How to Remove a Color Wheel to Change a Fiber Optic Bulb

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How to Remove a Color Wheel to Change a Fiber Optic Bulb
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If you are into tech or modern design, you may have a fiber optic Christmas tree that uses a color wheel lamp. These artificial trees can be made from plastic with optical fibers throughout. The trees use one or more light sources to illuminate their fibers, and this source is often a color wheel lamp. Fiber optic trees use less power than traditional Christmas tree lights, and the effect is abstract and cozy.

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Fiber Optic Christmas Tree With Color Wheel

These kinds of trees have a multitude of branch tips that light up using multicolored fiber optics. They may have a color wheel lamp at the base with different fiber optic color options, like green, red, blue, white and purple. Fiber optic trees are easy to assemble and are ideal for indoor use in most cases. Look for ones that include cords and adapters and check the measurements before buying. Some people choose to purchase smaller trees and use them as decorations in addition to a larger, more traditional Christmas tree.

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The color wheels in these decorations have halogen bulbs, which can burn out and may require replacement. Before attempting to change the bulb, you can try troubleshooting the issue. Something else may be causing the problem. Check the adapter jack connection first to see that it is inserted fully into the base. If it is, make sure that the adapter is plugged into the AC outlet. If all the connections are secure, see if the on/off switch is on. Then, look at the color wheel. If it is turning, you will probably need to replace that bulb.

Changing Fiber Optic Tree Color Wheel Bulbs

Turn the tree off and unplug it from the outlet. Let it cool down for about 15 minutes to avoid burning yourself on contact. Then, carefully turn the tree on its side and look for the case on the bottom of the stand. This is where the bulb should be. Check to see what kind of screws the case has and get the appropriate screwdriver. Holding the cover in place, unscrew it and put the screws elsewhere for safekeeping.

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Carefully turn the bulb to the left by turning it counterclockwise and remove it from the socket. If you do not have a replacement, take it to a hardware store or order another bulb online. Once you get the replacement, screw it back into the light socket and replace the case cover. You can turn the tree right side up, plug it in and turn it back on.

Problems With Fiber Optic Color Wheel

If the bulb is lit but the wheel is not turning, take the top cover off the base. Look for a nut at the top of the color wheel; it could be too tight or loose. Try loosening it or tightening it and then reassemble the base and test to see if it works. This could be a trial and error process, so be patient.

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To replace the fiber optic color wheel, put the end of a flathead screwdriver under its edge and apply gentle pressure until it pops out. The bulb is underneath the wheel; do not touch it when changing the wheel. You may be able to order a replacement wheel from the tree manufacturer.

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