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Why a Lamp Holder or Socket May Not Be Working

Don in Nebraska Asks: What could be the problem with a light socket that is not working? How to Repair a Lamp Holder and Why a Lamp holder May Not Work, Here are a few things that I have found that will prevent a light socket or lamp holder from working.


How to Get That Light Socket Working

Electrical Question: What could be the problem with a light socket that is not working?

I have a dual flood lamp  motion detector light where only one of the lights work.

This electrical wiring question came from: Don, a Homeowner from Lincoln, Nebraska.
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Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Don.

How to Repair a Lamp Holder and Why a Lamp holder May Not Work

Application: Light Fixture Wiring.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate – Best performed by a Licensed Electrician.
Tools Required: Basic Hand Tools and Safe Ladder.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal experience, the light fixture and access to the light fixture.
Precaution: Identify the light fixture circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Replacement parts for the light fixture should be compatible with the type of lamps that have been installed.

Problems with Older Lamp Sockets and Holders and How to Get Them Working Again

The Following will assist you with Light Sockets and Lamp Holders

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2 Responses to “Why a Lamp Holder or Socket May Not Be Working”
  1. richard gary says:

    I have a dual socket floodlight outside my garage door. I had to replace the bulbs. The bulb fits in one socket,but the bulb will not go into the other socket.

    • Dave Rongey says:

      Hi Richard,
      Inspect the socket for damage or obstacles that may prevent the new bulb from entering the socket. Also look for the broken off base portion of a precious light bulb. If an old light bulb base is found then the outside light circuit should be turned off and the bulb base should be carefully extracted. Be sure to use gloves to protect your hands.
      Be Safe,
      Dave

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