Here’s a question for all my many electrician readers.
The Christmas lights I have outside have one of those “multi function” gizmos so they can flash, twinkle, fade, chase and do all sorts of clever, and frankly unnecessary, things. I just want them to stay on. Here’s the controller:
Easy enough, you say: I can see setting number eight says “steady on“. Well, yes, I’ve noticed that. But I’m not going to just leave them on all the time, and when they’ve been off they don’t remember what setting you had them on last time. No, they may be clever, but they’re not clever enough to do that. They always come on on setting number one – “combination”.
So what’s the problem, I hear you say. Surely it’s not too much of a problem to just press that button seven times when you turn them on? No, no it’s not. But here’s the thing: I have them plugged into a timer that switches them on for me when I’m not there, and off again at midnight. So they twinkle and flash their merry way around that damned “combination” sequence like they’re possessed until I get home to press the button.
So here’s the question. Can I bypass this whole box somehow and just get them to come on and stay on? Shouldn’t be too difficult, I thought.
But can you see the difficulty? There are two wires going off to the plug. And three wires going off to the lights. Oh, and the box is sealed. No screws, no clips, no indication that you’re allowed to get inside.
Any ideas? Anyone? Please?
NEW: If you want to know exactly what I’ve done about this, I’ve posted an update here.