I have a leaded glass mirror - 28" W x 49" H. The top is arched. The sink will be stainless steel because it will be used for utilitarian things, including washing up when we come in from gardening. Your lights may turn on for a few seconds before you hear a popping noise and the lights cut off again. I also do the other steps that luvs mentioned. And to buy a lights tester, a new set of lights would be cheaper, but I dont want to have to take them all down and put up new ones. I tried everything and nothing worked. The stairs I believe come in on the far end? Usually casework is at least 14" deep (and these days many set lower cabinets sufficient to hold media boxes / upper shelves to manage flatscreens). of course what do you do when its Christmas and the ONLY lights for sale are made in China? in fact it is, since none of the other posts solve the ongoing problem we consumers, and that IS what we are here, face with goods we purchase. I took the lights out and checked each one by putting them in a different set, found 2 that didn't work, so replaced them 2 and put all the good bulbs back into the sockets. Most of the time it not worth it. I only have a small tree, not pre-lit either - so when I have problems with a strand of lights, it gets tossed. She said you just have to follow the directions and it will tell you what to do. Stop beating yourself up for not making stuff yourself, and start seeing the bright side of buying from others, Make it easy to whip up a cake or a batch of cookies with these tips for organizing your space, Seeing the growth potential leads to a couple’s creative live-work space in a newly desirable neighborhood, Do you prefer your guests to go shoeless in your house? At least you save half the string, I know this is an old thread but Christmas lights can be so frustrating! I've checked for missing bulbs, and these days the string is supposed to stay lit when individual bulbs burn out. It is so frustrating, I know. I just cut out that socket and tape the ends together. Those were NOT cheap! LED bulbs do last a long time, but from time to time one does … Now I am just going by guess at size, so we need to verify actual measurements. I did have minor problems with all three, but they were electronic board problems fixed with parts under $30. Oh gosh, Alex, I'm so sorry to hear that. If you buy what is marketed as commercial grade you'll get a thicker wire, but even that is nothing like the quality of wire that were in even the lights our parents had. Blown Fuse – Just like mini string lights, the commonly included power cord of 120-Volt rope light can blow its fuse. Sometimes, if I drop it or jar it a bit, the entire thing lights up and will carry a current to the next set of lights. You'd think that since they are constantly hammering at us to recycle and keep things out of the landfills--they could at least give us products that will last more than a couple seasons. I think your ceiling angles and heights are throwing you off. I spent a few minutes testing every bulb,and gave it a few shakes. This happens to me all the time, im so frustrated! Nothing there. Note that LEDs do not use shunts because they don't need them. Christmas is 361 days away. The carmelly opalescent glass & antiqued look of the fixtures would "speak" to each other. If your wires are not stripped back far enough or you push them too far into a connector it will give the illusion of a secure connection when really there is no connection at all the connector is only clamping on the pvc wire coating. Yesterday we had a three-wire Christmas light string where the first half of the string was working, but the second half of the light string wasn’t working. it's a bulb issue, however if the good does not come on it's prob. Why would just half a string of lights work? Half off, half on? I just bought a lightkeeper pro a few days ago from a Lowes, because half of my 100 ct light strand on my garland was out. Gosh, the old outdoor lights we used to buy lasted for years and years! If one blows then all of them pass because of the fact the electrical powered energy can not go the hollow interior the broken filament. Noma does not give appropriate directions on the maintenance of their string lights. I know it is very frustrating when this happens. THE ENTIRE MIDDLE SECTION OF MY BIG TREE JUST WENT OUT!!!!!!! But without the Internet to help me diagnose the problem I'd probably have had to buy all new appliances. Thanks everybody, I have made it through my light ordeal.  