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How do you find out which fairy light has gone?

At the moment I'm just taking each one out to see if the rest of them work. But atm none of them are working?

Any ideas???
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Re: How do you find out which fairy light has gone?

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At the moment I'm just taking each one out to see if the rest of them work. But atm none of them are working?

Any ideas???
Mains fuse, transformer, broken wire... wont be bulb as they are wired in parallel not series.

This means that just the bulb with a broken element would have failed & that would be obvious.
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Re: How do you find out which fairy light has gone?

thought so. well i'm no electrician, i think this set will have to go back where they came from!!!
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Re: How do you find out which fairy light has gone?

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thought so. well i'm no electrician, i think this set will have to go back where they came from!!!
Yup... dump 'em...
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Re: How do you find out which fairy light has gone?

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At the moment I'm just taking each one out to see if the rest of them work. But atm none of them are working?

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have you tried switching them on at the wall?
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Re: How do you find out which fairy light has gone?

dont stand on em

my dad stood on one... cracked it.. then somehow managed to stand on the glass and cut his foot... making blood go all over mums cream carpet
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Re: How do you find out which fairy light has gone?

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have you tried switching them on at the wall?
I'm going to pretend i didn't read that.
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dont stand on em

my dad stood on one... cracked it.. then somehow managed to stand on the glass and cut his foot... making blood go all over mums cream carpet
flipping heck i only wanted to know how to fix them, now you're casting fear into my heart about decorating the christmas tree!
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Re: How do you find out which fairy light has gone?

If it's traditional fairy lights (240v, no transformer), then usually the bulb closet to the plug is a fuse bulb, indicated by having a white tip. If that blows, then they all go off. Any other bulb blowing (on its own) will not stop the lights coming on. However, if too many normal bulbs go, it can cause the fuse bulb to go. So check the fuse bulb first, then check as many others as possible. You should be able to check them by sight alone, though this is not always the case.
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Mains fuse, transformer, broken wire... wont be bulb as they are wired in parallel not series.

This means that just the bulb with a broken element would have failed & that would be obvious.
The main set we have at home are strung in series, albeit 8 series' on one loom...
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Re: How do you find out which fairy light has gone?

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The main set we have at home are strung in series, albeit 8 series' on one loom...
Weird... so you can lose 8 at a time... I dont see the point.
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Re: How do you find out which fairy light has gone?

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If it's traditional fairy lights (240v, no transformer), then usually the bulb closet to the plug is a fuse bulb, indicated by having a white tip. If that blows, then they all go off. Any other bulb blowing (on its own) will not stop the lights coming on. However, if too many normal bulbs go, it can cause the fuse bulb to go. So check the fuse bulb first, then check as many others as possible. You should be able to check them by sight alone, though this is not always the case.
The above are good points well presented, I forgot about the old "full mains" lights with the white tipped fused lights. Seems all the later ones (last 3 - 4 years have a transformer for H&S reasons (like people hanging them across the windows and garage outside in the elements)
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Weird... so you can lose 8 at a time... I dont see the point.
Its more than 8, theres 8 looms of lights wired in one system.
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Re: How do you find out which fairy light has gone?

if its only a small set swap in one good bulb at a time till you find it just don't do what i do pull one bulb at a time out and stick a 1000V insulated screw driver across the internal terminals

there are various voltage detectors on the market but they cost more than a new set.....
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Re: How do you find out which fairy light has gone?

get yourself a 9v battery and take each bulb out and put it accross the battery for a second - if the bulb is good it will light, if it's duff it won't
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