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Led's Not Lighting All The Way

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I have several sets of 60 count leds that worked fine last year but this year 1/2 of them are barely lit up. any thoughts on fixing them? are they trash?

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they are replicable bulbs and I have a light keeper pro I wasn't aware it could be used on leds. I tried replacing every bulb one at a time moving the bulbs from the end that worked. I removed the unlit bulb and placed it in place of a known working bulb. the non lit bulb lit just fine and still have the same issue with the other end barely lighting up as if not getting enough power.

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Be careful, the light keeper pro does not work on LEDs.  You need the LED light keeper, it is a different device.    Also when changing led bulbs you should replace with the same color as the power consumption does vary by color ( or at least it used to,.........).   

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I noticed that it was an led light keeper that you spoke of after I posted, and I replaced the bulbs all in order from one end of the strand to the other end so power consumption shouldn't be an issue

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LED Light Keeper repair tool. http://www.homedepot.com/p/Unbranded-LED-Light-Diagnostic-and-Repair-Tool-Kit-3203CDX/203462277?cm_mmc=sem|psocial|fbx|dynamic#.Ul3d7p0o6Uk

I have fixed a bunch of LED strings using this to find the bad LED.

 

$34 for a LED keeper! That's steep

 

http://www.environmentalled.com/LED-Keeper-p1788.html

 

 

This tool will help you out. But, there is also a chance that you have a loose wire in your series that is causing half the strand to be dead. 

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$34 for a LED keeper! That's steep

 

http://www.environmentalled.com/LED-Keeper-p1788.html

 

 

This tool will help you out. But, there is also a chance that you have a loose wire in your series that is causing half the strand to be dead

 

that's just it there not dead there just very very dim but you can tell there on

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If it is half a string it sounds like the rectifier is bad. The rectifiers are the bumps in the wiring. Here is a cheaper source for the led light keeper. It works great. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007H4I8HY/ref=asc_df_B007H4I8HY2765565/?tag=shopzilla_rev_274-20&creative=394997&creativeASIN=B007H4I8HY&linkCode=asn  But cant help a rectifier problem.

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If it is half a string it sounds like the rectifier is bad. The rectifiers are the bumps in the wiring. Here is a cheaper source for the led light keeper. It works great. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007H4I8HY/ref=asc_df_B007H4I8HY2765565/?tag=shopzilla_rev_274-20&creative=394997&creativeASIN=B007H4I8HY&linkCode=asn  But cant help a rectifier problem.

 

If they are non-brand or replacable LED strings, there is no rectifier but a resistor in the blob.

 

The most likely problem is rust on the leads of the LED inside the socket, also the contacts in the socket will have to be cleaned.

 

This is the hardest problem to find and repair.

 

The GREEN LED Keeper was designed to help troubleshoot this problem.  I have this model available if interested.

 

PM me.

Edited by LED Keeper

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it is not the recifer this happen when one of the led wire rusts it pass a little power and the string lit up dimly you need to find the bulb that is rusted and fix it then your string will lit up brite if this is a cheap wal mart string it probably dont even have recifer

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it is not the recifer this happen when one of the led wire rusts it pass a little power and the string lit up dimly you need to find the bulb that is rusted and fix it then your string will lit up brite if this is a cheap wal mart string it probably dont even have recifer

 

A bad rectifier could cause a portion of the string to barely light up-not always a bad "bulb" or rust issue.I have had this happen with a brand new,,just out of the package high quality sealed string

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thanks for all the input i'm going to order the LED light fixing tool. does anyone have any input on wear to buy new better  LEDs I like the ones that are flat on top.

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A bad rectifier could cause a portion of the string to barely light up-not always a bad "bulb" or rust issue.I have had this happen with a brand new,,just out of the package high quality sealed string

 

 

it could but with an old string far more likely rust

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I just got my led light tester and it worked great got them fixed I little hard for the ones that were partially lit but helped to narrow the problem down and got them fixed. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE THAT HELPED.

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I just got my led light tester and it worked great got them fixed I little hard for the ones that were partially lit but helped to narrow the problem down and got them fixed. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE THAT HELPED.

 

so it bet it was rust or bad bulb not recifier rite ha ha

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What is a recifier?  Do you mean rectifier?

 

do you enjoy following me around and trying to insult me?  dont you have lites to work on or something? 

Face it you were wrong I was write but now the only thing you can do besides man up is make fun of my spelling.  Others see how little you are, so I just move on.

Edited by Bobby Menard

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How could I be wrong when I clearly explained I had a brand new set of sealed LEDs fail in the exact same way due to a bad rectifier......it happens. As far as your spelling and grammar,why not just TRY to improve instead of making excuses?

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Come on guys, family friendly, Christmas centric. We are here to learn and help each other. That's what PC is all about.

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