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They just raid my feeders at night. Press the button (or pull the trigger, depending on the model) about 20 times. Christmas lights have a small fuse box close to the plug end and are usually one in the same thing. You should hear a click each time. If you have any questions about hanging outdoor string lights, email us or call us at 713-861-3400. Thanks for hosting. Susan, your porch is a vision of beauty! The next string which is plugged in after the problem string works normal . Thanks for coming to the party! Here’s a page describing how LED Christmas lights work. Do you get lots of bugs and cobweb mess from your lights being on at night? Line pathways or walkways with string lights. Eventually I removed the wiring from under the handrail on the deck on the left. It was so pretty lit up…made me sad to remove it. Here in the south, GIANT cockroaches come out at night–the kind you can saddle up and ride. So far, none of the lights on the house have been assaulted. I eventually donated it because it was so badly damaged. I threw out the old filament bulb outdoor Christmas lights and bought new GE branded outdoor LED string lights. Good job on the rookie-repair! You can opt out by clicking the configure button below. You might want to try mixing Safflower seeds and thistle seed with your bird seed to keep squirrels away. Thanks for the suggestion! Sometimes only a section of the lights will go out, making your job pretty easy. Don’t the raccoons wind and ruin your beautiful porch. To see more of the screened-in porch and deck construction, click HERE and HERE and HERE. LED lights can be blinked without the decrease in life we see in incandescent strings. LED’s aren’t the cheapest lights out their, but they put out A LOT of light. I’m not sure why this pic below came out so nice and bright. Turn off the power running to the lights and unplug the lights. Also Grrrr…. He had chewedand destroyed a very valuable, one of a kind basket, a gift from my daughter. The lights truly add alot of atmosphere. In order to link up, you’ll need to include a link in your MM post back to the host blog, Between Naps on the Porch so your regular readers will be able to find the Met Monday party which ensures your friends and fellow bloggers will receive lots of visits, too. Good wire-chewing repair. I always sigh over photos of your deck and porch! Thanks so much for sharing and hosting this party each week! Yesterday, while getting ready to put up the Christmas lights, I found that two out of eight strings did not work. Plug the string of lights into the socket on the repair tool. Don't subscribe Thanks for hosting, Martina, Your decks are so amazing and even more perfect with lights. Take a look at some of most common LED light problems and the ways to avoid or fix them: LED String Lights Failures Your pergola looks so pretty all lit up at night. It looks like you have a squirrel chewing your wires. Plus, the feeders would be so far away from the porch, I would barely even be able to see the birds when they came to eat. Too funny.Love your lighted porch. I lit the candles on the candlelier, too–just for you!. A squirrel had come in through the chimney and reaked havoc. (Please note: This post  is not a tutorial for lighting repair. Please do not try this at home based on my post. . Actually for many indoor spaces, the “blue light” emitted from LED lighting is … Get ready for a hands-on approach: The best way to locate the culprit (don’t hate us) is to pull each one out and test it in a working string. Love your porch all lit up. If one bulb dies, it can cause the rest of the strand to stop working. It’s a love-hate relationship This past week, I went down into the backyard and retrieved the section of wiring that had been chewed off this last time. They build everywhere…including inside my house. PLEASE DO NOT type in all caps…it spreads the links waaaay out. I striped off the protective covering exposing about an inch of the copper wiring. Nasty old raccoons!!! Each string has a control to change the color & sequence which works normally They are rodents and cause 20 percent of undetermined fires. Glad that helped, Danielle! Squirrels won't come around. The wires themselves are not insulated, (only the LEDs are, they appear to be dipped in some kind of transparent silicone), which What's weird to me because the positive and negative wires are touching all along the length of the strip. The only way to fix the problem is to find the bad bulb. Laura Cottage and Broome. Did you ever do that project? We use cookies to optimally design and continuously improve our websites for you, as well as to display content in line with your