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How to Stop Flashing Christmas Lights

Updated February 21, 2017

Christmas lights come in two main varieties: flashing lights and nonflashing lights. Both varieties can be white, red, blue or coloured. If you want your flashing Christmas lights to stop flashing, you can do it by using replacement bulbs. Only certain lights on a flashing light strand cause the other lights to flash. If you take those out and replace them with standard lights, the lights will stop flashing.

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  1. Unplug the Christmas lights from the outlet.

  2. Go over the lights one by and one and locate all of the lights that generate the flashing and remove them. They are usually clear with a red tip.

  3. Replace the flashing lights with a standard light of the colour of your choice. Make sure you've replaced all of the lights that cause the flashing on the strand.

  4. Plug the Christmas lights back into an outlet. They should no longer flash.

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Things You'll Need

  • Replacement bulbs

About the Author

Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer and contributing editor for many online publications. She has been writing professionally since 2008 and her interests are travel, gardening, sewing and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Johnson taught English in Japan. She has a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.

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