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). The first several search results made me gag: people actually suggested cutting out the offending half-string and patching in another one. If you replace the end bulbs and the string of lights still does not work another bulb is … I got then for $5 a string...about 50 LED per string. So I went and bought 2 brand new sets, hung them up outside and one section does not work. They worked well last year, but now half of them either are too dim, only half a string is functional, or it doesn't work at all. If the string is incandescent (not LED) and an entire section is out then the LightKeeper Pro gun ($20) would probably fix it in 1 minute. I started to buy the commercial ones and they don't seem to do this. In Canada at least, the three wire system is generally one that is equipped with a plug at one end to attach to the wall outlet, and an outlet at the other end to attach a second string of Christmas lights. If you don't get them working, maybe you could just hide the non working sections in the middle of the tree and still use the part that will light up. Issues with Rope Lights My rope light has a section that has gone out. Wiggle each bulb carefully and see if the lights blink on. If not, go to walmart and get some new ones. I kept searching, and further down the list was a fellow who described in detail how strings of LED lights work, technically. That is why painting the TV wall and going all the way up the ceiling in an accent color at least would be great. A good diagram can be found here: http://www.energy.gov/articles/how-do-holiday-lights-work. Is there some trick I am unaware of to get these things to light completely for more than one season at a time? I came to realize there were two sizes to the green bases of the lights when pulled out. Since I don't have room measurements, I laid it out as I saw it possibly fitting. Sometimes it is the leader light. If your light string has multiple circuits then that’s the reason only a portion is flashing. Sometimes that works. Regarding Todd's comment on appliances, I'm on 17 years with my dishwasher, fridge, and oven. Also have a string of running lights I just bought, after I plugged them in and found them all working, I enrolled them and now every third light doesn't light up. But then, I was on frontgate.com and they are selling it as well......my goodness, they sell $800 tree-skirts....so my interest is peaked since I don't think that they would sell something that inexpensive that did not work. When looking at an LED outage, there are two types of bulb related outages: 1) Bulb still intact, but fails to light up. Some, I suspect have internal wire damage. But it's the only bathroom on one end of a long ranch-style house & right next to the family room so I want it to have a little pizzaz, too. It's just the sort of new/old mash-up I love. It worked! It’s likely though, you’ve already read the Wikipedia page about Series and parallel circuits here, maybe a few other Google search results on the subject and are still unclear or wanting more specific information as it pertains to LEDs. A loose bulb? greater constructive ones have the bulbs in parallel, if one is going then the others will nevertheless paintings. :-(. Look for the lights that have a splash of red on the bulb near the bottom. Someone on HTE mentioned that they bought the Light Keeper Pro and it worked on garland that 1/2 went out. Don't pitch 'em, you can FIX them, and it's pretty simple, actually! I checked all bulbs of the un-lit half and put new fuses in. What is the answer to the one half lit strand of Xmas lights and one 1/2 un-lit? Each string taps one backbone wire at one end, and the other backbone wire at the other end. Next time I see it I will pick it up. A total of 30 blue LED bulbs (half a string) have been used in about 6 months. Crazy but this string too is an extra long set. I went to youtube.com and watched a video on it and it was so much more understandable, Keep in mind that if the bulbs on the string have that blackened look, then the strand is probably beyond fixing, I give lightkeeper pro two thumbs up"I'd give it three thumbs if I could). Sometimes I need to take out one or two of the bulbs in the middle of the string where the lights are not lit. Heck I have lights that my grandmother used, though these are not considered "safe" to use nowadays!It's the times we live in folks!HO HO HO :). Where do you stand? I initially noted half the lights out when I plugged them into the tail end of the former string. A light bulb has come out of its socket or is half out of its socket and it has brought down the circuit. Here is a layout for your room that will be cozier and more inviting I believe. A regular strand of incandescent lights work, but whenever I plug in a strand of led lights in, only half of the strand works. If you have a longer strand, I presume this would still apply. Not all LED trailer lights are fully submersible. For $20 you can't go wrong. The on the wall you currently show the TV I put a large 5' wide x 7' high (possible measurement) painting. If they flicker when I do that, then it's probably a loose bulb. Terrible design, but only