Troubleshooting Common Problems With Light Fixtures

Common Lighting Fixture Problems and Solutions

  1. Bulb flicker or does not light (ceiling fixture)
  2. Bulb flicker or does not light (wall fixture)
  3. One or more bulbs flicker or do not light (chandelier)
  4. Entire fixture does not work (chandelier)
  5. Bulb flicker or does not light (track lighting)
  6. All fixtures on track do not light (track lighting)

Bulb flicker or does not light (ceiling fixture)

Possible CauseProcedure
Bulb loose or burned outTighten or replace bulb
No power to fixtureReplace fuse or reset circuit breaker
Wall switch faultyCheck wall switch
Socket contact dirty or bent too far downClean or bend up tab
Socket and wires faultyTest and replace socket and wires
Socket or switch faulty (pull-chain)Test socket and switch and replace socket

Bulb flicker or does not light (wall fixture)

Possible CauseProcedure
Bulb loose or burned outTighten or replace bulb
No power to fixtureReplace fuse or reset circuit breaker
Wall switch faultyCheck wall switch
Socket contact dirty or bent too far downClean or bend up tab
Socket and wires faultyTest and replace socket and wires

One or more bulbs flicker or do not light (chandelier)

Possible CauseProcedure
Bulb loose or burned outTighten or replace bulb
Socket contact dirty or bent too far downClean or bend up tab
Socket faultyTest and replace socket
Socket wires faultyTest and replace socket wires
Wires in stem faultyTest and replace wires in stem

Entire fixture does not work (chandelier)

Possible CauseProcedure
No power to fixtureReplace fuse or reset circuit breaker
Wall switch faultyCheck wall switch

Bulb flicker or does not light (track lighting)

Possible CauseProcedure
Bulb loose or burned outTighten or replace bulb
Socket contact dirty or bent too far downClean or bend up tab
Track contacts dirtyClean track contacts
Socket and wires faultyTest and replace socket and wires

All fixtures on track do not light (track lighting)

Possible CauseProcedure
No power to trackReplace fuse or reset circuit breaker
Wall switch faultyCheck wall switch

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