How to Replace Christmas Light Bulbs

Remember the Christmas holidays with Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold and the dilemma created over the Christmas lights not turning on? This scene was not only hilarious, but it also typified what many of us go through each Christmas season as we adorned our house or tree with a display of colored lights only to find that one or more of the little buggers did not light up. Trying to locate the culprits can be a frustrating and overwhelming task, unless you have some ground rules etched into your brain to help you unravel the mystery.
Step one

The first thing to do when undertaking the task of replacing Christmas bulbs is not to get frustrated. Frustration can lead to a tangle of lights that have no beginning and no end, leaving you upset and resigned to spending money on a news light kit. Second step

Take your lights and place them on the floor. Once they are untangled and clearly ready for the surgical task ahead, plug them into the nearest electrical outlet to work your way on turning the lights on and off for the lights that need to be replaced. Most sets come with replacement lights, so keep these lights on hand.
Step three

If life were simple, you might find that some bulbs are missing, and once replaced, your string of lights should glow. However, we know that life is not that simple, so you may have to take on the task of individually testing each bulb. Step four

When a faulty bulb is replaced, and it is best to start with the first bulb on the string, the rest of the lights will glow. If the first light you test is not the faulty light, replace it to its original place and continue down the line. If you’re lucky enough, you should find gold on your first few tries, but don’t be discouraged if you get near the end of the chain before the culprit is found.
Step five

For the most part, when  LED Christmas Lights a string of holiday lights doesn’t turn on, it’s due to a faulty light bulb. In some cases, however, there could be a short in the cable causing the problem. In this case, it’s probably less expensive and certainly less frustrating to go out and buy a new set of lights.
Eco-friendly Christmas light replacements

Suppose you are going to replace your Christmas lights because no matter what you do, they will not work. As an environmentally conscious and budget conscious citizen, you should know that replacing your Christmas lights with light-emitting diodes or LED lights is the way to go. These lights are more energy efficient and will last much longer than the cheap sets that most people tend to buy. To prove my point, consider these facts. 1. LED lighting will last 4,000 hours or more, which is an average of four years of continuous use. Most running lights only last an average of 2000 hours.
2. LED Christmas lights use much less energy than incandescent bulbs, averaging 3 to 33 percent less. The good news doesn’t end there, because when one LED goes out, the rest of the light stays on. Therefore, you save yourself the frustration of looking for that light that turns off an entire string.