I need to replace the lights on my yard sculpture – help!
March 13, 2014
We have customers call us every week asking about how to repair or replace their yard sculptures.
Here is some of our advice:
- If you have the replacement bulbs that came with your yard art, check to see if any bulbs have fallen out of your light strings. While mini lights will stay lit if one bulb burns out, the circuit will be broken if a light has fallen out.
- Check the fuses in all the plugs of your lights. An overload or energy surge may have blown one of them. Usually there is a little door in each male plug. Slide it back and confirm that the fuses are in tact. You can see a little wire running from the top to the bottom of the fuse. If one of the little filaments is broken, change out the fuse. If that solves your problem, you’re in business.
- Examine the wiring of your lights. If you see wear or exposed copper, remove that set and re-test the remaining sets to see if they are functional. Never plug in a set of lights if you see any type of degradation in your lights electrical wiring.
If the reason for the light failure isn’t obvious, don’t remove and reinsert bulbs. You’ll only end up with sore fingers and possible make problems worse.
It’s time to look at replacing your lights.
You have two ways to approach mini light replacement on yard sculpture:
- If your yard frame is 1/4 inch in diameter, you can use lights with built in clips. You can confirm the size of your frame by either measuring a clip that was used to install the old lights or by measuring the frame. And easy way to get an accurate measurement is to snug down an adjustable wrench on to the frame then measure the width of the opening.
- If your scupture or frame is not 1/4 inch then you’ll need to purchase standard mini lights and use a separate method to attach the lights.
- If you can-reuse clips that came with the sculpture, try that. Plastic degrades in sunlight so this may or may not be an option.
- You can install your lights with zip ties. This isn’t a perfect option but after you get into a rhythm, it works. Be sure to allow for a good deal of time and use a stool or you’ll end up with a sore back.
- You can also use our clips for yard sculpture. They come in a wide variety of diameters and quantities. One side of the clip fits a standard mini light bulb and the other side is the measurement noted on the clip. Choose black or white to match your frame. These clips position the bulbs parallel – or with the run – of the frame.
Hopefully, this will help you as you get your deer, Santa and your snowmen back in shape for the upcoming season.