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How To Fix Light Fixtures


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

Tips for Fixing Light Bulbs That Will Not Light Up in Most Any Light Fixture: This handy tip works for just about any light fixture.


Light Bulbs that Will Not Light Up in a Light Fixture

Electrical Question: I have a four bulb light fixture over our bathroom mirror. I thought one of the bulbs was burned out so I replaced the bulb but the bulb would not light.

  • I moved a good light bulb into the spot where the bulb would not light and low and behold it lit up.
  • The bottom line is that I can move the light bulbs around but I can only get three of the four bulbs to light no matter where I place them in the light fixture.

This Light Bulb Question came from: Frank, a Homeowner from Simpsonville, SC.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your Light Bulb Question Frank.

How to Fix Light Bulbs in Fixtures

Application: Light Fixture or Light Bulb Problems.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, a non-aluminum ladder and Non Contact Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to access the light fixture(s).
Precaution: Identify the light circuit, turn it OFF and  Tag it with a Note before servicing or repairing any light fixture components.
Notice: Always install light bulbs that are specified by the light fixture manufacturer. Changes in light bulb type must not produce more heat which could damage light fixture components or the area of the light fixture installation.

Tips for Fixing Light Bulbs That Will Not Light Up in Most Any Light Fixture

  • Here’s an Electrical Tip about Non-Working Light Bulbs in Fixtures:
    • Turn off the switch and check the bottom center tab in the light sockets that are not working.
    • Sometimes these tabs can get pressed down so far that they do not make contact with the base of the light bulb. This works for just about any light fixture.

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