My D.R. ceiling fixture has 5 sockets. When changing bulbs.
I noticed that one socket did not work. I shut off wall switch; tried
unsuccessfully to look inside socket; swabbed it out with old
toothbrush *; sprayed with Cramolin (used for audio equipt),
but no luck.
Any educated guesses on why one of 5 would have crapped out?
And what is best approach to reviving it?
* old toothbrushes are very handy for all kinds of odd jobs.
There are two wires attached to the socket. One goes to the tongue at the
bottom of the socket and the other to the screw shell. Sometimes these wires
are riveted to the socket, and a rivet loosens up. This would require
replacing the socket. Sometimes the wires are attached by screw terminals
which can come loose. This would require retightening. Sometimes the tongue
at the bottom of the socket becomes depressed, and the lamp doesn't reach it
to make contact. This would require carefully prying it back up. At some
location in the fixture, all 10 wires come together and are spliced to the
feed wires. Its possible one of the wires for the dead socket came loose
here, and would need to be reconnected
<aspasia> wrote in message
9 times out of 10 this will fix it. Failing that, you may want to
replace the sockets with some sturdier ones from an electrical
distributor. Some of the box stores are stocking these also, so check
it out, Good luck.
Excuse top posting -- wanted to thank all the amigos who so quickly
and generously gave of their know-how. Will try the prying up
maneuver first & go from there if it doesn't work.
On Mon, 9 Apr 2007 20:26:56 -0400, "John Grabowski"
On Mon, 09 Apr 2007 19:00:10 -0700, aspasia wrote:
How embarrassing! A lesson in making sure to check EVERY step in the
path, and take NOTHING for granted!
Summary: Bulb in 5 socket fixture went out. I screwed in new bulb
but didn't go on. Posted on this NG.
I tried prying up the metal strip in socket as suggested below, but
So peered sadly at the fixture, wondering how the hell to get that
one socket out.
Days -- weeks -- later, another socket went out. In the course of
changing that bulb, I screwed another bulb into the first socket.
Bingo! Went on.
I hadn't checked whether the damn BULB I first tried was good.
Turns out it wasn't. But I assumed the SOCKET was bad.
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