How to Fix Blinking Christmas Lights

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How to Fix Blinking Christmas Lights
Christmas light removal can be a challenge. (Christmas lights image by PHOTOFLY from

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

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  1. 1

    Look for the light on the string that is colourless with a red tip. This is the bulb that initiates the blinking.

  2. 2

    Verify that the string of lights is unplugged.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    Lever the bulb from the socket.

  5. 5

    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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