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Not working. Broken wires on electronics

Nice set of 80 LED lights worked well last year. Dug them out, plugged in and nothing.

Opening up the only box on the wires, it containes a small PCB from which the wires have come detached. There is nothing complicated about the PCB - power comes in, there are 4 diodes and the lights are connected to the other end.

So I soldered the detached mains lead back, plugged it in and this part at least seems to work (I get 240V across the power in terminals and 217V across the connections to the lights.

There are 4 wires connected oin a strand to the lights. 3 have become detached. It looks originally as these 3 wires were connected to the same terminal and hte fourth wire (still connectged) to the other terninal.

So I expect 3 strands of lights but 3 doesn't go into 80 so maybe its 2 strands of 40? Either way, its odd because the end LED has one wire atached to one terminal and three wires attached to the other terminal which suggests 3 strands?

So plug the lights and tried connecting each of hte three loose wires in turn to the other ternnial . Sadly no signs of life

Any suggestions as to how I might ry to get these working?

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No suggestions here---LEDs lights at Christmas are like fingernails on a chalkboard to me. They look like a video game threw up in the bushes. Not the warm nostalgic cheery glow that signals Christmas is coming.

If you throw these out and replace them with incandescents, I will fix those for you myself.

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Great description! I firmly believe anyone, (including a video game) who is throwing up in the bushes needs my support! Actually they are fine as long as you keep the flashjing under control! Just my 10c

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check the leds if they are connected in series a single burned led will stop a whole line . do you have a mulltimeter ?

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Yes I have a mutimeter.

It seemed unlikely that all thtee strands should go at the same time especially with all the damage to the wires in the rectifier box. Chore for today is to start the ckecking process! :-(. I'll post back

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I have 4 wires (ABC&D)at each end of the trand of lights. The multimeter says

A-a = 34 ohms

B-b = 34 ohms

C-c = 34 ohms

D-d = open circuit

Now I am beginning to think I mught have 4 strands of lights each one being 20 LEDS made up of

A-a+D-d

B-b+D-d

C-c+D-d

so if anything in D-d goes, the whole lot dies.

Does that sond sensible?

How do I now find the duff LED in D-d?

TFAI

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