From: "Anthony Q. Bachler"
Subject: Re: So how DO you find the burned out bulb?
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Date: Thu, 26 Dec 2002 19:48:14 GMT
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I think the idea is to avoid pullign bulbs...
The american people did to themselves
what Osama bin Laden could never do,
took away our freedoms in exchange for
a false sense of security.
"Da Man" wrote in message
> "Boris Mohar" wrote in message
> > On Tue, 24 Dec 2002 05:43:19 GMT, "Bill Brown" wrote:
> > >I have been following the "Greenlee Voltage Stick" posts. I bought a $5
> > >Radio Shack Voltage detector and had similar problems figuring out
> > >bulb is burned out in a series xmas light string..
> > >
> > >So the question is How do you find the burned out bulb?? If I had my
> > >wand I would create a pen sized stick with a hole in the bottom that
> > >slip over the suspect bulb (while it still plugged into a powered
> > >If it buzzed (or didn't buzz) then you pop the bulb out with the
> > >grippers (Kind of like a screw holder, except sharper). It should be
> > >because you have a 120 VAC differential across the burned out bulb, but
> > >essentially nothing across a good bulb.
> > >
> > >Hmmm... maybe I should also post this to sci.electronics.design and see
> > >any of the whiz bang designers over there have any good ideas. Hey guys
> > >over there, build a million, sell a million, make a million, $$ that
> > >See the original series of posts in sci.engr.lighting, under the thread
> > >"Greelee Voltage Stick".
> > If this is a loop type where you have a single wire daisy chaining from
> > one bulb to another that plug it in and bring an input from an audio
> > amplifier in the PROXIMITY for the wire. The hum should significantly
> > diminish or increase when you cross the break. Under no circumstances
> > should you attempt to connect the amp input to any part of the bulb
> > wiring. Also make sure that the amp and the bulb chain are plugged in
> > same outlet.
> That's how you do it!
> With a voltage probe, you don't need the amp, as it essentially is the
> thing, only with a pen sized case and a LED connected instead of a
> I still have to buy one of those probes, but I just stick one meter probe
> the hot side of an recptical, pull a bulb from one end of the string, and
> plug it in so that it is the hot side (or pull the bulb on the other
> I then replace the bulb, pull the middle bulb, and check to see of I still
> have 120V there (in america). If I do, I pull the bulb in the middle of
> last half, and check again, If I don't I go and pull the bulb in the first
> half, and check again. I repeat this process a few times till I limit it
> down to one bulb. If there is more then one bad bulb, I have to repeat the
> process a few times. It only takes a couple of minutes to do.
> > Boris Mohar