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New bulbs in chandelier don't work

Changed light bulbs in chandelier-style ceiling fixture and only two work out of eight. I bought two packs of GE Reveal B10, 40W candelabra bulbs. I'm not sure what type of bulbs were in there before but suffice it to say that the wattage is the same.

I wanted that clean, beautiful light touted on the package, but the bulbs won't work. I put the other older bulbs back in and they work fine. I've even switched out the working GE bulbs with other GE bulbs to rule out whether they might be defective, but they worked in the socket.

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  • dea1 Dec 29, 2007

    That's kind of what I was thinking. Some bulbs do appear to be crooked, but I don't have a stool tall enough for me to look down into the socket to see what the problem could be.

    And if the other ones work, why wouldn't the new ones be able to make contact in the socket?

  • Anonymous Jan 11, 2008

    I have the Windward 11 Hampton Bay ceiling fan. The light doesn't work anymore but the fan does!

  • Anonymous May 02, 2009

    Thanks ohiotom, your sugestions helped fix my problem. I have breakfast table chandelier with sockets. One of socket cause flickering of the light bulb and then it would go out. It didn't matter what bulb I put in. So I cleaned the electrical contact on the bulb (and socket...I was careful), and lubed the threads on the bulb. It worked like a charm!

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A light bulb is not a terribly complicated thing. I think you're saying that the bulbs are OK, but they do not seem to function in some of the chandelier sockets. Is that correct?

Assuming the bulbs are not burned out, the only reason this would occur is if they are not making good electrical contact with the socket. The bulb makes contact in two places, on is the threaded base and the other is the metal contact on the base of the bulb. My guess would be they are not threading in quite right and then you're not able to screw them all the way in so the base makes electrical contact.

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  • ohiotom Dec 29, 2007

    Hard to say why they're not working. It could be that the tip of the old bulbs protrudes a bit longer than the new ones. At any rate I think this is the most likely problem.



    If you can't see it resist the temptation to stick your fingers in there...no sense getting electrocuted.



    I would do two things. First get a bar of soap, not liquid, an old fashioned bar of soap and lightly rub it on the the threads of the bulbs. This will act as a lubricant and should help to screw the bulbs in more easily. Secondly, take a pencil eraser and use it to clean off the electrical contact on the bottom of the bulb. Just to be clear, I'm saying the bulb, not the inside of the socket. Don't stick anything inside the socket.



    Give this a try and then very carefully try to thread the bulbs in as straight as you can. If you need to squeeze the bulb hard to turn it then wear heavy gloves in case it breaks. If the bulb goes in correctly this should not be a problem.



    Let me know.

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The problem is most likely that the contact in the bottom of the light socket doesn't have enough tension in it.

Turn the power off to that circuit (at the breaker box), use something akin to an ice-cream stick and slightly pry up the contact in the bottom of the socket. (With the circuit breaker off, even a small screwdriver will work well).

I've been doing this for 30 years to otherwise functioning lamps which don't light and don't respond to cleaning -- it almost never fails.

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Check the side contact, it is formed at an accute angle that will allow breakage at the bend. The brass segment remains in place but does not provide continuity. Have replaced sockets on all outside house fixtures. They are cheap but difficult to wire.

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