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Old 12-05-2009, 08:30 AM
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tree lights out

I've had my tree up but it takes me several days to get it decorated the way I want it. Well I finally got it just the way I want it and the second night, I turned the lights on and yep, a section right in front is dark, the lights are not working and it's a pre-lit tree that was new last year. grrrrrrrrrrr.

So I'm debating, do I un-decorate so I can look for the bulb that's burned out, or is it a bulb? Could be the wiring in the string? Or do I just buy another set of white lights and add them on the tree?

I've had a wall tree for many years that I put up every year, it came with lights and I have never had any burn out on that tree. My main living room tree, new last year and a section of lights is not lit. LOL, what are the odds.

As Scarlet O'Hara says, "I will think about it tomorrow".
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You might look for a light keeper pro. It is a tool that is supposed to fix a strand of lights. You take out one of the bulbs in the strand and plug it in and then pull the trigger until the strand lights up. It is supposed to fix the shunt in the bad bulb so the rest of the strand will light up. I hope it is not like the problem I had with my tree when I was setting it up this year. I had five branches go out. The weird part was that they were in the middle of the strand of lights. It must had a power surge go through it because there was 44 bulbs that burned out on those five branches. I hope you get it fixed.
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Thanks for the tip. I think I'll just get another string of lights and put them on the spot that is dark. Maybe, if I remember, I will see what's wrong when I take the tree down.

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I dont have a pre-lit tree but have wanted one for a couple of years now. I was always afraid of a section going out and having to replace with a set of lights. But, I do think the amount of time saved overall by having a prelit tree is worth it. Good luck. I hope when you take it down, you discover it was something minor and you can get it up and running next year without a problem.
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I would add the set of lights and forget about it until after you take it down. I had a pre-lit and this happened to me. I ended up throwing it out after the whole tree went out and got a new tree that had no lights on it. It works out better. It's nice to have the pre-lit though because it makes it easier to set up since the lights are already on it but it became a headache for me. I hope you get it fixed, that's a shame.
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