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How can I make my lights twinkle?

What is this red tipped bulb?

I really need twinkling lights…. can you help me?

Short answer

Yes, just replace one of the bulbs in your Christmas light string with a red-tipped bulb and that section of circuit will flash on and off!

Long answer with photos

Good news, while it’s not possible to modify a Christmas light string so that individual light bulbs randomly flash (or twinkle) on your string, you can flash the entire string of lights on and off using the red tipped flasher bulb that comes with many of the light strings sold at Christmas Light Source. (If your project requires randomly flashing bulbs, consider a set of chasing lights – see a video of a multi color set here. )

This is a set of purple craft lights. See the little plastic envelope? It contains replacement bulbs, a couple of extra fuses, and a red tipped flasher bulb. (Always save these little envelopes sorted by type of light string so they are always handy.)

A close view of the included mini lights accessories.

At Christmas Light Source (CLS) all the mini lights contain this accessory pack with a flasher bulb with the exception of our 15-bulb strings with 4-inch spacing. Craft lights with 20 and 35 lights to the string also have flasher bulbs

The following light strings at CLS do NOT have flasher bulbs: Craft lights with 10 or 15 lights to the string, battery lights (none of our battery lights sets have flasher bulbs), and our light strings that have 15 lights spaced 4 inches apart. (We are in the process of updating our light string specs to include whether they come with a red-tipped bulb or not. If you have a question about a specific light string, please contact us here.

Test the set of lights before beginning.

Unplug lights and carefully remove one of the bulbs. Pinch your nails around the base so the entire bulb and base come out and not just the glass bulb alone.

Here’s the base of the red tipped bulb. Make sure those little copper wires are flat against the base. (They can be a little twisted.)

Install the flasher bulb. (This project was quick and easy, wasn’t it?)

Plug the lights in and wait a few seconds for the flasher bulb to warm up and start to flash!

The red-tipped bulb heats up and then the flashing begins. Note that all the lights in the circuit where the red tipped bulb is installed will flash on and off. The bulbs will not randomly twinkle-flash.

Note that for a string of lights with 50 bulbs or less then usually the entire string will flash. For 100-bulbs strings made in more than a single circuit, the bulbs in the section of circuit with the red-tipped bulb will flash.

Does that make sense? If it doesn’t, comment below.

As an alternative to the entire string flashing on and off, consider a string of chasing lights. A string of chasing lights can’t be run end to end but they are constructed on 3 alternating circuits so they have a more random twinkle look. Here’s a quick video showing the full range of flashing frequency.

So, did this help?

We hope so!!

How to Create Twinkle Lights for Christmas Tree Portraits in Photoshop

Christmas is almost here and like you, many photographers are getting ready to photograph their holiday sessions and are likely using Christmas trees. In this article, we’re going to show you how to add a little more twinkle to your Christmas photos so that you can wow your clients. Even if your trees have lots of lights, this will show you how to create twinkle lights in Photoshop so you can add more cheer to your photos!

Learn how to add twinkle lights to your holiday photo sessions in this article.

Step 1. Create your twinkle lights pattern

In order to add the twinkle lights to the lights and create more lights, you’ll need to first create the brush preset. This isn’t as difficult as it seems. Of course, you could download brush presets online, but there’s nothing like having the perfect brush you’ve created for your photos.

1.1 Create a new document. It doesn’t have to be a large document. Use a predetermined one and make sure you aren’t using artboards and that your resolution is at 300dpi. A white background will help you see what you’re doing.

Create a new document. It doesn’t have to be large since you’ll end up with a brush preset that can be sized after.

1.2 Next, go into Brush Settings. If you don’t see this on the icon menus on the left (or where you have your tools), you can open it by going to Windows -> Brush Settings and the window with the settings will pop up.

Choose the round brush with zero hardness – it should be brush 30 in the brush menu. It’s a predetermined brush.

Here, you’ll want to select the roundness of the brush to around 8%. This will make sure your brush is flat to make the different strokes of the twinkle.

For this tutorial, we’ve made our twinkle with 5 points, but you can get creative with the size and add in additional points if you like.

You can see how the brush is flattened.

1.3 Choose the angles of your brush. Respectively, they are 90-degrees, 180-degrees, 45-degrees, and -45-degrees to make the five points. You can set a ruler to help guide you, making sure the lines intersect in the middle. For this one, I just painted with the brush by eye.

1.4 Once you have all five points or as many points as you want for your twinkle, go back to the Brush Settings and change the roundness back to 100%. With this brush, go to the center of your star and fill in the middle with a couple of clicks to add more to the middle.

This will give the twinkle a little more fullness and make it look like an actual light in the Christmas tree.

