuses and replacing with new ones.

...and just like that: a fully lit tree for the first time in a few years!! Who knew?!

Thanks to my hubby for having the wherewithal to investigate. Smart man, he is.

Here's a photo of the small fuses, next to replacement bulbs for size reference.

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