Isolate the circuit you plan to work on by removing the circuit fuse. LED lights can be blinked without the decrease in life we see in incandescent strings. I should search for it on YouTube and see if someone’s done a video of that on there. Decorating, Tablescaping, Before and Afters, Thrifty Finds, and Gardening. I love sitting on the porch and watching them swoop down from the trees to feed just a few feet away. Reading this post via e-mail or RSS feed? ah! You could give that site a try to see if you can find replacements for your pergola chandelier. Money has stood in the way of that dream for 13 years but we do have a steel gazebo to fill the void in the meantime. They just raid my feeders at night. Don’t the raccoons wind and ruin your beautiful porch. Items 1 to 12 of 28 total Show 8 12 16 32 48 64 per page No, we never did that project when I was in school, but it sounds amazing! It was so pretty lit up…made me sad to remove it. Lighting creates such a special atmosphere, be it inside or out. Unplug the light strand. Turn off the power running to the lights and unplug the lights. Was thinking that maybe you could put some Tabasco along the electrical cord, but please don't tell PETA that I said that! Grr..Glad you could fix yours. You’ll find links to subscribe via RSS and Email on the sidebar to the right. Once you know how solar power lights works and the basics or using it, you’ll be better equipped to fix the problem. As mentioned by some, the only truly reliable way to fix a string that has a bad section is to take each lamp (LED or incandescent) out of the nonworking part and swap it into a socket of a known working string of the same type. In this blog post we listed 7 most common problems and how to fix them, so without a further ado lets dive into the details. A bulb tester made for Christmas lights will be a worthwhile purchase. NOMA LED Outdoor String Lights are perfect for illuminating your porch, garden and more; Suitable for indoor and outdoor use; Features 60 warm white LED lights throughout; Automatic timer offers 6 hours on and 18 hours off; Lighted Length: 20' (6 m) Light Colour: warm white lights; Require 3 AA batteries (batteries not included) Yours look so lovely on your screened porch. LED Christmas string light accessories will help you to maintain and repair LED String lights with LED bulbs, male and female plugs and sockets. You can see the chopped off wiring at the bottom of this pic below. What an absolutely beautiful place to spend an evening, Susan! There's just something comforting about seeing that glow at night. The next string which is plugged in after the problem string works normal . When it comes to outdoor decorative lighting, few things are more loved than rope lights and string lights.If you have an outdoor lighting display, you may already be aware of rope light and string light’s biggest enemy: the rodents. Hi Susan! Thanks for hosting. Shed some light on your outdoor situation with the 120V Commercial Outdoor LED String Lights. Use small, lightweight string lights for this purpose. Thanks for hosting this party! I recommend you always call a licensed electrician when you have a lighting repair or issue in your home. Never miss a Between Naps on the Porch post! Thank you for hosting this party once more and for having me. I can relate to your frustration with the lights not working since we too have lights lining our deck. I'm usually inside on the screened-in porch though, in the no-bug zone. In the evening, their soft glow overhead can visually transform an ordinary patio into a party-ready spot for hosting friends or cheer up a dim walkway with an inviting luminescence. Then a year or two later, S & H went out of business. Out of these cookies, the cookies that are categorized as necessary are stored on your browser as they are essential for the working of basic functionalities of the website. I spent several hours one afternoon, running it around the top of the pergola to the right of the screened-in porch and under the arm rail of the deck to the left of the porch. Drape outdoor lights … Soft jazz or Italian countryside music in the background….. the soft clinking of glasses, good friends gathered together. Lovely!! To get your permalink, click on your post name, then just copy and paste the address that shows up in the address bar at the top of your blog, into the “url” box for InLinkz. lol Happy week!