Re-Wiring the Christmas Tree Star
It seems I do this every few years or so. The star for the Christmas tree stops lighting up and try as I might, I can’t find the loose bulb. My quick fix for a this is to:
1.) Find a new strand of lights to use and plug them in to make sure they work. Any strand of Christmas lights will do, but it will be easiest if you use lights similar to the previous star lights.
2.) Take the star apart and take the lights out. (they are usually made of two halves of plastic that pop open or they are completely open to begin with)
3.) Wind them through the holder (that held the previous set of non-working lights) and secure with electrical tape.
4.) Keep winding the lights and taping them at the heaviest point all the way around the star. Try to emulate the original design, the lights will fit better.
5.) Fit the re-wired star back into its casing (if it has one). The one I am working on has tabs that have to fit together in order to close it. You may have to rearrange the wires in order to get the case closed. Don’t force it or you will break the plastic.
6.) All done. Christmas crisis averted.
Note: As no actual wiring was occurring – just reconfiguring the shape of the light strand, I left the lights on while I was working.