Pre-lit Christmas Tree Lights Keep Going Off and On?

The top section of my newly bought tree keeps going on and off. It seems when they are on and I try to adjust the branches the lights go off. Then when they go on again they stay on indefinitely as long as I don't touch the branches. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


By Celeste O.

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December 13, 20141 found this helpful
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While it is common to hear the term 'short' in the wiring, it is often used incorrectly by laymen and when they mean exactly the opposite of a short; a short would be a connection in a place it is not intended, and would probably blow out fuses, circuit breakers before it causes a fire. While it may help pass over the problem quickly with afternoon tea and biscuits, in a technical or troubleshooting discussion, it should not be used incorrectly. In this instance, nothing said indicates a short. Rather, it sounds like an opening in the wiring or a poor connection at a junction. Wiggling the wires should help you find the area with the poor or open connection.

December 1, 20170 found this helpful

Thanks for schooling everyone.....A short is caused when the wire's insulation breaks down, allowing charge to flow in an unintended path, i.e. an "opening in the wire" as you say. If you are going to correct people, at least know what in the hell you are talking about.

November 20, 20180 found this helpful

I have a problem with the plug that connects to the tree plug to make it light what do I do

December 12, 20180 found this helpful

Noone said 'short' at any time sparky, relax

November 18, 20120 found this helpful

Sounds as if your tree has a short in the wires. I would return it or call electrician or someone you may know to take a look at it. Don't want your house to catch fire.


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