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Most problems with lights occur when power is interrupted to the light fixture or when the lightbulb or its socket is defective.

If you’re not comfortable working with electrical wiring, voltage testers, and the like, try a few simple procedures detailed in the articles listed below, but, if those don’t solve the problem, call an electrician.

The most common problems with switches are that they cease to work or, worse, give off sparks when you flip them off and on. If the switch gives off sparks, it should be replaced.

If a switch doesn’t work at all, first make sure the problem is with the switch and not the light or device it’s intended to turn on and off. This is easy to do. Just replace the bulb with a working lightbulb or plug a working appliance or lamp into the switch-controlled receptacle and try the switch again.

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Don Vandervort developed his expertise more than 30 years ago as Building Editor for both Sunset Books and Home Magazine. He has written more than 30 home improvement books and countless magazine articles. He appeared regularly on HGTV’s “The Fix,” and served as MSN’s home expert. Don founded HomeTips in 1996.

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  1. I have just pulled down a ceiling fan and replaced it with a light fixture that has two lights. The light fixture has two black wires and two white wires. Now one of the bulbs won’t light when electricity is turned on. Could be a loose connection in the wiring?

  2. I just love these. A light fixture an electrical device used to create artificial light by use of an electric lamp.


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