How to Replace a Christmas Light Bulb With a LED Bulb

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Christmas lights are a traditional means to make our holiday season colourful. Today's holiday light selection includes string lights with light-emitting diodes, known as LED. LED string lights are brighter and last longer than common string lights with incandescent bulbs; however, if one or more of your LED bulbs goes out you will need to replace them. Replacing LED lights is fairly easy to do and will make your holidays brighter. Tips for changing the bulbs are similar for indoor and outdoor LED lights.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • LED light bulb
  • LED string of lights
  • LED string of lights manual

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    LED Christmas Light Replacement

  1. 1

    Refer to the LED string lights manual. Usually, LED Christmas lights will come with a manual, especially if the lights are more complicated and specialised. If you are not experienced with repairing bulbs or any electrical gadgets, you will need to follow instructions.

  2. 2

    Check the size and shape of the missing lights. Determine what size, type, and colour of LED bulb that you need because there are many varieties available. If you are not sure what type you have, bring a wasted bulb where you plan to purchase replacement bulbs so that they can assist you.

  3. 3

    Plug in the string of lights to find the defective light. Often you will spot the light because it is dark or it is radiating only a small amount of light. Sometimes lights will flicker and dim while plugged in. The flickering will help you spot the faulty ones.

  4. 4

    Remove the bulbs. Once you have purchased the correct bulbs and have identified the defective bulb, unplug the lights and remove the wasted bulb. Be careful so that you do not break the old bulb. To remove it, gently hold the bulb and pull it away from the basket.

  5. 5

    Replace the bulb. The new one should fit without any fuss, simply push the bulb into the basket - it should make a snap when it is fitted correctly. Do the same to any other lights that need replacement.

  6. 6

    Plug in the string of lights to make sure that the new bulbs are working correctly.

Tips and warnings

  • Because LED lights are pricier than non-LED holiday lights, it is better to buy replacement bulbs than buying a set of string lights to replace when there is a faulty light.
  • LEDs are still limited in half-life and they do rust, especially when exposed to moisture. If you use them as outdoor decorations, make sure you string them in a place that is far from rain, snow or any place they can get wet.

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