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Old 01-31-2013, 08:14 PM   #1
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Getting shock from chandelier when changing bulb

Hello, I have a 6 bulb chandelier that takes 60 watt bulbs, it seems like every time I change a bulb I get a minor shock even when the light is turned off at the switch. I would love to fix this problem if at all possible.

Does anyone know what could be the problem and how I can fix it?

I'm pretty much a newbie at doing electrical work but am up to the challenge.



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Old 01-31-2013, 09:15 PM   #2
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Turn off the breaker and check the wiring to the chandelier. You could have a loose nut on the neutral and it is shorting to ground, could be a broken wire...quite a few possibilities.


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A shock with the switch off, like a static electricity shock? VERY gently touch your wife on the ear just before you change the bulb.

of course, maybe somebody switched the black and white in the ceiling box. If the light's cords two wires look the same in there, one may have a slight ridge along it. It should be on the white conductor. Check the grounds are solid from the lamp to the ceiling box and there is one from the power wire to the box also. Bond the light to the box.
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The fixture could be switched on the neutral side, and thus ALWAYS hot. The lampholder shells could
be wired to the hot. Frayed wires might be shorting to the metal parts of the fixture, and no effective ground.
All bad stuff. Have a qualified person check it out.
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