‘Tis the season… To be frustrated by Christmas lights. We have a rather nice Christmas tree that is (or was) pre-lit with colored LED lights. But this year when we set it up, there was a section that wouldn’t light up.
I tried everything I could think of, but was unable to fix the lights. Frustrated, I decided to re-light the tree. After all, the tree itself was just fine. It was just that a certain section of lights wouldn’t light up.
To do this, I first had to remove the pre-installed lights. This wasn’t a huge deal, but it did take awhile. There were four long strings of lights that were wound around branches and secured with zip ties and small clips.
As it turns out, it was just half a string of lights that wouldn’t light up, so I could’ve gotten away with just replacing a portion of the lights. However, it can be difficult to match the old lights, so I decided to do a full replacement.
I also decided against re-attaching the new lights because: (1) it would be a huge pain in the butt, and (2) the spacing on “regular” light strings isn’t right. The pre-installed light strings have more wire between bulbs so you can wrap them around the branches and weave them in and out of the tree.
So… I spent an hour or two listening to Christmas carols while removing the old lights from the tree. I then used a couple of long strings of lights to re-light the tree.
In retrospect, I think that buying a pre-lit Christmas tree is foolish as it only takes a few minutes to string up the lights by hand and it’s a real pain to deal with the attached lights when they go bad.