interests. A few years ago I purchased some outdoor string lighting from Hobby Lobby. Thanks so much for all the kind words about the porch. I just love lights outside like that. I love the ambiance that your lights bring to your fabulous porch and deck! Oh well, I'll just enjoy them while I can diane, I love your porch and deck. You also have the option to opt-out of these cookies. Thanks for the tips on how to fix the wiring, too. The string lighting really adds a lot to this deck. We've used rope and icicle lighting and haven't had a problem with critters eating them …which is surprising. Options unlimited! Would my repair work? current: @adafruit - previous: MAKE, popular science, hackaday, engadget, fallon, braincraft ... howtoons, 2600... Here’s a page describing how LED Christmas lights work. I especially enjoy them in the winter when the strings of lights are covered in snow. I personally think outdoor lights look so much better when they are draped in the middle and sort of slack down some. I found this site while searching for a way to repair a string of LED lights. Twist the two bare wire ends together. lol! Mice like to chew wiring too! The Fuse of the Christmas Lights. These cookies do not store any personal information. I covered the ends with some little yellow wire caps I had saved from a previous lighting purchase/installation. To receive the latest posts, as well as updates about blog parties, subscribe via an RSS Reader or have BNOTP delivered right to your Inbox. I’m not an electrician. No, haven’t had any damage as of yet from the raccoons. Welcome! The lights add so much atmosphere to the space. So pretty w/ the lights…no wonder your little friend is coming by to visit! I barely cut into it, being careful to not cut all the way through to the copper wires inside. I tried to buy more globes when they were selling the candleliers, in case I dropped one, one day–but they were out of them and never got them back in. Switch off the main power at the consumer unit/fuse box. This answered a lot of questions I had, like why the LED lights flicker, and why there is no obvious transformer or voltage converter in the string.They also have a page on incandescent Christmas lights and how to troubleshoot/repair them. Each has 25 LEDs. Thanks for hosting this party! You'll find contact information for Susan. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. Decorating, Tablescaping, Before and Afters, Thrifty Finds, and Gardening. fixing LED lights. Not amused. I decided to give it one more try since I’m bringing the feeders in now. The Best Outdoor String Lights And How To Use Them. love your note "please don't try this" sounds like these commercials!!! If you see cracked or slit insulation, frayed or bare wires, or damaged plugs, discard the string. If the string is still dark, continue to the next step. This issue can be easily fixed. I love your porch and your house is always amazing! No, we never did that project when I was in school, but it sounds amazing! Once you know how solar power lights works and the basics or using it, you’ll be better equipped to fix the problem. Use wire cutters to strip the ends of the two wires cut in the previous step. Within months of the repair, It (whatever It is) did it again. See that chewed up arm in the background. I know you did a good job.Once, we came home from a two week trip. I live in Decatur, GA and we've had critters (we think chipmunks) chew the wiring in our car engines THREE times already this Fall. i had a critter chew up the wood on the spindles of my deck! Reminded me of when the squirrels use to climb my birdfeeder, and I had to put Vaseline or baby oil on the post to prevent them from coming up. So glad you got your pretty lights up and going! You could give that site a try to see if you can find replacements for your pergola chandelier. Oh, I want your house. Susan, your porch is so beautiful and lit up like that is great! Before fixing a bulb, you need to identify it. =). You can use a screwdriver with a flat head to pry the small door open. Your home is sooo lovelyThanks for hosting the party , That is the most beautiful porch I've ever seen. Do you have exterior lighting on your deck? Thank you for hosting this party once more and for having me. As mentioned by some, the only truly reliable way to fix a string that has a bad section is to take each lamp (LED or incandescent) out of the nonworking part and swap it into a socket of a known working string of the same type. Keeping my fingers crossed nothing comes dining on my lighting again. Thanks for hosting this party! In this blog post we listed 7 most common problems and how to fix them, so without a further ado lets dive into the details. Lighting