Because they normally work without any problem at all, we take the light fixtures in our homes for granted, constantly relying on their artificial light throughout the day and night. What do we do whenever a bulb is no longer working? How do you know if it’s the bulb, a wiring problem or other issue? In most cases, you can take care of the problem quickly with little or no help. In some cases, however, you may need to enlist the assistance of your local electrician Wire Crimp Pull Tester.
Here are a few of the most common issues (and fixes) for your lights:
1. Wall Switch or Plug – The first step, whenever you have a problem with a light fixture, is to make sure that you are plugged in, or your switch is turned on.
2. Circuit Breaker – Have you lost power to anything else in the room? If you have, then you should start by checking your electrical panel for a blown fuse or a tripped breaker.
3. Light Bulb – Sometimes, giving your bulb a little twist or jiggle can fix the problem. If not, replace it with a new bulb. Bulbs, even those that state that they can last 10 years or more, burn out at different times, so never think that it cannot yet be time. It probably is.
4. Socket Tab – If replacing the bulb does not work, shut off power at your electrical panel and check the metal tab inside the bulb socket. This will sometimes get pressed in too far to touch the electrical contact on the bulb. ALWAYS DOUBLE CHECK TO MAKE SURE THAT THE POWER IS TURNED OFF BOTH AT THE SWITCH AND YOUR BREAKER PANEL. Electrical safety should be your number one priority.
5. Lamp or Fixture Switch – Now that you have tried all of the easy fixes, it is time to suspect wiring of causing the issue. If your lamp has an in-line switch, mess around with the switch, listening for any buzzing or other funny noises. These switches frequently go bad. If you think something is wrong, replace the switch. This sometimes means replacing the cord as well. If your fixture has a pull-chain, these often need replacement as well.
6. Cord – Cords can sometimes come loose from socket terminals, plug terminals or internal fixture wiring. Move the cord around into various positions to see if the light comes on. If the light comes on, check the connections. Otherwise, replace the cord.
7. Socket – Sockets can be tested for power with an inexpensive circuit tester. Simply touch one of the probes to the metal socket tab (when the fixture power is on), and the other to the threaded metal sleeve that the bulb screws into. The tester will let you know if the socket has power.
If the above fixes do not remedy your lighting problem, then it is definitely time to call a professional. Attempting to tackle any issues deeper than this can be very dangerous, especially if completed incorrectly. Save yourself time, trouble and danger by calling a local professional.