How To Extract a Broken Light Bulb From a Socket
How to Fix a Broken Light Bulb Problem: When replacing a light bulb it was twisting in the light socket then when I turned the light back on the bulb popped and flashed then the power went out.
A Damaged Light Bulb Can Cause An Electrical Short Circuit
Electrical Question: When replacing a light bulb it was twisting in the light socket then when I turned the light back on the bulb popped and flashed then the power went out.
- When replacing a bedroom ceiling fan light bulb the bulb was not coming out but was just twisting in the light socket.
- I turned the light back on the bulb popped and flashed then the power went out in all outlets upstairs.
- I turned the circuit breaker on and off but this did not help to get power back to that part of the house.
- What do you think happened, how bad is it?
This electrical repair question came from: Barry, a Homeowner from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Thanks for your electrical repair question Barry.
How to Fix a Broken Light Bulb Problem
- Barry, what happened was the socket base of the light bulb separated from the glass bulb and the wires that are attached to the socket base have no doubt twisted together and has created a direct short which is causing the circuit to trip off.
- The solution is to remove the base of the light bulb from the light socket.
- This must be done with the circuit power off and you may need to use a small screw driver and a needle nose pliers to carefully extract the light base out of the socket.
- Once this is done you can install the replacement light bulb and turn the circuit back on.
- I have heard of using a potato to extract a broken light bulb, but that could get rather tricky and messy but may work well if the glass has broken. In any case be sure to protect your hands by wearing a good pair of work gloves.
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Please help – A bulb broke when trying to replace it and the metal socket is stuck in socket holder – thanks in advance.
Turn OFF the light switch or circuit.
Remove the glass from the broken bulb.
Take a small flat blade screw driver and gently pry between the socket and the broken bulb base pushing it in towards the center area.
Do this all the way around the socket being careful not to damage the socket, bending only on the old bulb base.
Lift out the old bulb or use pliers to gently unscrew the old bulb.
Be Careful – Dave
I had the same problem as the original fellow, but when I finally got the old bulb piece out and put the new one in, the lights didn’t turn back on. Oddly enough the breaker didn’t trip when it originally shorted, but all the other lights on the circuit went out and are still out. Flipping the breaker off and on does no good. Is it a faulty circuit breaker or light socket that is the problem, and how do I diagnose the problem? Thanks in advance!
If it was a bad light socket it would not keep the other lights from working. A voltage test should be made to see if there is power to the light circuit, and if not it could be a bad circuit breaker but this would be rare. There is a possibility that the circuit breaker really is tripped OFF but appears that it is in the ON position, or that you have not found the right circuit breaker. If the circuit will not reset then the wiring to the socket may be damaged or shorted out if the socket was turning while the bulb was being extracted. In this case the wiring to the socket will need to be repaired before the circuit breaker can be reset.
I was able to track the problem back to the light switch. The dimmer had blown!
Thanks for your help. 😉