Floor and Table Lamps Not Working

Common Floor and Table Lamps Problems and Solutions

  1. Bulb flickers or does not light
  2. Lamp blows fuse or trips circuit breaker
  3. Bulb broken or seized
  4. Bulb burns out too quickly
  5. Shock when changing bulb
  6. Shock when plugging or unplugging lamp

Bulb flickers or does not light

Possible CauseProcedure
Plug or bulb looseCheck plug in wall outlet, tighten bulb in socket
Bulb burned outReplace bulb
Wall outlet faultyTest lamp in another outlet. If it lights, service the outlet
Socket contact tab bentPry up contact tab
Socket faultyReplace socket
Lamp switch faultyTest and replace switch
Plug faultyReplace plug
Lamp cord faultyTest and rewire lamp

Lamp blows fuse or trips circuit breaker

Possible CauseProcedure
Overload circuitMove a high-wattage appliance to another circuit
Have an electrician run a new circuit from the circuit panel
Short circuit in lamp cordTest and rewire lamp
Plug faultyReplace plug
Socket faultyTest and replace socket

Bulb broken or seized

Possible CauseProcedure
Socket corroded or damagedReplace socket

Bulb burns out too quickly

Possible CauseProcedure
Heavy use of lampInstall long-life bulb or bulb life extender

Shock when changing bulb

Possible CauseProcedure
Socket faultyReplace socket
Polarity reversedCheck polarity in cord and plug

Shock when plugging or unplugging lamp

Possible CauseProcedure
Plug faultyReplace plug
Lamp cord faultyRewire lamp

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