Since I posted my question about bypassing the multi-function controller on my Christmas Lights the other week, I can see that it’s regularly being found by people Googling things like “bypassing multi-function controller” or “christmas lights on constant” and other such related search terms. It seems I am not alone.
So I thought it was about time I posted an update so you know exactly what I’ve done about it.
Having got good and useful advice in the comments last time, and also over on Facebook, I had a closer look with a friend and we came across another problem. The transformer drops the voltage to a safe level, but does not appear to convert the current from AC to DC. That must happen in the multi-function controller. As I have very little concept what that actually means, I admitted defeat and left them as they are.
Let’s face it, I clearly don’t know what I’m doing and the last thing I’d want would be to cause a fire.
Oh, and to confuse things even further, some days they do come on still set to “steady on” and some days they don’t.
My only advice: don’t buy multi-function ones in future.
UPDATE December 2018: Wrote this seven years ago. Damn things still frustrate me, but never been brave enough to try to sort them out. Other sets I have I see mention a “memory function” which seems to mean they remember the setting you chose. That shouldn’t be a ‘function’ – that should be the default. Ho hum.
Update 2018: A friend has pointed out these instructions to me, which even I might manage to follow. If I’m brave enough to have a try, I’ll let you know how it goes. http://www.bigclive.com/noflash.htm