If you have Christmas lights from last year, and most people do, then now is the time to dig them out and to give them a thorough check. While your Christmas lights should last several years, they can deteriorate over time and can become damaged whilst being packed or while stored away. The last thing you need is to have your Christmas tree decorated and the lights strung only to find they are not working. So what should you check for? Here is a list of some of the areas you should be looking at.
- Power plug – check to see if the power plug is still if there is any damage to the plug. If the plug has become damaged, it could present an electrical hazard.
- Power pack – if your Christmas lights have a power pack, check that it has not been damaged in any way. When you plug it in, listen for any buzzing. While some power packs do emit a low buzz, a loud buzz could indicate the power pack is slowly dying. It may be wise to replace it now.
- Wiring – carefully check the wiring between lights to ensure there has been no deterioration, there are no small nicks, or any other damage.
- Lamps – check for broken lamps before switching the lights on. If all appears well, plug your Christmas lights on and check that all are working. Replace any lamps that are not working.
By checking your Christmas lights now, you can replace lamps where necessary, and ensure that there is less risk of electrical incidents over the Christmas period. Christmas lights are not expensive so if you have any doubts, throw them out and replace them with new lights. The latest LED Christmas lights will last much longer, use less power, and often look a lot better than the old fashioned filament lamps.