How to fix Christmas tree light fuses

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How to fix Christmas tree light fuses
Christmas tree lights require two fuses. (Getty Thinkstock)

Christmas tree lights are one of the first decorations that many people place on the tree. These long strands of either white or coloured lights provide illumination for the tree. As the lights age, their fuses can fail, which causes the lights to go out. Replacing the fuses in Christmas tree lights is an inexpensive and quick task to perform. Christmas tree replacement fuses can be found at any store that sells Christmas decorations and supplies.

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Things you need

  • Knife
  • Light strand fuses

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  1. 1

    Unplug the Christmas tree lights from the electrical socket.

  2. 2

    Look closely at the plug that was in the outlet and look for a small tab on one side.

  3. 3

    Place the tip of a knife above the tab and push the tab back toward the cord on the Christmas tree lights. The tab will open a door that reveals the two light fuses.

  4. 4

    Pry out the two fuses using the tip of the knife. In some lights you can simply turn the plug over and the fuses will fall out on their own.

  5. 5

    Insert two new Christmas tree light fuses into the fuse location side by side. Press down on the top of each fuse gently to make sure they are secure.

  6. 6

    Grasp the raised tab with your finger or with the blade of the knife and push it upward to close it over the fuses.

  7. 7

    Insert the plug of the Christmas tree lights into the electrical socket. The lights should come on.

Tips and warnings

  • Most Christmas tree lights come with replacement fuses. Sometimes these fuses are taped to the cord.

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