one on first floor. It looks like you have a valley right above the front door. Get your answers by asking now. I usually find a socket that has juice going in but not coming out indicating a short in that socket. So I figured what do I have to lose if I buy the Light Keeper Pro. Luvs. If it is a blown fuse wouldn't the whole string be burnt out? AND there has to be trade deals that benefit American companies so prices can stay reasonable. So sorry this has happened to you. it does happen every year but not this much so I guess I'm especially frustrated. Rug on this drawing is about 9x7', long wall is 16' (TV wall) and front wall is 12'. That is right ridiculous and unethical. Pattycakes, your theory might be true in some cases, but I had one strand today that I tested before putting on the tree, and only half of it lit up. That usage rate is about 5 bulbs per month or a full string per year. I have decided to spend $10,000, go to China, learn to speak Chinese and go to one of the Christmas light factories and see if I can find the answer. I'm with decorcrzy on this one. So take a look and see if I have the room configured properly. So, I put the TV on a console longer than current set up. You might want to give this a try if you're only using one extension cord. Sure hope you can get them working again. One thing for sure tho. No one seems to know the answer. I am so sorry! Check the light again to see if any of the bulbs work. But they have bare candle-style bulbs. Thank u so much Bud Ramsay! What kind of energy efficiency is that? There were a couple women talking about it and it caught my interest I didn't buy it then, thinking about all the time I've spent trying those little $5 light testers and ended up just throwing out the strand anyway. Actually. No luck. Hope you will share pictures with us here. Or is the mirror out of proportion? I also put an oval coffee table and some small round end tables. If only half the string is working and you tried everything just cut out the bad half. Everything today is m are to be replaced shortly. 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In theory, this means you can cut off the non-functioning half of the light string and splice in a new end plug or half string of lights. I'd set it in there to see but the walls don't exist yet! The flasher bulb will only cause the circuit it is a part of to flash on and off. But, just a fickle as the first rough handling, a subsequent rough handling causes the lights to go off again. Think opportunities for new lighting placed as you desire,insulation, even surround sound for the vintage vinyl could be built in. Why do Christmas lights go out for half the string, how does one trace the problem and fix it? If half the string is out, look for the dead bulb closet to the end. Here's kinda a quickier way to where your issue may lie. Still don't work! I have had the lightkeeper pro for about five years. I then plugged the problematic string directly into a wall socket. Hi Cateyanne, welcome to the Holiday forum. Hang them, go out to find that some are no longer working!!! The bad thing is the light strings are being made cheaper and cheaper, they are not made to last longer than a season or two. That helps to solve awkward transition at french door but presents other issues. Finding the bad bulb or even bulbs in a string of lights is often easier said than done, however. I fixed my lights using a voltage detector. Big bold wonderful piece. Thanks again! Measure and let me know, and I can adjust and we can work together on figuring out your best arrangement. So if you don't have a voltage detector which costs around $10/$20, buy the LightKeeper Pro for $20 which has both a voltage detector and shunt fixer. If the entire string is out, start with a bulb at the end of the string. If the problem persists, take out the next bulb and do the same thing. She purchased in HD or Lowe's. Only real way to fix this problem is to stop buying the cheap China merchandise that is shoved down our American throats! I bought about a dozen or more NOMA LED string lights for Xmass decorations around a tree outside. The "shunt fixer" feature of LightKeeper Pro (a product made in the USA by Ulta-Lit Technologies) just helped me fix a string of lights (made in China) yesterday in 1 minute. Want to mention a nifty door option i saw integrated into wall of casework. You could relocate the pretty high window to the powder room end. Using the lightkeeper pro is kind of like fixing that one blockage and clearing the wire. Did Santa bring you what you wanted for christmas? If only 7 of the 10 LED elements are now working it is most likely that the problem is in the light fixture itself. I always buy 100 light strands and have heard that 50 are better because of that problem. You can waste a lot of screwing around with these. lights still don't