Mental health experts always say that the Holiday season is one of the most stressful times of the year, so we should try to do everything to minimize stress levels. When it comes to Christmas decorations, headaches always arise when you untangle the twinkle lights, plug them in and voila... none of the bulbs are working!
We discovered a tool that will save you a lot of time wondering which bulb or fuse is causing the issue. Enter, LightKeeper Pro.
It looks like a tool gun and sends a shaped, electrical pulse through the defective bulb, clearing the shunt. What's a shunt? Most miniature Holiday Light set failures occur when an individual bulb “shunt” fails to energize. These shunts are energized when a filament burns out. This causes a section of lights, usually 35 or 50, to go out instead of just one light bulb. This is because miniature light sets are wired in “series” and electricity must flow through each bulb, to the next, for them to light.
If the LightKeeper jumpstarts the shunt, the current can then flow through the light set completing the circuit and illuminating the other bulbs.
With multiple features, the LightKeeper allows you to test the fuse, plug-in source and bulbs individually. It's important to know that it can't always save your Christmas lights, but it can help you to test and eliminate bad bulbs so you can easily replace. It also has a storage place for extra bulbs.
This instructional video was extremely helpful. In fact, I'd watch this video instead of reading the written instructions if I were you:
There is also an LEDKeeper specifically for LED lights which includes and tests:
- Light Bulb PODs
- Place Markers
- Bulb Tester
- Fuse Tester
- Bulb Puller