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Checking Strands

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I have been going through testing the lights for a few weeks now and just wondering how everyone goes about trying to fix those old strands. I run a mix up incans and LEDs currently and I have the little fun gun light checker deal that most any store has this time of year. I have quite a few strands from time to time where I just want to smash that thing when it gives false readings but then also saves a pretty new strand.

Of course I always start with the most obvious fails of broken bulbs, fuses, and cut wires but theres always those few where every "dead" bulb lights up and there seems to be no apparent issue with the fuses or cut in the wire. These then get all the bulbs removed and turned into extension cords.

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Anyone know of a YouTube post showing exactly how to use the LED light keeper?  I've tried reading the instructions, and I guess I'm just dense.  I always did better when someone showed me.

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I find the buzz box is also a very useful tool to have when dealing with lots of incan lights.  It is kind of expensive but to me it has been well worth the money.   Maybe you can find a used one from someone who has switched to all LED's.

 

Here is a search result for the Light Keeper Pro

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=light+keeper+pro

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LED Light keeper pro is a godsend... once you get the hang of it, its super fast and easy to locate the bad bulb(s). It has saved me 5 strands so far this year, and I think 3 last year. I always recommend having at least 1 backup strand for each thing you have, that way mid-season replacement is quick and gives you time to fiddle with the busted strand while its not on a prop or on your house.

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I gotta say, I have the patience to fiddle with broken starnds...it's almost relaxing , believe it or not :) I would take anyone's broken starnds, for free if they don't want them:rolleyes:

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Haha BigJ. I have a 4 year old and a 1 year old. I have a lot of patience but not for checking strands right now

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When I used incandescent lights, my Buzz-Box was invaluable!!!!  Gathering dust now.  I do use the LED light keeper for my LEDs.  FYI - I have found nothing that works well with LED Net lights.

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I'll try mine again this year.  Maybe I was doing something wrong.  As for messing with light strands, I agree it can really be relaxing, especially if you've got a Charlie Chan movie playing on the You Tube.

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Is it possible that my LED light keeper doesn't work?  The little red light comes on, so the battery is still good.  But, when I used it on any kind of strand, even the ones that work, nothing lights.  I've watched three different youtube videos, and each time they use theirs, the part of the strand that does work, lights up.  Mine doesn't do that.  

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Yep.  The videos show that you plug the strand into the light keeper, then click on the individual strands.  I've tried each strand of wire, snugged tightly against the black clip, and squeezed very hard...nothing.  I wonder if the needle that's supposed to punch to the copper wire is faulty.

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Are you starting at the far end of the strand or closest to the plug? I find that I have to squeeze hard a few times in a row occasionally for the needle to dig deep enough....  also make sure you are hitting the right wire. I can't tell you how many times I punch the ground wire and cant figure out whats going on.

What brand or type of light are you using? maybe its the way its wired? does it have capacitors mid strand? I find those make checking the strands wacky sometimes...  

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