Reducing Christmas Waste | How to Fix Christmas Lights

Do you know how to fix Christmas lights? I love Christmas. I really do. It’s one of my favorite holidays. I love the Christmas carols. I love the tree. I love the presents and the food. There is only one thing that I don’t like about Christmas and that’s the waste.  I like to think that I’m a fairly green, eco-friendly person. I recycle everything I can and I try to keep my carbon footprint as low as possible.  Even for someone who tries to make green choices, reducing Christmas waste is something that’s a challenge. I received a product for this post. This post contains affiliate links, and I will receive compensation if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

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Reducing Christmas Waste | How to Fix Christmas Lights

Reducing Christmas Waste | How to Fix Christmas Lights

There are a lot of things that get thrown out around the holidays. Gifts seem to come with so much extra packaging that a lot gets thrown out. Even if you try to re-use the wrapping paper or gift bags, there is always something that needs to be thrown away or recycled when possible. We try not to buy many disposables in order to reduce waste but one thing has always frustrated me. What do you do with a string of Christmas lights when it stops working properly? I hate that. Do you know how to fix Christmas lights?

I’m sure I’m not the only person that goes through a new set of Christmas lights every year. I swear there are little gremlins that secretly break them when I pack them away. Why do they stop working? I learned that Christmas lights can stop working for a number of reasons: a loose bulb, broken bulb, contact issue or a break that keeps the electricity from flowing through the entire light set. Do you know how to know which bulb is out on the Christmas lights?

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If you plug in the lights and one bulb is out, it may simply need to be tightened or replaced. You can remove and test the bulb and see if that fixes the problem. Most of the time, it’s not that simple. If that doesn’t fix the lights, the problem may be that there is a shunt issue or broken filament.  When that’s the case, I generally give up and toss the whole string of lights and buy a new one. NOT an eco-friendly option but I had no idea what else to do. Until now.

Reducing Christmas Waste | How to Fix Christmas Lights

The LightKeeper Pro is the complete tool for repairing incandescent light sets.  You can use it to remove bulbs, test fuses, pull bad bulbs, check for shunt issues and broken filaments and then fix the problem. It’s a voltage detector, a bulb remover, bulb and fuse tester, and a shunt repairer all in one unit. There’s no more need to throw away Christmas lights that aren’t working properly. You can fix them!

I love knowing that the LightKeeper Pro can fix my incandescent lights and I learned that the LEDKeeper can fix LED light strings!  It’s a much more eco-friendly choice to repair the lights than it is to throw them away. The LightKeeper Pro is fast and easy to use and these tools pay for themselves in no time at all. Before you plug in the lights this year and find out they don’t work, make sure you LightKeeper Pro on hand to fix any issues.

Reducing Christmas Waste | How to Fix Christmas Lights

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  1. This is my least favorite thing to do, most of the time I throw the lights away and buy new ones so I do not have to deal with it! This is a great device I am so going to get one of these!
  2. I will confess to being THAT family that strung ALL three sets of lights on our tree.... only to find the middle set didn't work. UGH. This could've saved us SO much time and money!
  3. I never knew how easy this would be to do... I usually just get rid of them, and get new ones, no more for that!
  4. We need one of these. We have so many Christmas lights it is not even funny.
  5. Thank goodness for a quick and easy solution to burned out lights!
  6. OMG, I hate doing this with the lights! I could definitely cut down my decorating time with a Lightkeeper pro.
  7. Tia Denicolo says:
    I love my LightKeeper Pro - its the BEST tool to have with fixing lights. It saved me a TON of money already this year .
  8. Great Man Tool ladies saves us work that is for sure
  9. Will this work on C9 lights too?  I need to get this for my husband. 
  10. WOW!!! Awesome! About time! Every Christmas I dread plugging up the lights in fear that they will not work! I must have one of these! Thank you for the post!
  11. Sounds like a great tool! This past Halloween, the Halloween lights that I put around my home's front door stopped working. It would be great to fix them!
  12. Maggie Smith says:
    This would really help especially seeing as though I already have lights that are not working!
  13. This would be a great tool to keep on hand all year long. 
  14. Such an awesome idea. Why wasn't this invented years ago!? Totally would have saved some of my sanity.
  15. Such a great tool, a gadget my Husband would love!!

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