You spent hours creating the perfect holiday display to impress your family and friends. After all that work, you notice some of your lights are not working. Before you let it put a damper on your holiday spirit, there are things you can do to figure out what is wrong. Here are tips on how to troubleshoot holiday lighting issues.

Check Your Circuit Breaker

Your holiday lighting may fail because the lights are plugged into an outlet that is not carrying power. The circuit breaker may have been tripped. Make sure your circuit breaker is in the on position or reset it if necessary. You can also use a circuit tester on the outlet to make sure power flows directly to it.

Replace the Holiday Lighting Fuse

Strings of holiday lighting feature a small cartridge fuse behind a sliding door in the cord plug. Open the sliding door and take out the fuse. Inspect the fuse for a break in the metal filament. If you notice the fuse has been burned out, replace it with a fuse with the same size and rating. You can find replacement holiday lighting fuses at hardware or electronics stores. 

Examine Individual Bulbs

One of the most common holiday lighting issues is with individual bulbs in the string. This problem is easy to spot because only a few bulbs will go dark while others remain lit. You may be able to fix this problem by pressing the dark bulbs firmly in place. To make things faster and easier, you can use a Christmas light bulb tester to identify bad bulbs. 

Holiday Lighting Maintenance Services

Issues with holiday lighting are among the leading causes of frustration for many homeowners this time of year. If you need help with holiday lighting installation or maintenance, our professionals here at Roof to Deck Decoration are ready to assist you. We handle everything from installation to after holiday storage. Contact us today to learn more about our holiday lighting maintenance services.