work. A small chair in far corner with possibly a fig plant in those two corners on that long wall, and a floor lamp in the other corner. Thank you for providing absolutely no information of any value Mrs Trump. I tried everything I could think of to fix the one burned out string, but nothing worked. Next I make sure each bulb in the strand is tightly in it's socket, and I try to hold them up to a light to try to see if any look burned out.Sometimes there may be a bulb missing. The first time I had even heard about or seen this was at Hobby Lobby a couple weeks ago for $20. I put an 80"long x 36" deep sofa and a 60"long x 36" deep love seat. Should we just trash them? These lights are key. I love to drive home from work every night and enjoy the site of Christmas lights. It depends. On closer inspection, I did find a few with broken bulbs and once replaced, the strings lit up. Because consumerism is in the state it is in, we live in a cheap, disposable society. Inside the powder room a designer could figure out how to put a hidden door behind a full size mirror that opens to a walk in pantry or laundry room. What is the strangest Christmas traditions. Most of you have encountered a time when you spent half the day decorating for Christmas and then start to plug in the Christmas tree or other decorations and instead of gasps of delight discover that part of your lights are not working. A sofa table behind the long sofa with a lamp and a half round table in front of the window with a lap. Also both sides of the bulb. I agree they don't make them like they use to. These are not necessarily old lights. Lights on again, how sweet it is! LED-type lights do not have user-replaceable elements so it will probably be necessary to replace the entire fixture. 2) Bulb lens cracked or significantly damaged. It took me 2 minutes to repair the light string. BW. As Alex said, ".....my methods of dealing with those sweet little non-working light strands usually result in statements truly inappropriate for the season.... :)". A few were slightly wider than the others. Same with all their kitchen appliances. You decorate below 9' so, no problem. Worth it to consider all the possibilities and potential uses. Unplug and flip plug 180 and replug and the other half comes on -- and the half that did work now does not. You can put together festive garden pots to last through winter, Layers of dirt help create energy efficiency and an unusual look on a steep slope in Washington state, This 1970s Sydney house became an industrial-meets-modern home at the hands of a husband-and-wife design team, You heard right. Although the failure rate does seem less now than at the start, I just replaced 2 blues this last week. Bulb still intact, but fails to light up. Haha okay well we just got done pulling out all of our Christmas decorations. These socket/bulb contacts are cheap and iffy. I spent several hours working on an outdoor Christmas wreath that had 2 strings of lights. If that's the case, I think it would be too crowded with dormers there. How to decorate living room with half vaulted ceiling. Since longer narrow space is easiest to put to use when door is not at end but somewhere mid-space and both ends are available inside for fixtures / layout, that would mean integrating door (and possibly glass transom for borrowed light) into casework wall. ;o). I use a voltage tester that beeps to indicated live wire. !When half a light strand is out it is usually a defect in the wire, apparently when a bulb burns out what happens is that the electricity bypasses that bulb to reach the rest of the lights, however if the channels in the wire are not working properly it will not allow the electricity to pass through to the rest of the string. A string of lights typically has two parallel circuits and the power is carried through from one end to the other. Why are my Christmas light only lighting half way? If the net does not come on at all, you may need to replace the fuse. It is not light reading especially when you are preparing dinner, decorating the tree, and trying to watch Frosty The Snowman... but maybe you all will be able to decifer it all.http://www.ciphersbyritter.com/RADELECT/LITES/XMSLITES.HTM, ALL MY CHRISTMAS LIGHTS ARE WORKING HALF WAY BUT THIS MORNING I CHECK EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM AND I TOOK A WORKING BULB AND CHECK EVERY SINGLE ONE THEM AND I CHECK THE FUSE AS WELL AND IT STILL WORKS HALF WAY THE FUSE ARE FINE AND I TOOK ONE OF THOSE EXTRA BULB AND CHECK EVERYONE OF THEM BUT IT STILL LIKE THAT I DID EVERYTHING I COULD THIS OF AND IM ABOUT TO RIP IT OFF AND GET A NEW LIGHTS I USE THE 50 LIGHTS SO THINK IM JUST GOIN TO TAKE THEM BACK AND GET A NEW ONE SINCE I STILL HAVE THE BOXS AND HOPEFULLY THE REICPT TOO. Plug the lights into an outlet plug. The string recepticle is the logical location but