Lights Out or an Easy Light Switch Fix?

Understanding Lighting and Common Light Switch Issues

It’s frustrating when you flip a switch and the light doesn’t turn on as expected. Many times these lighting issues can simply be due to a minor issue within the switch itself, but it might seem impossible to determine the source of the problem. Homeowners having an issue with their lights can gain helpful insight from experienced electricians and get to the root of the problem.

Check the Light Fixture for Any Problems

light fixtures hanging from the wall

The light fixture can pose a problem even if it never has before. The first thing to check on the fixture is the lightbulb; it is the cheapest and easiest fix so make sure the lightbulb hasn’t burned out or cracked. Also, make sure that the lightbulb is screwed in tightly to ensure a secure connection. If neither of these easy fixes seem to work, take a look at the metal socket tab at the bottom corner of the socket and make sure that it is in contact with the bulb. If it isn’t, try to simply bend the metal until it comes in contact. 

If none of the bulb-related solutions work, it’s possible that the wiring from the light switch to the fixture is causing an issue. Before investigating, make sure the power is off for the circuit and take a look at the wiring connection. Unless the homeowner is experienced, beyond the initial look, it is best to trust professionals to tamper with the wiring connection.

If the light turns on but is flickering, that is a common sign that the switch contacts are getting old and should be replaced. This is also an inexpensive and easy fix and should solve the lighting issue. If this isn’t the case, it is possible that the light bulb socket has gone bad and needs to be replaced. 

Common Signs of a Broken Connection

someone hearing the buzz of a broken connection

Over time, wiring problems can occur whether it is because the wiring is defective, or if it’s worn out or becomes loose. When this happens, it causes arcing which leads to overheating so it’s important to replace these when it is discovered. 

If there is a hissing, popping or crackling noise, it is likely an inexpensive fix to make. It is possible to replace a light switch as a DIY project, but the wiring may become complicated so it’s best to trust a local professional to make this repair. 

If It’s Not the Wiring, It Could Be a Loose Toggle

It is also very common for the toggle of the light switch to be in an improper place, which can cause functionality issues. Oftentimes this issue can be determined by simply touching the light switch toggle. This usually happens from the initial install, but it is possible that it has moved out of place over time. 

a broken light toggle

If this issue occurs, one may think it would be a simple fix; however, it is always best to contact an experienced electrician to avoid further problems and ensure safety. Not only can a faulty electrical repair  result in electrical shock, but it can even lead to a fire.

About Trustworthy Electric

Trustworthy Electric has been in the industry for 26 years. Since then, they have provided quality electrical work at fair prices in and around Montgomery. Trustworthy Electric provides solutions for any lighting, electrical installation, and electrical safety needs.