As many of us know, if you take the bulb out of a string of mini Christmas lights,
that section of the string goes out. Sometimes a section will go out even with all
bulbs in. Then you have to search for a bad bulb, a loose bulb or worse yet,
a bad socket.
Do LED strings act the same way? Is the construction the same and it's just the
bulbs that are different?
I bought some LED lights for my old fake tabletop tree. The lights that
came on it were bad, so instead of just buying another tree I spent
about an hour unwrapping the lights that came on it so I could replace
them. There wasn't anything wrong with the tree except the lights. I
counted them and there were about 150 lights on it, so I ended up buying
a strand of 225 LED colored lights and put them on the tree last night.
It looks like a brand new tree now, plus the little LEDS are might
brighter and the colors are more intense, in addition, to them using
about 1/10 of the electricity.
I also bought 1 strands of 50 LEDS and put them outside. One strand went
on my potted baby Frazier Fir, and the other I wound up my porch
support. I had to put my live tree on top of a 5 gallon bucket because
it's pretty short, so I raised it up so it could be seen above the
bushed in front of the porch. It's so cute. It's all on a timer, so
it's good to go. I can't really climb to put lights to hang off the
roof, and neither can the husband, but I have a little Christmas color
on the porch AND in the house. :)
On Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 2:25:41 PM UTC-5, Muggles wrote:
Get out the tissues...
A long time friend of mine recently got married. (late 50's, 2nd
marriage for both). My wife and I gave them a couple of gift
certificates to a local garden center so they can buy some stuff for
their house. His new wife is into landscaping, so we figured it would
be a good gift.
I saw him last week and he told me that they bought a potted evergreen
to use as a Christmas tree. When Christmas is over, they are going
to plant it in their yard. He said that as long as the tree lasts,
they will be able to look at it and know that it came from us.
<smile> We bought a damaged potted blue spruce one late summer and it
sat on our front porch for about 3 years growing and healing. I'd put
lights on it every year while it was on the porch and then it healed up
enough, so we planted it in the front yard. That spruce ended up
growing into a healthy 20 foot tree, but after about 10 years in the
yard the weather got it - extreme summer heat followed by some extreme
winter temps 2 years in a row. We eventually had to cut it down, but it
was pretty while it was there.
Except on small battery-powered strings, the LEDs are wired in series
(similar to mini lights). On most of the ones I have a series is 25, 30,
or 35 LEDs. Many strings have 2 (or even 4) series.
If a LED series fails, it is usually not a bad LED but a bad connection
somewhere (maybe in the series resistor). I have one line that right
now. It will light, but only if someone stands there and keeps pushing
the wires into the lump with the resistor.
18 days until the winter celebration (Friday December 25, 2015 12:00:00
AM for 1 day).
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