1.5 We’re almost done! Finally, we’ll add in a nice Gaussian Blur to the twinkle so it looks more real in the background and the points on the starburst aren’t too harsh when you’re adding them into the images.

Of course, this is preference and you can make one brush with the blur and another brush without so you have options. We’ve added the blur to our starburst. Go to Filter -> Blur -> Gaussian Blur and choose how much blur you want.

1.6 Now you have a nice full twinkle light! From here, we’ll need to create the Brush Preset pattern so that you can use it in the future on any image in Photoshop. Go to Edit -> Define Brush Preset -> Change the name to what you’d like to call it and click OK.

This will create your brush pattern! Now you have your twinkle light brush ready to use and you can change the color and size.

Step 2. Clone lights to make the twinkle lights look more real

If you add your twinkle lights to the photo, it will look oddly out of place. This is because it needs an actual light to shine off of an actual light source. The best way to do this is to clone a light in the original photo to other parts of the tree before using the twinkle light brush.

While you could just paint on dots, they don’t have the same color and gradient as a light that is already in the tree and may look out of place.

2.1 To do this, first create a new layer so that your twinkle lights can become moveable after you’ve added them. Also, this will keep you from cloning and using the brush on the original image in case you need to start over, you can simply delete the layer.

2.2 Now go to the layer of your original image, click on the Stamp Tool. In the menu bar at the top, make sure that you uncheck where it says Aligned. This will make sure to only clone the light as you click on various parts of the layer.

Click on ATL and click a light. Make sure the brush is just large enough for the light tip so you don’t clone too much of the tree/background.

2.3 Once you’ve made your selection of which light you’ll clone, go back to the new layer and click on the parts of the image you see that you want to add the lights in. Don’t worry, you’re not cloning on the image itself, this layer is transparent and that’s why you can see the photo in the layer below. It helps to see where you’re putting the extra lights.

2.4 All right, now that you’ve added more lights to the tree, you are ready to add in the twinkle lights brush! Go to Brush and choose the brush you just created. Usually, new brushes show up at the end of the brush list.

Choose your twinkle light brush. Make sure that the color for your brush is set to white. Alternatively, you can choose the color picker and get a warmer yellow color that matches the lights. It’s your choice! You can also add colored lights if you wish!

Leave the hardness and opacity at 100%, go to your new layer where you’ve cloned the lights on. Go to each light and add in the twinkle onto it. Adding the lights and the twinkle makes the twinkle look real and not too fake.

Change the size for a few of the twinkles so they look more random.

3. Add in additional colors

The great thing about doing the twinkle lights this way is that because you’ve added them onto a transparent layer, you can move them around and resize them as you need.

The amazing part is that you can duplicate the twinkle lights layer, move it around, and add colors to it to create colored twinkle lights. Here’s a break down of how you do that for multiple colors:

3.1 Duplicate the twinkle lights layer.

3.2 Move it around and transform it so that it’s not directly on top of the other twinkle lights. If you’re going to add in more colors, I suggest that you don’t add in too many twinkle lights in the original layer so that you can fill in those empty spots with the colored twinkle lights.

3.3 Go to Layer -> New Fill Layer -> Solid Color. Choose a color. I did blue, green, and red. But you can add in any color.

3.4 You’ll end up with a solid color onto your images. Don’t worry, right-click on the layer and choose Create Clipping Mask to clip it to the twinkle light duplicate layer.

3.5 Go to Blending modes at the top of the layer window and choose Color. This will overlay the color on the twinkle lights and make it look more real.

3. 6 A great tip is to merge each color to the twinkle lights layer. Then add a mask so that you can go into the layer with your brush and take out the twinkle lights for that layer without having to deal with the color clipping mask and all that.

It’ll make removing them easier. This is ideal in case you need to remove one from an ornament or face.

You can also add a clipping mask to the original twinkle lights layer to help brush out unwanted twinkle lights as well.

Using a mask on the layer can help you to take out unwanted twinkle lights.

And that’s it! That’s how you add in additional twinkle lights in color to your image!

Before and after with the twinkle lights in color. You can make it more subtle by adding fewer twinkle lights.

Use in non-holiday images as well

Use this tutorial on other images where you’d like to add in some twinkle too! It doesn’t have to just be for holiday sessions, simply just use the brush only with a color set.

Use the twinkle lights brush on other portraits that you’d like to add some sparkle to.

Make sure you’re working on the transparent layer and play with opacity levels and additional colors.

In a new transparent layer, I selected the twinkle lights brush and added the twinkle lights to various parts of the layer in white in different sizes. Then, set the blending mode to Overlay to get the right look. I also lowered the opacity.

Twinkle lights with more than 5 points

The great thing about adding in twinkle lights is that you’re creating your own brush preset! This lets you create different types of brushes, and one might be adding more points to the twinkle light.