creates such a special atmosphere, be it inside or out. Plug the string of lights into a normal outlet. Hi Susan! These cookies will be stored in your browser only with your consent. Thanx again for hosting such an awesome party! I have a string of LED Christmas lights with a problem , about 1/2 of the lights are on but very dim the other second half is on normal . It also munched on my brown outdoor wicker. Proud of you for doing electrical work! But if I place the feeders down in the yard, I can’t see them at all unless I walk over to the edge of the porch and stand there looking down. excellent job! If you’d like to include the MM button in your post, just copy and paste the Met Monday button to your computer or grab the html code from underneath the MM logo under the “BNOTP Parties” header at the top of this blog. Love your porch — it's beautiful in daylight and at night. I also have the racoon problem, each year they eat all our grapes right before they are ripe, grrr. FABBY, oh I love your twinkle lights, so romantic! A bulb tester made for Christmas lights will be a worthwhile purchase. Had any problems with raccoons or critters chewing on it? You were clever to figure out how to make the repair yourself. That looks super cozy. They also have taken to coming into our garage to eat our cat's food so can only give him a little at a time. Again, your blog is truly exceptional! They had all been completely chewed through. Money has stood in the way of that dream for 13 years but we do have a steel gazebo to fill the void in the meantime. The lights look beautiful all lit up! We have a squirrel that chewed off one of the dangling bulbs. I spent several hours one afternoon, running it around the top of the pergola to the right of the screened-in porch and under the arm rail of the deck to the left of the porch. Enter your email below: You'll find answers to the most frequently asked questions, Have a question not answered under the FAQ tab? I'm tempted to start having an exterminator come out, just to get rid of them. I don't know how they get inside, but they do. A super-easy way to make your patio, backyard or any outdoor area look beautiful and magical at night is by hanging string lights.There are lots of ways to do it and lots of different types of outdoor string lights to choose from. There was not one inch of the house he missed in his efforts to get out. If you are participating in Metamorphosis Monday you will need to link up the permalink to your MM post and not your general blog address. Ugh! To get your permalink, click on your post name, then just copy and paste the address that shows up in the address bar at the top of your blog, into the “url” box for InLinkz. Great job with the lights. 2. Hi! No feeding lights to the critters. I feel your pain with the critters, deer, rabbits, raccoons and even the birds seem to eat away my plants and outdoor decorating! Outdoor string lights are a cinch to put up if you have the perfectly positioned trees or fence. This picture below is the most accurate of how the porch looks at night with the pergola lit up. lol Happy week!…hugs…Debbie. Carefully inspect each string of lights before plugging it into an electrical outlet. Lights do sometimes draw the candle flies. But opting out of some of these cookies may have an effect on your browsing experience. Never miss a Between Naps on the Porch post! Good luck with the critter and I know what you're talking about with those southern roaches! Thanks for hosting. I'm usually inside on the screened-in porch though, in the no-bug zone. Hi, Susan. Weatherproof outdoor tape will help hold them in place so they don’t move throughout the night. Was thinking that maybe you could put some Tabasco along the electrical cord, but please don't tell PETA that I said that! thanks for hosting and happy halloween! Save over 40% off the annual cover price. Subscribe for Daily Blog Post Updates! I've had to do a little wiring repair, too…when I keep cutting up the extension cord while trimming shrubbery! I think it's safe to say EVERYONE dreams of having a porch like yours. So glad you got the wiring fixed, hope Mr. Wildlife finds a new place to chill Thanks for hostessing the party! I had a pretty outdoor-wicker patio dining set on one of my desks and they even chewed it. We detected that you have javascript disabled. I tried bringing the feeders in at night, but I often forgot until it was pitch black dark outside. If a string of lights fails to work, the fuse may be bad. Yours look so lovely on your screened porch. I finally solved the “forgetting” problem by setting the alarm on my cell phone to go off each night around dusk. I got out my needle nose wire cutters and snipped