It's not the best quality, came in one of those 3-lamp sets, but it is
NEW--maybe a year old and barely used. When I turn it on, nothing happens.
Yes, it is plugged in and I have tested the lightbulbs to make sure it is
not the bulb. I have also tried different outlets.
I don't want to throw this lamp away! What is my first step in finding out
what the problem is?
Get yourself a continuity tester (or an ohmmeter) and a little education
about simple electrical circuits.
Then, find the open circuit in the cord, a "loose disconnection"
somewhere or the bad switch or socket that's causing the problem, and
fix or replace it.
Make sure the lamp is UNPLUGGED, use your finger nail or some other
implement and slightly pull upwards on the little silver tab inside the
middle of the socket. It's a fairly common cause of lamp sockets not
working. The base of the bulb may not be touching the tab resulting in
your current problem.
Hey good Idea!
If you do have to replace the cord or the socket, make sure the Hot wire is
wired to the screw that goes to the center contact. Also make sure the plug
has one wide and one narrow prong, so it can only be plugged in one way.
It WILL work fine either way, but you don't want the side "shell" where the
bulb screws into to be hot,in case you would be grounded and also contact
the side "shell" say when changing a bulb.
If the plug is to be replaced, the nuetral wire on lamp cord is generally
idetified by a raised ridge on the cord or a small line of colour. This
will ensure that the hot and neutral are connectted to their proper
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