Here’s a comparison of no twinkle lights, a five-point twinkle, and a multi-point twinkle light.

Go through all of the steps in Step One, only this time add more angles and add in more points. It also looks great when you change the size within the same brush.

In the close-up, you can see that the brush preset has more points than the five-point twinkle light brush we made previously.

It’s really all about preference, so play around and see what look is the right one for your portraits.

In conclusion

Before and after on another photo. This is more subtle and only uses white twinkle lights.

It may sound complicated the first time you give it a try, but with time it gets easier! Adding in additional twinkle lights can give your holiday photos a little more twinkle and pop that will make your clients very happy to see in their final images!

Will you be using this tip to add in twinkle lights to your images?


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Garlands for trees Clip light, views, how to decorate and connect.

On the eve of the New Year holidays, all cities, streets and shops are prepared especially carefully: everything begins to shine and shimmer with colorful lights, attracting the eye and reminding of the approach of the most important celebration.

By December, all buildings are transformed inside and out, avenues and streets shimmer with millions of lights. And the trees with the onset of the dark time of the day look like in a fairy tale. With the development of LED technology in our time, tree decoration has become very popular, it is no longer so expensive and very effective.

In this article we will understand what clip light is, what it is and how to choose the right one.

Clip-light is a LED street garland that operates from a step-down transformer (it converts 220V to 24V current, there will be no electric shock if the product is damaged) with an increased level of dust and moisture protection (IP not lower than 44), which makes it absolutely safe for people. It can be used in all weather conditions, the operating range is from -40 to +60 degrees. During operation, the diodes do not heat up and do not harm the tree.

  • The clip-light garland is very similar to the usual one, it comes in standard sets for 30, 60 and 100 meters. All of them go in segments of 10 m or 20 m, connected in series to each other. Comes with step down transformer. Operates in constant light mode.
  • Clip-light Spider are ready-made decoration kits. In their kit, in addition to the transformer, there is a splitter for 3 or 5 beams.

Available with modes:

  • Flickering.
  • Permanent glow (fixing).
  • With a controller (chasing) that provides light dynamics modes.

You can also purchase additional splitters in the Cliplight accessories section.

Garlands are made of PVC wire (it is recommended to decorate during the warm period, because it hardens with the onset of cold weather and can break when decorating), rubber or silicone (more suitable for installation in the cold season, they will not harden at low temperatures below 20 degrees).

Connecting the garland

The garland can be connected in series one after the other if you plan to simply hang it on the branches in the old fashioned way (this method is also suitable for decorating a high-rise Christmas tree). It is convenient to dress up a tree with a long garland - just wind it around the trunk or randomly distribute it among the branches.

If you are planning to decorate a branching tree, then you need a clip-light spider, which comes with a 3- or 5-beam splitter. With the help of separate processes, you can draw each branch. The splitter can be placed in any part of the clipboard - both immediately after the transformer and between the strands of the garlands.

The wrapping decoration process does not require any technical devices, it is quite laborious, but it is thanks to it that the maximum effect in decoration can be achieved. If you want to find yourself in a fairy tale, you will have to work hard and carefully wind the wire around the branches, the more often, the brighter your magic tree will glow!

For an example of calculating the required length, you can use the table:

At the end of the season, we advise you to remove the winding from the tree - it grows and tightly wound wires can harm it. If you plan to use this decor all year round, we recommend that you remove the winding once a year and do it again.

If you still can't decide, if you still have doubts - just write or call us, the employees of the online store "Winter Story" will be happy to help you make the right choice!

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What are the signs of a bad violation? - News Share

  • Noticing flashing or flickering lights in your home.
  • Experiencing poor performance or breaks with appliances.
  • Replace light bulbs regularly as they burn out quickly.
  • Miracle stay of electric smell coming from your panel.

Why does the light in my house suddenly flicker?

Flickering or flashing lights are usually caused by one of the following: bulb problems (not tight enough, bulbs not compatible with your dimmers) . .. a faulty switch or Dimmer. HVAC appliances or units draw a large amount of current when started, causing a voltage drop.

Can an overloaded circuit cause the light to flicker?

Electrical overload will affect your home in many ways, but one of the first things you may notice is that the light flickers. The light is flickering because they are not getting adequate electricity because all electrical appliances, fixtures and electronics in your home communicate with the available electricity supply.

Why do my lights flicker after a power outage?

Typically, flickering lights occur when there is an error in our electrical system, such as a tree or branch in contact with a power line. … Our system cuts power automatically to isolate the problem, preventing damage that could result in a longer outage and affect many more customers.


What should I do if the power continues to flicker?

If you frequently experience flickering lights and then go outside, you probably need to increase the electrical load potential. This can be done by calling an electrician to install a new electrical circuit.

