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Why, If I Know Electricity Is Flowing Through Led Line, Bulbs Won't Light?

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My first mistake was forgetting to remove leds from a tree last season. Now, the bulbs won't light. I've plugged new strands into the end of these forgotten strands and the new ones will light. So, I know electricity is flowing through the line. This is consistent with every strand left in the tree, a huge Sycamore. I'm hoping someone can tell me it's something simple. Other than, don't leave your lights up each year. Appreciate any help I can get.

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Plugging something into the other end of the string only tells you that the "bypass" wires are not broken. There can still be a break in the line that the lights are connected to.

There is a good thread on here about testing/repairing LEDs. Can't find it right now.

And before I forget, welcome to PC!

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Thanks for the welcome and I'll look for the thread. I've got a lot to learn!

So do I. Don't let that "Senior Member" tag fool you. It only means that I have made a lot of posts. I building my first animated display this year.

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My experience is that many of the LED's purchased from big "box" stores the last couple of years are not very water tight. I just threw away 5 strands yesterday that I purchased last year and were only out for the month of December. I took the plastic "globe" off, slightly tugged on the LED and sure enough, the LED leads were rusted out as Mark the Snowman mentioned. When the lead rusts out, there is no electricity to pass through to the next bulb, therefor you have a strand that is plugged in that is completely dark!

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