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Non-replaceable bulb burned out

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#1 grandpag


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Posted 12 January 2010 - 02:32 AM

I have a pre-lit Christmas tree that has part of a strand of bulbs that will not light. The first bulb on the string is non-replaceable and appears to be burned out.
Any idea on why some bulbs are non-replaceable and what my options are to repair it.

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Posted 12 January 2010 - 02:44 AM

Sounds like you're dealing with GE constant-on lights. Those "current-limiting" bulbs have no shunt (AFAIK), and have to be either replaced through some modification of the socket/base (I don't suggest that, I tried) or can be (gasp) cut out of the strand and replaced with a butt splice, which is what I ended up doing. (http://www.radioshac...ELAID=107591609)
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#3 grandpag


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Posted 13 January 2010 - 03:12 AM

Thanks. I thought about cutting and splicing but I wasn't sure of the risk. Why aren't the fuses adequate for protecting against overloads?

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Posted 13 January 2010 - 02:08 PM

wow that goes back to the old throwback days of the 1970's when GE had the old "FUSE BULBS" in their Merry-bright strands.. - there was no way to replace those bulbs.. I thought those days were past...
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