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Last night, I got this made in China ornamental led chain lights for decking up my balcony. It was working well for a while until about an hour after operation when it became all dim.

I've used such kinds of lights for a few years now (they don't last more than a few months after unwinding) and every time it has rained, the lights kept up. This time is turning out out to be everything but that.

The LEDs are 2 days new from the store.

I suspect the heavy rains during the time they were on. Or could it be something with the circuitry in the programs PCB? ( I did give in a check for poor soldering but saw that hot glue was used too, contrary to faith on some cold alloy alone ) By programs I mean those one - click - away settings to change the pattern of glow.

I checked the extension box, no probs. The house voltage was alrighty too.

•if it is the water, how may I get these fixed?

•what steps to take to reach a better conclusion at what the problem really is.

  • Hello, and welcome to Home Improvement. Random Chinese-made electrical fixtures are rumored to be flakey, especially in the weather; I doubt it would be worth your money to have them fixed. And, you should probably take our tour so you'll know how best to participate here. – Daniel Griscom Oct 20 at 19:05
  • Chinese lights that dim sum. I amuse myself. Your welcome. Are the lights rated to be used outdoors in the rain ? – Alaska Man Oct 20 at 19:08
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    @AnupamDash NO it is not obvious. We can not see the packaging that the lights came in, we do not know if they were designed to be used in wet weather. WHY "surely outdoors"?, again we do not know anything about the lights except they are made in China. – Alaska Man Oct 20 at 19:19
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    @AnupamDash Understood, but we can not answer your questions if we do not have all the information about the lights. No, A good deal of tape is not enough if the tape is not made for wet weather. Wet weather lights would not be made with tape, they would have sealed components. – Alaska Man Oct 20 at 19:24
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    Yeah, tape is pretty unreliable for seepage. This has been a vexation for people making automotive splices for many years. The latest tech is a gooey shrinkwrap that has an inner gelatin glue that goes liquid when you heat itl. It's a HARD problem. Also Chinese junk is junk, and a significant failure rate is normal, you are expected to take the defective item back to the store, and the store doesn't care because they charged $10 for a thing that cost them $1. – Harper - Reinstate Monica Oct 20 at 20:41

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