How to Replace an Electrical Light Socket

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Replacing an electrical light circuit requires you to first switch the light off for safety. Replace an electrical light socket with help from a longtime electrical contractor in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm George Argo with Argo Electrical Services and I am The Surge Protector Guy. Today, let's talk about how to replace an electrical light socket. The first thing you need to do obviously, is remove the light bulb. If you know the light bulb is good, that you're using and the socket's no good, because the light bulb's not working. The next thing you would want to do, is you would want to go to the light switch and flip the light switch on the wall, off. Now, that doesn't guarantee you that the light circuit at the light socket itself is dead, but it's usually the way that residential electricians wire their stuff. Now, what I have here, is a rather inexpensive light socket. You know, obviously, this would work for any kind of light ceiling fan or whatever. But anyway, you take the two screws that replaced on either side of the light socket, out, you pull it down and you would be exposing the termination points. You see, the silver screw would always be the neutral and the brass or copper screw is always going to be the hot or the live circuit. Always use some kind of voltage tester. I have here a pin voltage tester, that would tell you whether or not voltage is present, you can test it out on a drop cord or lamp cord to see if it's working or not. But I never go anywhere without my trusty electrical voltage meter. That would definitely tell you whether it's hot or not. Then, all you have to do, is what I usually do is, snip the ends of the wire, leaving the old wire to the device. That way, when I re-install my new light, I scan back the wire that's existing, and to get new, fresh copper. Then, all you have to do is, just wrap them around with your stripper and needle nose pliers would also work, screw it around tight, tighten it down. Make sure that the wire is secure under there. Then, all you have to do, is just put it right back to the box. Take your two screws, run it up there nice and secure, twist it real good, test it with your hand to make sure that it is locked down. Then, all you need to do is, replace your bulb, go back to your light switch and flip it back on. Now, if you had the light switch off and it was still hot, obviously you need to go find the circuit breaker and flip it off. Sometimes, if I'm unsure, I just turn all the circuits off in the house. Again, I'm George Argo with Argo Electrical Services and I am The Surge Protector Guy. And you just watched how to replace an electrical light socket.

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