Use Dielectric Grease On Outdoor Christmas Lights and Never Have Problems Again


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Use Dielectric Grease On Outdoor Christmas Lights and Never Have Problems Again
Sunday, December 05, 2010

Just a quick little tip for anyone who hangs outdoor Christmas lights. To prevent the sockets and bulbs from corroding, use dielectric tuneup grease, available from any auto parts store, to coat the base of the bulb.

Just clean up the base with a wire wheel, steel wool or other suitable abrasive and then cover completely with a layer of dielectric grease. Never again will you have intermittent lights due to corroded connections.

I first began doing this about 8 years ago and since then, have not had a single socket or bulb failure related to moisture. It has saved many hours of cleaning and swapping bulbs.

Enjoy.


Comments From Others

anonymous
Use Dielectric Grease On Outdoor Christmas Lights and Never Have Problems Again
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
With the price of Christmas lights these days from our friends in China, personally, I wouldn't bother. You can get nice long strips for $20.

(Editor's notes: Generating unnecessary waste, and using $20 vs a $5 tube of grease. Years later and I still have not lost a single socket.)

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