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brucet9

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About brucet9

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  • Birthday 04/02/1945

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    "The Gift of the Magi"
  • Location
    Huntington Beach, CA
  • Biography
    Old guy
  • Interests
    woodwork
  • Occupation
    handyman
  • About my display
    Big olive tree needs about 600 feet of minilights
  1. I have strings of LED lights from Creative Displays. There is a cylindrical "blob" just after the male plug and another just before the female plug on the 50-light strings. 70-light and 100-light strings have the same front and back "blobs" and one in the middle as well. I know that LED strings have a resister somewhere in the circuit to keep from overloading the LEDs, but that would require only one such "blob" for 50-light strings and maybe two for the two halves of longer strings. Since there are two wires entering at the plug side of the end "blobs" and three wires from the other side, it occurs to me that they may also be junction boxes. Maybe the center one is just a junction box for connecting the last LED for each of the two halves of the string to the neutral wire? Can anyone "enlighten" me as to what these mystery cylinders have inside them?
  2. There are two such cylinders at each end of the strings of of lights. Strings of 70 and 100 have one in the middle. There are three wires and clearly, one is common and the other two are dedicated for the two halves, since the second half may still work when the first half is dead or vice versa. If those are resistors, why is there one on each end and one in the middle of strings longer than 50? Bulbs are all equally bright.
  3. Are those resistors replaceable? The bad strings seem to be 70s. Are the middle resistors different depending on how many lights? Why are there resistors at both ends of the string?
  4. Some of LED the strings I bought a few years ago from Creative Displays are failing by halves. That is either the lights before or after the middle ballast (or whatever that cylindrical thing is) no longer work. Anyone have a solution? Also, some strings fail to light when plugged in all the way into the preceding string, but will work if the plug is backed out 1/8" or so.
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