…hugs…Debbie. You’ll find additional details about the porch construction (flooring, size, sheers etc…) under the FAQ category at the top of this blog. Animals or even freezing and thawing soil can also cause the light or its panel to sit at an angle instead of directly facing the sun. A few years ago I purchased some outdoor string lighting from Hobby Lobby. It's absolutely gorgeous. Here in the south, GIANT cockroaches come out at night–the kind you can saddle up and ride. Thanks for hosting this party … I posted about making temporary Cake Stands using Museum Putty … with this folks **could** use Grandma's cherished china as a cake stand one day, undo it, and return it to its original service the next. Get ready for a hands-on approach: The best way to locate the culprit (don’t hate us) is to pull each one out and test it in a working string. Do you get lots of bugs and cobweb mess from your lights being on at night? It’s really pretty with candles on the table underneath the candlelier. Options unlimited! My kind of party. I finally solved the “forgetting” problem by setting the alarm on my cell phone to go off each night around dusk. I did this to all four damaged wires. I don’t know why they want to chew on wiring like that! Thanks for reading; so glad you are here! I know I do:). Beautiful deck, great lighting.– Joy. There are several possible problems that you need to check before you pinpoint and fix the issue. It just says to me "Wine, cheese Tuscan dinner party" under the stars. Anyway, I love reading your blog and your creativity is inspirational. We've gotten to know the people at the rental car company on a first name basis… Oh well, this too shall pass! I love your porch and your house is always amazing! Your home is sooo beautiful !Thank you for sharing all the beauty, tips and inspiration. Use painter’s tape to fasten string lights beneath a deck railing. These cookies will be stored in your browser only with your consent. This issue can be easily fixed. Hi! Your porch looks lovely. The porch is beautiful, as always. Now that's a porch I'd like to take a nap on! We get a lot of that kind of mess. I love your outdoor lights, too. Squirrels won't come around. Thanks so much for sharing and hosting this party each week! I've had to do a little wiring repair, too…when I keep cutting up the extension cord while trimming shrubbery! That'll learn ya. Did you ever do that project? Weatherproof outdoor tape will help hold them in place so they don’t move throughout the night. I'm tempted to start having an exterminator come out, just to get rid of them. This past week, I went down into the backyard and retrieved the section of wiring that had been chewed off this last time. It’s a love-hate relationship You'll find contact information for Susan. I’m not an electrician. The way to do this is make sure that your two hanging points (start and end) and exactly secured at the same level and give the string lights just a … The wires on the end of the very last LED simply connect to each other. A super-easy way to make your patio, backyard or any outdoor area look beautiful and magical at night is by hanging string lights.There are lots of ways to do it and lots of different types of outdoor string lights to choose from. love your note "please don't try this" sounds like these commercials!!! We've used rope and icicle lighting and haven't had a problem with critters eating them …which is surprising. But if I place the feeders down in the yard, I can’t see them at all unless I walk over to the edge of the porch and stand there looking down. raccoons are adorable (in pictures!!) If one of your light strings isn’t working at all, or if only half of the lights are working, unplug the string and look for a small access door on one side of the male plug (the one with the prongs). LED Christmas lights, like the classic incandescent ones we're used to, can fail one light at a time or an entire string. Within months of the repair, It (whatever It is) did it again. Thanx again for hosting such an awesome party! And since this wiring is outdoors, I also wrapped the ends with white electrical tape to hopefully help protect it during rain storms. If one bulb dies, it can cause the rest of the strand to stop working. To receive the latest posts, as well as updates about blog parties, subscribe via an RSS Reader or have BNOTP delivered right to your Inbox. I personally think outdoor lights look so much better when they are draped in the middle and sort of slack down some. I swear by Espoma's 'Dried blood' This product is a safe source of organic nitrogen. Take a look at some of most common LED light problems and the ways to avoid or fix them: LED String Lights Failures *If you are reading this via email or RSS feed, to view all the tablescapes linked for Tablescape Thursday, click HERE. Again, your blog is truly exceptional! your porch is beautiful. Welcome to the 145th Metamorphosis Monday! I always sigh over photos of your deck and porch! So far, none of the lights on the house have been assaulted. Had any problems with raccoons or critters chewing on it? You can just see it in this pic (below) taken before it was removed. Once I began remembering to bring in the feeders each evening, whatever was coming to dine, stopped coming. Spread it in any potted plants or near the bird feeders. These cookies do not store any personal information. Thanks for coming to the party! What a beautiful home you have! These hanging lights or led wire lights are suitable for wedding decorations, and it will satisfy all of the light needs for the event, as its luminosity