I have a peculiar problem with the light in my bathroom: when the room
gets a certain temperature, the room light goes out. This is a hundred
year old house and the wiring is not all that great, but I never heard
of a problem like this. Does anybody have any ideas why the light goes
out when the room gets hot?
Sometimes the bulb base tip is just a bit too short to press firmly
against the socket's center contact and when things get warm and expand
the electrical contact is lost.
TURN THE LIGHT OFF!
Remove the bulb and see if there's a center tab at the bottom of the
socket hole under which you can hook the bent tip of an opened paper
clip and pull out a bit.
If the center contact in the socket won't bend out, then try changing
the light bulb or putting a drop of solder on the center contact of the
present bulb's base to lengthen it a bit.
Pull the socket down and tighten the wire terminal screws.
If it's a socket with a pull chain operated switch the switch contacts
may have gotten flakey, get a nerw socket.
Yea, you and Joseph are correct, I should have told him to first
PROPERLY FIND and open the CORRECT breaker or pull the CORRECT fuse.
I'm guilty of thinking it'd be me doing it, and thus I wouldn't worry
about getting a shock because I'd be standing on a wooden ladder placed
on a wood floor with nothing nearby at ground potential. And I'd be
playing pocket pool with my left hand.
And, if the light switch were in it's OFF position there'd be no chance
of a metal tool arcing from the center contact to the shell of the
socket even if it WERE miswired.
Jeff (Who was alive back when it was commonplace to test for the
presence of 120 volts with a dry finger.)
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