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Fixing miniature Christmas lights

Christmas is just around the corner, and that means many people are hanging lights.  This can be fun, but it can also be frustrating.  Sometimes you pull out a strand that worked fine last year, and only part or none of it lights up.  Many people then throw the strand away and buy a new one.  But I have found that with the right tool and a few minutes of your time, you can fix many of these strands.

My tool of choice is called the Light Keeper Pro.  The main function of the tool is to repair the shunts in the bulbs.  The purpose of shunts is to pass the electrical current on to the next bulb if the filament burns out.  Normally, the shunt activates as soon as the filament fails, but sometimes they don’t work and need a little help to activate.  This is where the tool comes in.  While the strand is plugged in, you pull out a bulb in the burnt out section, insert the tool into the socket, and pull the trigger.  Each time you pull the trigger, it sends a high voltage blast of electricity into the bulbs to help activate any shunts that haven’t yet done so.  You can tell when the job is done because the previously unlit portion of the strand will light up.  The tools also has a few other features, such as a current detector, and a bulb removal tool.

If you are interested in this tool, and in fixing your lights, I recommend you visit their website and check out their instructional videos.

I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas!  And hopefully this will help make your holiday season a little brighter (pun intended).

-Daniel

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