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I have sealed bulb wire frame snowmen that have about 500 leds each in different colors.

Over half the lights went out on one snowman. I started testing from end of unlit lights to the other end. I found 3 led's that had gone bad. The three bad led's caused over 250 lights to not work.

I cut out the bad lights and soldered in 3 new lights from another string, using shrink tube at the joints, and I am back in business.

I have other wire frames with various sections not working, that are not in my show.

With the use of this tool, I will have them all back in service for next year.

I also have many replaceable bulb strings with sections not working. As mentioned above, You will need to sacrifice a string to repair the others, but I would not even bother had I not bought this GREAT tool.

Just my 2 pennies...

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I also bought one of the yellow LED keepers and was able to repair my string in a few minutes! Great tool. Just one word of advice, the first time a section does not light when the trigger is pulled, don't assume you found the bad one. I did and cut out the "bad" LED. Then used the pod to verify I had the bad one cut out. Still didn't light! I suggest you reposition the wire and try again before coming to the conclusion you have the bad one in your hand. This just might save some people from having to replace a good LED.

Just my experience......

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I also bought one of the yellow LED keepers and was able to repair my string in a few minutes! Great tool. Just one word of advice, the first time a section does not light when the trigger is pulled, don't assume you found the bad one. I did and cut out the "bad" LED. Then used the pod to verify I had the bad one cut out. Still didn't light! I suggest you reposition the wire and try again before coming to the conclusion you have the bad one in your hand. This just might save some people from having to replace a good LED.

Just my experience......

Good advice, before cutting off the possible bad LED light you should connect the LED Keeper to both sides of the possible defective LED, the LED's on each side of the bad LED should light up. If they do not you might have a not found the defective LED or you have 2 or more bad LED's in the string.

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For sealed bulbs, what's the best way to wire in a replacement after cutting out the bad bulb? Does it matter where the replacement comes from (different strand, different manufacture, etc)? In other words, if I buy a small strand if LED's to use as replacement bunks, what's the best way to splice them in?

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For sealed bulbs, what's the best way to wire in a replacement after cutting out the bad bulb? Does it matter where the replacement comes from (different strand, different manufacture, etc)? In other words, if I buy a small strand if LED's to use as replacement bunks, what's the best way to splice them in?

First off you will need to make sure the wires are oriented correctly,anode to cathode or vice versa. (You will know it's right if the light works.) Most same color LED's use the same power so that shouldn't be an issue. As far as splicing them in, I bought white and green shrink tube I believe it is 1/4 inch I solder the wires together, coat the soldered wires with a dab of silicone, and then put the heat shrink over the connection.  

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We had three strings in which half the string went out. We had just got the LED Keeper the day before

so was curious how it would work,

It took a total of 15-20 minutes to isolate and repair the three strings. Wish I would have

had it last year when we had problems and took strings down off the house and strung new

strings. Big pain

Edited by dfuller

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My local Menards store has LED keepers half off right now with over a dozen in stock.  It's a steal if there's a store near you with some in stock.  They also had many Light Keeeper Pros for incan lights half off.

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I used mine for the first time yesterday. 15 minutes to repair 2 strands. It's just as easy as using the LKP for incans. I was very impressed.

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