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How to Troubleshoot Light Fixture Problems
When a light goes out that usually means it's time to replace the light bulb. But what happens when something else is wrong with a light? How do you figure out what needs to be fixed?
The aesthetic design of different light fixtures may vary from one model to the next, but when it comes right down to it, most incandescent light fixtures contain components that are arranged in the same way. Basically, a canopy plate is held up to the ceiling with mounting screws, there are sockets for the bulbs, and a translucent diffuser or globe softens the light. Newer fixtures may include fiber insulation for extra protection.
If the circuit has blown and you see sparks, the fixture has probably shorted out and the problem lies with the actual fixture. If the light just doesn't turn on, the problem may originate in the wall switch. What to do.