Christmas String Lights:A History & Light Replacement Guide
Strings of Christmas lights have an interesting history. You may think that they started off just how we use them today, to spread Christmas and holiday cheer to everyone in the neighborhood with LED Christmas light shows. The real history of Christmas string lights is a little different than that. Think back to what life during winter was like without electricity and think about how much shorter the days get in the winter time. Candles were first used to simply illuminate the home and the yule log was used for light and heat. Then people started attempting to decorate their trees with lit candles, which resulted in a lot of fires. Not so much fun! Flash forward to the late 1800’s and there was Thomas Edison.
Thomas Edison, who was well known for publicly displaying his inventions and discoveries during the 1800’s wanted to show off his incandescent light bulbs. He figured the holiday season of 1880 would be a great time to string up incandescent ‘Christmas lights’ around the Menlo Park Laboratory as a marketing ploy. The Menlo Park Laboratory was viewable from the railway system at the time, so anyone who was nearby or on a train could view this never before seen amazing light show. He wasn’t trying to make people buy strings of incandescent Christmas lights as much as he was trying to be the sole provider of electricity to Manhattan.
Two years later in 1882, Edward Johnson put a string of Christmas lights onto a Christmas tree. He officially created the first ever electrically illuminated Christmas tree. The general public wasn’t so sure of this new electricity fad at the time, so Christmas lights didn’t quite take off until quite a few years later. For a while, strings of lights were something only the wealthy could enjoy. Presidents would use them to decorate the Whitehouse and their Christmas Trees, but it wouldn’t be until 1903 when General Electric started offering kits of affordable Christmas lights.
Now we have all kinds of Christmas lights available to use including Solar Christmas Lights and LED Christmas lights. The biggest thing we have to worry about is how to beat our neighbors with our AMAZING light show and what to do if the string of lights starts blinking or goes out completely. When you have spent hours on a later, decorating the outside of your home, only to find out that a 3 foot section of lights is out, nothing feels worse in that moment. So, to help lend a hand to a more successful Christmas light hanging event, here are a few tips to fixing a broken Christmas light.
Check to see if the light bulbs are loose. Sometimes all you need to do is tighten them.
Check to see if the fuse is blown on that section of lights. UNPLUG the string of lights, then near the plug look for a small box that you can open to view the fuse box. If a fuse is blown, grab a replacement and put it in.
Check to see if a single bulb is causing the outage. You can purchase a light tester or use a replacement bulb in each of the bulb slots to see if this is the culprit. Once you find the ONE bulb causing the issue, you can replace it and should be on your way.
If you don’t have the time or patience to test the string of lights, simply purchase a new set of Christmas lights!
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