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PlanetChristmas Magazine September 2014

September 2014  |  PlanetChristmas  21 6. UNPLUG the string and plug in the LED Keeper (make sure it is in working order and has batteries) 7. I like to start my testing right in the center of the section that is not working. 8. You will need the wire that is attached directly to your bulb set. Attach the LED tester and pull the trigger. 9. With the trigger pulled you should see either the left side or right side of your test string light up. 10. Now move your marker to the point you just tested and move your LED tester to the middle of the section that did not light from the previous test. 11. You will continue to divide and test until you find the LED that is causing the string not to light. It might be one or sev-eral bulbs. LED Keeper Tips 1. Make sure your tester is piercing the wire. This becomes an issue when you pull the trig-ger and you get no result. Try to make sure the test wire is centered in your tester and try again and or try another place on your string. There is a possibility that your entire string is burnt out also. 2. Check your battery each year. I change mine once a year. 3. Practice on an old string Another Tip: If you have more than one bulb out I would recommend that you find all the bad bulbs before making repairs. Mark each bad bulb to be repaired. Complications If all the first checks are good (wire, fuses, plugs) but you have no lights at all. What to do? When the LED tester is used and all the lights come on but are dim so now what? Check the string and see what type of LED bulb you have - socketed or solid? If they’re socketed then more than likely one or more of the legs of the LED bulb are rusted or there is a bad connection (see picture below.) If you have a solid socket and the LED can-not be removed then corrosion is still the main concern. Another problem has come up but very sel-dom: one or more of the LEDs is reaching the end of life. The end of life on an LED can and will occur on both the socketed and solid socket bulb types. Rusting or corrosion would be the first issue to look for in the above scenario with the end of life being a very small percentage of your repairs. How to find and repair manually Follow the same instructions as for testing but now you will look for a brightness change. The brightness change should be noticeable but can be very slight. LED Keeper with accessories Inside an unhealthy LED socket


PlanetChristmas Magazine September 2014
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