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How To Fix a Flickering Light

Watch more Home Decor & Lighting videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to fix a flickering light yourself with these easy, step-by-step instructions. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Warning Working with electricity is very dangerous -- be extremely careful and, if you have any doubts, contact a professional. Step 1: Tighten the bulb Check the lightbulb. A flickering light could simply be the result of a loose bulb, so start by turning it off and tightening the bulb. Step 2: Check the circuit See if your circuit is overloaded. If so, plug the light into another outlet. Step 3: Check contact tab Unplug the light to make sure the bulb is touching the metal contact tab at the bottom of the light socket. Remove the bulb -- you'll see the tab in the middle of the socket that should make electrical contact with the lightbulb. Warning If the fixture cannot be unplugged, _never_ attempt to manipulate the socket unless the electricity is turned off at the source. Step 4: Raise the tab Take a flat-head screwdriver and slip it under the tab. Raise the tab about an eighth of an inch from the bottom of the socket, so it will meet the bulb when the bulb is screwed back in. Step 5: Scrape it clean Make sure the socket and tab are clean, and scrape away any rust. Put the bulb back in and test it. Step 6: Look for frays If the light still flickers, check the cord carefully for frays. If you find one, you'll need to rewire the light by removing the damaged cord, threading a new one in its place, and stripping its end so you can wrap the exposed wires around the screws in the socket. Tip Do not use electrical tape to repair a frayed cord; it could cause a short or fire. Step 7: Get a pro If the light continues to flicker, a worn out switch or socket could be the problem, in which case you should call an electrician. Did You Know? British inventor Joseph Swan got a patent for the lightbulb in 1860, a year before Thomas Edison got his.
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