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What is or who makes the best Mini light test on the market. I have 8 leaping arches and 2 of them have a few 1/2 section burned out. Trying to find a easy way to fix them beside un doing a whole section.

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Daniel Peck

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I use the LightKeeperPro, but that's because my display isn't that big. It works relatively well, and only costs around $20. You can find them at walmart, but they will be packaged by walmart's brand, Holiday Time.

If you have a big display, I'd suggest you get a buzz box tester. It makes the bad bulb buzz, so you can fix it.

-Tyler

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Will the BuZZ box work better on the leaping arches due to them being tightly wound close together??? Who has used the buzz box and what is the pro and cons of it?

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Will the BuZZ box work better on the leaping arches due to them being tightly wound close together??? Who has used the buzz box and what is the pro and cons of it?

The buzz box will definitely work better. LKP's work decently well on light strings by themselves, but they don't do nearly as well on things where there's lights of lights together, or on wireframes, which clutters up their ability to sense power. The trigger will work ok if the problem is a bad shunt, but if you have a loose or broken bulb, it will be hard to find it on an arch with the LKP. The buzz-box is your best choice...

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Does anyone have plans or schematics on how to make a buzz box?

I've been poking and prodding the DIY folks to come up with something. There is not much in them, and certainly not $100 worth of parts.:D

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I got the Light Keeper Pro at hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon - that put the price around $12!:santasmileyitty:

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I tried the LKP on my arches and did not have to much luck with it because they are simply to close to each other. I have a Buzz Box and use it on the arches every year now and it sort of works well.... The lights being so close to one another still make it hard to determine which light is really buzzing. So my solution and I replaced over 100 lights on my 3 20 foot Richard H. style arches.... Is to use a Stethoscope and the buzz box. Now I can easily zero in on which light is actually buzzing.

-Pat

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