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Replace or Repair Your Older Light Fixtures

How to Fix Light Fixture Problems: Evaluating the Condition a Light Fixture, The Most Common Methods for Repairing a Light Fixture, Replacement Parts of Most Light Fixtures, Replacing a Light Socket, Rewiring a Light Fixture.


Guide to Light Fixture Parts and How to Fix Them
Electrical Question: I have a mushroom glass flush mount ceiling light fixture with 2 sockets, each rated for a maximum of 60watt incandescent light bulb.

Here are My Questions about this Light Fixture

  1. If the problem is in the sockets or the wiring to them (has to be), why does the entire assembly, including the globe, need to be replaced? Why not just replace the sockets or fix their connection to the wiring?
  2. This fixture worked fine for six years until the(2) 100watts were installed. Is it possible that the excess wattage overheated the sockets and caused the fixture to malfunction?

Thanks for your time and expertise. I hope this gives you enough info to answer my two questions.

Background: Anna, a Educator from Pittsfield, MA.
Additional Comments: So far, so good. No-frills design is uncluttered and user-friendly. Good job, Dave.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Anna.

How to Fix Light Fixture Problems

Preparation

Evaluating the Condition a Light Fixture

The Most Common Methods for Repairing a Light Fixture

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The Non-Contact Electrical Tester
This is a testing tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and is the first test tool I grab to help identify electrical wiring. It is a Non-contact tester that I use to easily Detect Voltage in Cables, Cords, Circuit Breakers, Lighting Fixtures, Switches, Outlets and Wires. Simply insert the end of the tester into an outlet, lamp socket, or hold the end of the tester against the wire you wish to test. Very handy and easy to use.

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The Plug-In Outlet Tester
This is the first tool I grab to troubleshoot a problem with outlet circuit wiring. This popular tester is also used by most inspectors to test for power and check the polarity of circuit wiring.
It detects probable improper wiring conditions in standard 110-125 VAC outlets Provides 6 probable wiring conditions that are quick and easy to read for ultimate efficiency Lights indicate if wiring is correct and indicator light chart is included Tests standard 3-wire outlets UL Listed Light indicates if wiring is incorrect Very handy and easy to use.

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The Wire Stripper and Wire Cutter
My absolute favorite wire stripping tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and this is the tool I use to safely strip electrical wires.
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The wire gauges are shown on the side of the tool so you know which slot to use for stripping insulation.
The end of the tool can be used to grip and bend wire which is handy for attaching wire onto the screw terminals of switches and outlets..

The wire stripper will work on both solid and stranded wire. This tool is Very Handy and Easy to Use.

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