Many moons ago I decorated my house in miles of mini lights, but the laws of "mini light malfunction" discouraged me from continuing that tradition. This, of course, is the law that says "no matter how well the lights worked the last year, only 50% of them will work this year."
So that's why I've gone simple. At least so I thought.
I've always liked the larger C9 style bulbs. They're clean, give off a bright distinct color and the whole string doesn't go dark if one of them burns out. We had them on our house when I was growing up, and they just plain old look like Christmas to me. So that's what I use now.
Last night I put them up and plugged them in - but one of them didn't work. Because I'm anal that way, I obviously couldn't just leave it alone - so I decided to climb back up the ladder and give it a good firm twist, to make sure it was snug in the socket.
But guess what? Because of my super-human strength, I managed to twist the bulb right out if its socket, short out the contact - AND BLOW THE FUSE TO THE WHOLE STRING!
Now, instead of ONE light not working, I had seventy five. Joy.
Anyway, only hour later, after unscrewing the damaged bulb from the socket with a potato and hunting down a spare miniature fuse, I finally had the string back on. However, the bad light was not due to the bulb in the first place, it was a bad socket - so that is still not working.
It's the 8th light from the right
As much as it's killing me, I ended up leaving it as is. Maybe next spring I'll take the time to figure out what's wrong with the socket and fix it for good. But for now, I'll just hope that everyone who drives by our house doesn't burst out in laughter over the missing bulb.
It's a good thing I've decided to keep it simple.