How to Stop Christmas Lights From Blinking

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You have many different kinds of Christmas decorations to choose from when you are ready to decorate your house for the Christmas season. Among the many different decorations that you have to choose from are a wide variety of Christmas lights. You can use outdoor lights, rope lights, old-fashioned lights with big bulbs and then there are the typically indoor Christmas lights that most people use on their tree. From the typical Christmas lights you can choose between blinking and non-blinking lights. You can take a few easy steps to transform a strand of lights that blink into a non-blinking strand of lights.

Traditional Christmas Lights

Examine each bulb on your Christmas light strand, starting at one end and working your way toward the other end. Look for clear bulbs that have a red or silver tip. These bulbs are blink bulbs that will transform a normal strand of Christmas lights into a blinking strand of Christmas lights.

Remove a blink bulb once you come to one and replace it with a normal bulb. For colored strands of lights you will replace the blink bulb with a solid-colored bulb. For strands of white lights you will replace the blink bulb with a clear bulb that doesn't have a red or silver tip.

Plug the strand of lights in to see if they still blink. The area of lights surrounding the bulb you just removed shouldn't blink, unless you missed a blink bulb. Continue inspecting the rest of the bulbs on the strand, starting where you left off, if part of the strand is still blinking.

Remove and replace any remaining blink bulbs until the strand no longer blinks.

Multi-Function Christmas Lights

Look for the dial on your strand of blinking Christmas lights. The dial is located near the plug end of the Christmas lights.

Plug the strand of lights in. Turn the dial one way, if the blinking on the strand of lights slows down then continue turning in that direction until the lights no longer blink. Turn the dial the other way until the lights no longer blink if the blinking of the lights speeds up with the first turn of the dial.

Switch to a different strand of lights if turning the dial all the way to the slow end of the dial doesn't stop the lights from blinking. In this case the strand isn't capable of being turned into a non-blinking strand.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure that your Christmas light strand is unplugged before you remove and replace any bulbs.
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