it appears to be difficult to open without destroying the casing. Have replaced not fuses and checked to make sure no bulbs are missing or broken or blown out and still don't work. I’m never taking my Christmas decorations down? Come on people, we need to demand that companies build great, long lasting products that we don't need to replace every year. These are not old lights, yet I have half of my lights this year only lighting half way up the string? ... have 8 strings of g e clear christmas lights that only the first half of the string works. Most only last a few seasons. I work my way down the portion of the set that is not working, touching the wire leading in, and the wire leading out. Good grief! I think it's worse when I plug them in and they work. Nearly half of those we surveyed are putting so-called smart tech in their homes. greater constructive ones have the bulbs in parallel, if one is … My DIL just told me that the new commercial lights my DS bought last year are only half working! I went through and pulled out and checked 300 lights to no avail. Would they make a glare? I will not be defeated! Usually works but not always. I keep the lights plugged in while doing this. Some LED string lights have non-removable bulbs. But only half the strip works. Value of half-bath? feels like a low fee string with the bulbs in series. I thought I could use it in the bathroom & the leading & stainless would "speak" to each other. (Bath ceiling ht. Sometimes it is just the fuse too. After much fussing and frustration, I came to realize that the wider ones had to be placed in the first and last light socket of the strand, and also socket # 35 and # 36. BTW, since YOU didn't offer ANYTHING at all to this post, you might want to look up what it means to have your "Head stuck in the sand," or heaven forbid grab a book and read something, so you can talk with others intelligently. Just ignore those. It's mostly mirror but has 3 sections of caramelly opalescent glass. I did what u said, found the burnt out bulb, changed it and voila! This allows the lights to operate properly and the current can then flow through the light set completing the circuit and illuminating the other bulbs past the bad bulb in the string. Time to draw up dimensions and consider all your options. Have 30 minutes and some seasonal greenery? I was about to toss them out and decided to try one more thing. The smaller ones would fit in all the bulb sockets, but the wider ones only fit in certain ones. I have had that happen to me many times. How hungover was the Grinch on new years day? No doubt you are shopping right now at "Toys R China", or wherever and never bothering to look and see where the things you are purchasing are being made. I then plugged them directly into an extention cord that went to wall. I always buy some after Christmas because of that. The color organ changes the voltage continuously causing the lights to flash. I put my tree up today and added extra lights. Sorry, just ranting a bit here. Luvs. Unplug one bulb on the other end and the other half will go out. It takes twice or three times as much to fix something than to buy a new one. I never saw them buy another refrigerator, and I have had to buy three in the last five years. Saw door frame set at face of casework/ bookcase instead of at wall. If the dormer could point the other way (to the right when looking at your picture), it would look fine I think. Hopefully those looking for practical information on electrical circuits and wiring LED components found this guide first. I have the same problem. Please help. Is it the fuse? Only we, and the politicians we vote in can change it. If it is not just the fuse, there may be more than just a few choice words said......remember Chevy Chase beating the daylights out of that poor plastic reindeer........ My husband was supposed to stop at Hobby Lobby today while he was in the city and pick me up one of the Light Keeper Pros....but....he forgot. Luvs and dd gave you good ideas and I can't help any further. We couldn’t fix it by replacing the bulb right where the light string stopped working, so I looked into it … And what did you do on after Christmas Eve? I have other strings which have only half the string light up. There is not a lot of extra money this year so I can't just run out and replace all these, what do you do to fix them? Just follow this recipe - it's not frustrating - in fact it's very gratifying. Half of LED string of lights come on -- the other half does not. So it sounds like you have at least two bad bulbs in the string that doesn't work (at least one in each parallel/half) of the string, and at least one bad bulb in the half of the other string. Within each string, all lamps are in series. We bought 5 sets of Noma C6, 70 light strands last year. 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