is enough for the entire room Starry string lights with 200 led bulbs. Get set for led string lights at Argos. Unfortunately he had craweled into the basket and died. The lighting isn’t this bright in person, but it isn’t as dark on the deck as the pics above, either. Plus, the feeders would be so far away from the porch, I would barely even be able to see the birds when they came to eat. This product incorporates the timeless look of Edison-style bulbs with the modern conveniences of LED technology, water-resistant features, industrial strength and 120 volts of power. You might want to try mixing Safflower seeds and thistle seed with your bird seed to keep squirrels away. Yay! It was perfect for my deck(s) because it was white and the decks are painted white. You can use a screwdriver with a flat head to pry the small door open. How do I find the broken bulb on a string of lights? Susan, you are just too talented. We also use third-party cookies that help us analyze and understand how you use this website. You might want to try attaching some PVC pipe along the section where the cord is getting chewed up. Christmas lights have a small fuse box close to the plug end and are usually one in the same thing. I decided to give it one more try since I’m bringing the feeders in now. Thanks for hosting this party! I sort-of remember learning about open & closed circuits in science class & how to produce light with a battery, etc (& once with a potato). Major repairs were needed each time. Then I twisted each pair of wires together to reestablish the connection. LOL Thanks for hosting!Debbie. The lights truly add alot of atmosphere. , Love your porch, I am overcome with extreme envy. Is that pretty or what? Grasp the LED above the … Hi, Susan. When we connect several strings in a daisy-chain connection, we can rotate the plugs and cause any string to use either half of the cycle. So glad you got your pretty lights up and going! Each has 25 LEDs. Thanks for hosting! Love your porch all lit up. The Best Outdoor String Lights And How To Use Them. The only way to fix the problem is to find the bad bulb. Your home is sooo lovelyThanks for hosting the party , That is the most beautiful porch I've ever seen. I threw out the old filament bulb outdoor Christmas lights and bought new GE branded outdoor LED string lights. Also Grrrr…. Use wire cutters to strip the ends of the two wires cut in the previous step. lol! It also munched on my brown outdoor wicker. Press the button (or pull the trigger, depending on the model) about 20 times. . If a string of lights fails to work, the fuse may be bad. They look great!~cathy. I doubt it was a raccoon…they just want the food! We use cookies to optimally design and continuously improve our websites for you, as well as to display content in line with your interests. I just hung some in our trees this weekend and am also concerned that squirrels or other critters will chew through the wires. Again, let me say, this post is not a tutorial for lighting repair. I ran the wiring down the back side of one of the pillars supporting the pergola, all the while praying the wiring was still going to be long enough to reach the outlet on the deck. Same Day delivery 7 days a week £3.95, or fast store collection. 4) Tips for draping lights. There should be two. I eventually donated it because it was so badly damaged. Anyway, your porch looks wonderful all lit up! So glad you were able to repair it and hope the PVC will solve your critter issue in the future. Great job with the lights. I barely cut into it, being careful to not cut all the way through to the copper wires inside. lol. I just love lights outside like that. Michele, that sounds perfect! I love it….I also like your bird feeders….Lucky you!! unlike squirrels, who i haaate! I tell ya, squirrels can be so destructive! You have such a freat taste and decr ideas!!! However, if the entire string of lights is out, you will need to check every lightbulb. Your porch is always beautiful but especially so when all the twinkling lights.. thanks for hosting this party for us , Susan. And now I think my string of solar lights can be saved! Metamorphosis Monday: Run the cord through the pipe to protect it from the critters. I feel your pain with the critters, deer, rabbits, raccoons and even the birds seem to eat away my plants and outdoor decorating! Shelly, your Gazebo sounds wonderful…I love those! There was not one inch of the house he missed in his efforts to get out. Totally caught us off guard — we moved here from Wisconsin — and this is the first time we've lived anywhere without a garage. LED’s aren’t the cheapest lights out their, but they put out A LOT of light. (Please note: This post  is not a tutorial for lighting repair. love the warm glow from your newly fixed twinkle lights! I know how to plug things in and that is it! Your lighting is very pretty and I am so impressed with your electrical repair! A few years ago I purchased some outdoor string lighting from Hobby Lobby.