Why did my power just flicker?

What causes flickering power? There are several factors that can cause flickering power: lightning, damaged electrical equipment, and objects that come into contact with power lines, including tree branches, palm leaves, and vegetation - even animals.

What are the three warning signs of an overloaded electrical circuit?

Overloaded circuit signs

  • Light lights, especially if the lights are dim when the appliances are turned on or there is more light.
  • buzzing sockets or switches.
  • Exit or switch lids that are warm to the touch.
  • Burning odors from sockets or switches.
  • Burnt plugs or sockets.

What causes a lot of lights to flicker?

If several fixtures are flickering, this may indicate that you have conductors with service conductors on the main electrical panel or meter base. … Other causes of flickering lights that call for professional attention include faulty connectors, corroded wiring, or a mixture of copper and aluminum wires that have not been properly connected.

Why are my lights flickering in one room?

Flickering or flashing lights are usually caused by one of four things: Bulb problem (not dense enough, wrong type of dimmer bulb) ... faulty light or fixture switch. The device draws a large amount of current at startup, causing a voltage drop.

How can I stop the flickering light?

tighten loose bulbs

If your bulbs are flickering, turn off the power and, using a glove to protect your hand from fire, screw in the bulb more tightly. If the bulb is too loose, the socket is not making proper contact with the bulb and this can cause intermittent flicker.

What will make the lights flicker and dim in the house?

Sometimes lights flicker and dim because is a loose bulb or a loose connection in fixture . … Lights throughout a room can flicker for the same reason they are dim. They are on the same circuit as the big appliance and the extra power delivered by the appliance as it cycles on voltage fluctuations.

Why does the light in my house flicker when the AC is turned on?

It is normal for your lights to speed up 3-5 percent when your AC unit starts up. … Capacitors can lose their ability to store energy over time, and when that happens, your air conditioner requires more voltage from other appliances to run. This causes your light bulbs to be much more dim than usual.

How do I know if the circuit breaker needs to be replaced?

You will need to replace the circuit breaker if it is hot to touch, has a burning smell or you may see visual damage such as black or burnt material or frayed wires. Quality circuit breakers should last a long time. The circuit breaker device does not necessarily cause every electrical problem or short pollution.

What happens when a circuit breaker goes bad?

Yes, the circuit breaker may stop working. They usually fail." What happens if the circuit breaker does not switch? If the circuit breaker does not switch, it may cause the main switch to trip or worse - extensive electrical damage or fire .

How much does it cost to replace a circuit breaker?

It costs from 209up to $249 to replace a circuit breaker switch, with most people paying an average of $229. This cost includes a single standard switch, supplies, and labor, with the job taking a licensed electrician one to two hours.

Why do my lights keep growing?

The top four minor complications that can cause them to behave this way include: a problem with your light bulb (e.g. wrong type of dimmer bulb, loose socket connection) faulty light switch or light switch Questionnaire Loose connection between light plug and socket.

Why does the bathroom light keep flickering?

The first thing that can cause flickering is a bulb that is too loose. Let the light bulb cool down enough so that you can touch it comfortably. Then turn on the light, loosen the bulb so it turns off, and then rotate the bulb until it turns on. … if this happens all the time, it’s time to replace that particular bulb.

Why are my lights flickering at 10pm?

Simple problems such as loose wiring can cause unstable or fluctuating current on bulbs, causing them to flicker. Professional assistance should be sought from a certified electrician to tighten or correct loose circuitry and wiring.

How do I know if my electrical panel is overloaded?

humming or burning If you hear a humming sound or see sparks near the maintenance panel, this indicates a serious electrical problem. Overloaded circuits can damage breakers, connections, and wiring, resulting in arting, which creates sparks or humming sounds, and a very serious fire risk.

How do you know if you have bad wiring in your house?

8 Bad Wiring Signs

  1. Frequently tripped circuit breakers.
  2. flickering or dimming. …
  3. Beeping or crackling sounds. …
  4. Exhausted wires. …
  5. Aluminum or handle and tubular wiring. …
  6. Warm or vibrating spots on sockets or walls. …
  7. Smoke coming from socket or appliances. …
  8. Burning odors or burn marks on electrical appliances.

Do you smell electric fire?

Maybe smells like burning plastics, burning tar, electrical wires, even burning clothes. … People should be able to distinguish this smell from the smell of electric fire. But if something doesn't smell right, and it smells like burning or incomplete combustion, call the fire department, Anderson urges.

Why is my home getting stronger?

Power Surges may originate from the electrical utility company during the power switchover. Another common cause of power surges, especially the most powerful ones, is lightning. Internal power surges can also occur inside the home when large appliances such as air conditioners and refrigerator motors are turned on and off.

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