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Fix lamp short circuit

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Rgarner, Mar 13, 2019.

  1. Rgarner

    Rgarner Android Expert
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    I have a,lamp that probably has a short circuit. Sometimes it goes out when it gets bumped or the surface it's on does. It could even be the floor. How do I fix this?
     


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    Post #2 by Unforgiven, Mar 13, 2019 (3 points)
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  3. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven ...eschew obfuscation...
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    Start by replacing the bulb to make sure it isn't that.

    If the bulb is OK, disassemble the the recepticle where the bulb sits and make sure the wires are securely seated and the insulation is in tact. Make sure any bare wires aren't touching each other. If you see any blackening or charring, then replace the entire cord. They are pretty cheap at any Home Depot, Lowes, etc.
     
  4. MoodyBlues

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    Slight correction, if I may? Start by replacing the bulb then unplugging the lamp to do the rest. :eek:
     
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  5. MoodyBlues

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    I wrote it that way first, then went back and added the part about replacing the bulb. I figured, how else would you know if that's the problem? (Duh! You'd try it in a different lamp.)
     
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  6. Rgarner

    Rgarner Android Expert
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    It was just a loose bulb. I unplugged it first anyway. At least it's fixed, and thanks for all the answers.
     
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  7. Unforgiven

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    Always check the lowest cost replacement unit first. ;)
     
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  8. dontpanicbobby

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    I was hoping you'd replace the cord and tell us how you did it. :)
    Glad it's fixed though.
     
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  9. dontpanicbobby

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  10. Rgarner

    Rgarner Android Expert
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    It has no shade. There was one but it got crunched. Now it's just a bare bulb. Rootabaga, you do get best answer.
     
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  11. olbriar

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    Sometimes it's not the bulb loosening but the contact at the bottom of the socket has lost it's spring like ability over time. Unplugging the lamp, unscrewing the bulb, and a gentle tug on the bottom contact so that it will continuously make contact with the bulb when replaced is the answer.

    Oh.. and the problem is not a short circuit but an open circuit.
     
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