Vacuum Plugged into Outlet with Christmas Tree Blew Lights?

I plugged my vacuum into my pre-lit Christmas tree outlet and every last light bulb on my tree is blown. Is there anything I can do?


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December 3, 20200 found this helpful
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How old is your tree? You may be able to save it if strands were working before you made that mistake.
The first place to start is to start checking strands for blown fuses.
If your tree has stands that connect to each other then you begin with the first strand on your tree that will be at the base plug. Your base plug may even have a fuse so look at everything before you plug anything back in.
Disconnect the second strand as you will want to have only one strand on current. Remove the fuse - most strands have basically the same type of plugs where fuses are located.


"Remove the two fuses, and inspect them by looking at them up against a bright background (such as the sky). If the fuse is good, you should see an unbroken strand of wire running between the two metal contacts."
Here are a couple of links to help you check fuses.

Most Christmas trees have extra fuses when purchased but if you do not have these you will need to go to Ace or True Value hardware stores and ask for help. This is probably a very good idea before you look for other solutions as there are usually very experienced clerks around (you might have to ask for someone who knows about these tree lights) and they may be able to help answer your questions.


They may need to know the brand of tree or where it was purchased and how old it is. Also, the height might be helpful.
You will most likely need fuses if your tree is fixable.
Sometimes you can get help from other stores like Home Depot or Lowe's but their people are sometimes difficult to find; especially at this time of year.
It is possible that fuses as well as bulbs are blown but I think you'll have to start with checking fuses.
If it were me, I would be on my way to the hardware store.

If all else fails; use the tree and add your own strands of lights.


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December 4, 20200 found this helpful

I am not sure that all the lights on the tree have been blown out. I feel that this is a fuse issue and the fuses that run the strands of light are blown out and this is why the lights are not lighting. If I remember correctly the plug at the bottom has the main fuse in this plug. I would take this apart and check the plug first and check the fuse in this plug. If it is good then start to move up the tree and check the other fuses on the tree.


To verify if all the lights are blown get a lightbulb tester. I think they are really cheap and you should be able to find them now. Test a few of the bulbs and make sure you are right. If the bulbs these good then you know you have another issue and it is in the fuses for the tree. I am not sure what fuses are used in your stand but you should also test them too. You should be able to do this with a volt meter to make sure you are getting a flow of current through the fuse to the electric wiring.


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December 8, 20200 found this helpful

This is to many watts to connect to with lights. When you purchase lights, it mentions that you can only connect up to a certain amount. Adding additional can create a malfunction, blinking, blown circuits, power loss and fire.


Most appliances large and small for your household tells you not to cross or add to a existing appliance cord. The outlet may have some issues , try using a different one untill you can have it looked at by a professional.

December 8, 20200 found this helpful

Thank you kindly. I changed the fuse and boom they are back on.


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December 11, 20200 found this helpful

So glad it is fixed and still in time to enjoy fixing it up for Christmas. Sometimes just the simple things will work but difficult to think when in the midst of a 'disaster'.
Hope you and your family have beautiful, safe holidays.


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December 10, 20200 found this helpful

Thanks for the follow up!! So happy it was such a simple fix!! Blessings for you and yours this Christmas season!

December 14, 20200 found this helpful

Hi so sorry this happened to you, but I do have a suggestion. Downstairs in your basement there is a fuze box panel. Its big and grey with a door. If you open it, it should be labeled, find the one labeled for the area you are mentioning in your post and flip the breaker back on.


If they are the old school fuzes, you can go to any hardware store and show them the fuze and they will get it for you, they are very inexpensive. I should probably mention if they are the old school ones the screw in and out. Good Luck with everything, I hope this helps.


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