into the wire near the end where it had been chewed through. . I sort-of remember learning about open & closed circuits in science class & how to produce light with a battery, etc (& once with a potato). When guests are visiting, it’s especially nice to have the deck(s) lit up. I spent several hours one afternoon, running it around the top of the pergola to the right of the screened-in porch and under the arm rail of the deck to the left of the porch. What an absolutely beautiful place to spend an evening, Susan! When we connect several strings in a daisy-chain connection, we can rotate the plugs and cause any string to use either half of the cycle. PartyLights.com is always here to help! Starry lights apt for both indoor and outdoor settings. Most string lights have two tiny fuses inside the plug. thanks for hosting!! Animals or even freezing and thawing soil can also cause the light or its panel to sit at an angle instead of directly facing the sun. © 2008-2020, Between Naps on the Porch | All Rights Reserved. It was perfect for my deck(s) because it was white and the decks are painted white. A nighttime view at 10:00 PM Saturday evening. You’ll find additional details about the porch construction (flooring, size, sheers etc…) under the FAQ category at the top of this blog. My kind of party. love the warm glow from your newly fixed twinkle lights! You can just see it in this pic (below) taken before it was removed. *Subscribe to have updates delivered to your Inbox. My nemesis is spiders. Maybe I could put it in the planter beside the lights and that would discourage them. The porch is beautiful, as always. Items 1 to 12 of 28 total Show 8 12 16 32 48 64 per page Anyway, the memory was fuzzy so I did a little search & came across your post. Plug in your string of lights and turn them on. . And now I think my string of solar lights can be saved! Thanks for hosting! If one of your light strings isn’t working at all, or if only half of the lights are working, unplug the string and look for a small access door on one side of the male plug (the one with the prongs). The way to do this is make sure that your two hanging points (start and end) and exactly secured at the same level and give the string lights just a … LED Christmas lights, like the classic incandescent ones we're used to, can fail one light at a time or an entire string. Following are some great examples of backyard and patio string lights in different patterns over outdoor spaces: Reading this post via e-mail or RSS feed? You’ll find links to subscribe via RSS and Email on the sidebar to the right. To read about 9 awesome features you may want to consider including when building a screened-in porch, click HERE. Linnea, it usually isn't on for that long, unless I'm actually entertaining out there. Metamorphosis Monday: Lovely!! You are the man! Your home is sooo beautiful !Thank you for sharing all the beauty, tips and inspiration. We've gotten to know the people at the rental car company on a first name basis… Oh well, this too shall pass! This product incorporates the timeless look of Edison-style bulbs with the modern conveniences of LED technology, water-resistant features, industrial strength and 120 volts of power. I guess it’s partly my fault because I have feeders hanging off the decks and that tends to draw “wildlife” to your home. Again, let me say, this post is not a tutorial for lighting repair. I loved reading your post. Nothing beats cafe-style string lights for their ability to quickly improve the ambiance in an outdoor space. 4) Tips for draping lights. Susan, you are just too talented. You go girl! I love it….I also like your bird feeders….Lucky you!! The lighting isn’t this bright in person, but it isn’t as dark on the deck as the pics above, either. LED lights are becoming more popular as folks are realizing the importance of long term green lighting solutions. The good news, though, is that you can skip that laborious process and still light up a blacked-out string with the Light Keeper Pro ($16, amazon.com). Susan your porch looks beautiful lit up like that. Beautiful deck, great lighting.– Joy. I love your outdoor lights, too. Unfortunately he had craweled into the basket and died. Never miss a Between Naps on the Porch post! Grrrr! You are a real trooper to get that wiring fixed. I tell ya, squirrels can be so destructive! , Love your porch, I am overcome with extreme envy. Plug in your LED Christmas light strand to see which lights will need to be replaced. It’s best to always seek a professional electrician when you are in need of electrical work or for a repair.). The only way to fix the problem is to find the bad bulb. 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