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I am trying to fix a pre-lit Christmas tree that has "constant on" feature. There is a socket that has a white ring (all others have green ones) and if that goes out it takes 2-3 branches with it. GE says that is a permanent bulb cannot be replaced. It is out of warranty and I want to bypass it but it has five wires going into that socket. Need to understand how it is wired.
If the plug doesn't have a fuse in it, what you described is a fuse lamp. If the string is out the lamp should be replaceable.
The plug has a fuse in it and half of the strand is working. What is out is about six feet after the white ringed socket. GE says it is not replaceable. I have replaced a couple of them with a regular bulb last year and it worked. The same procedure does not work now. Please explain how I can rewire the five wires that go into that socket.
The lamps on Christmas trees are in series. If one is out, that section doesn't work because of an open circuit. My suggestion would be to replace all the lamps rather that go through the effort to check and replace one. They are all of the same age and use and they will soon fail and you’ll be right back where you are now. Easier to change them all and be done with if for a couple of years.
Mike, This is a "constant on" and they all do not go out when one does. On a working strand, I can take a bulb completely out and it does not affect the others.
A short section goes out only after the one with the white collar. I need to know how to get around that socket that GE says cannot be replaced.