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David Cleere 07-14-2007 12:17 PM

Ceiling Light problems
 
The ceiling light in my hallway just stopped working. Power was getting to the bulb holder, but I changed it. Power is definitely getting to the holder but will not illuminate the bulb. I have tried a few bulbs so this is not the problem. Is it something basic or am I losing my reason? :huh:

idoelectric 07-14-2007 04:36 PM

Your light bulb may not be screwing in all the way to make the connection. The metal tab at the bottom of the base may be pushed down all the way to where there is no connection when bulb is screwed in. Turn power off from the breaker and try to pull up the metal tab a little bit so that there can be a connection. Give that a try and see if it works.

David Cleere 07-15-2007 02:21 AM

Thanks, but I don't think that is the answer to the problem.
I am in Ireland and we generally use the bayonet type bulb. And I'm fairly sure that contact is being made.

idoelectric 07-15-2007 03:31 AM

How do you know you have power? If there is voltage and the bulb is good, then it should work.

David Cleere 07-15-2007 10:08 AM

I've used a tester which shows there is power.
Even though I have attached a new fitting I'm going to attach yet another one (on the assumption that proper contact between bulb and wires is not being made) but I'm not optimistic. I cannot understand why the light should simply stop functioning in the first place.
Thanks for your interest - I'll let you know how I get on.

ron schenker 07-15-2007 10:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by David Cleere (Post 52982)
I've used a tester which shows there is power.
Even though I have attached a new fitting I'm going to attach yet another one (on the assumption that proper contact between bulb and wires is not being made) but I'm not optimistic. I cannot understand why the light should simply stop functioning in the first place.
Thanks for your interest - I'll let you know how I get on.

Is it on a dimmer?

David Cleere 07-15-2007 12:01 PM

Thanks, ron, but it isn't

David Cleere 07-15-2007 01:51 PM

Well, I'm beaten!
Power is coming through and all other lights on the circuit are OK. Am I cracking up?

JohnJ0906 07-17-2007 03:53 AM

Where exactly are you measuring power? At the lampholder? The wires?
What are you using to measure with?

joed 07-17-2007 06:13 PM

Depending on the type of test you are doing for power, you could have an open return wire.


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