Blinking and trailing Christmas lights add a nice touch to windows and Christmas trees. But occasionally a string of blinking Christmas lights may need to be converted into non-blinking lights. On older light strings, the bulbs could be easily removed from their sockets, but modern Christmas lights keep their bulbs in the socket with a tighter fit. However, even the toughest of Christmas light bulbs can be removed with the right tools and technique.
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Things you need
- Electric wire cutters
- Replacement bulb
Look for the light on the string that is colourless with a red tip. This is the bulb that initiates the blinking.
Verify that the string of lights is unplugged.
Slide wire cutters into the slot between the colourless bulb and its socket. Do not squeeze too hard or you might cut the bulb in half.
Lever the bulb from the socket.
Insert a replacement bulb and plug in the strand to check for proper installation.
Tips and warnings
- Never work with "live," plugged-in Christmas lights.
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