Light Fixture Troubleshooting

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Light fixture troubleshooting is something you might want to do if your fixture has been vibrating. Find out about light fixture troubleshooting with help from a foreman for Lighty Contractors in this free video clip.

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Video Transcript

Hello, everyone. I'm Joshua Clement, and today I'm going to talk to you about how to troubleshoot your light fixtures. Over time your light fixtures vibrate with the moving around in the house. Or the shutting of doors. What happens is those wires on the inside end up breaking the connection. For this job I'm going to be using a battery powered drill with the Phillips tip bit. And some electrical tape. First thing you want to always do when you are working on electrical is shut off the power in your electrical box to the area that you're working on. After the power is off we are going to go ahead and remove the light fixture. Located on the side of most light fixtures there's some mounting nuts. We can go ahead and remove those. After those are off you pull out on your fixture to expose your wires. After your wires are exposed we are going to go through one at a time. Remove the wire nuts, inspect our wire nuts. Make sure that they are not damaged in any way. Make sure that we have a good connection with our wires and go ahead and put our wire nuts back into place. Then after I get done with that one I move on to the next one. After all the wire nuts are inspected and you make sure that you have good connections go ahead and take your electrical tape and tape them up. I like to use about a two to three inch piece. Start at the base. Go ahead spin it around. This will protect the wires from slipping out of the wire nut. And it will protect any bugs or any other wires like your ground from poking in there and arching out. After that's done we are going to take our wires and push them back into our box. Making sure that they keep a good connection. And we'll put our fixture back into place. It's important to make sure that when a light starts messing up, starts flickering, or starts shorting out, that first of all you change the light bulb. Make sure that it's not something easy like that. Next you are going to make sure that the switch isn't messed up. A lot of times the switch will end up loosening up and you'll lose a connection there. Then if that doesn't work you are going to pull off the light fixture like we just did to make sure that all your connections are good. That way you don't have any fires. Thank you all for watching and good luck with this project.


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