When I tried to unscrew the light bulb from the socket, it broke clean off. The bulb was hanging by a filament, so I just pulled the filiment out. Now, I can't get the base out of the socket. It is not even part way out, so even when I tried a tweezers, I couldn't get it out. Also, I am afraid of shocking myself. If anyone can help me out, I would appreciate it.
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You did not tell us if the bulb filaments are broken (burnt out, no continuity) or if they are just not turning on.
If the filaments are broken either there is too much voltage (very unusual) or the bulbs may be loose in that particular socket and vibration is hurting them.
If the filaments are OK then you will have a wiring problem, probably corrosion on the bulb terminals or a bad ground.
Hope this helps.
There are three ways to remove a bulb where the glass envelope for the bulb has separated from the base. I used two of them a week ago. I replaced about 6 broken bulbs in floor standard lamps in an airport lounge.
First way, and you don't have to be too unsure whether the power is off. Use a new bulb and push it against the old socket and use the new bulb to unscrew the old one.
Next way, use needle nose pliers with insulated handles, grip the edge of the broken socket and twist it inwards which will partially wrap the socket around the nose of the pliers and then unscrew.
Final way, and with this way, you must flip the breaker and verify that the fan does not turn and there is no power at the bulb using a tester. Insert a dinner knife into the socket and unscrew.
Hi, Anonymous if your headlight is not working, only one beam works, keeps burning out, blinking, dim or surges from bright to dim to bright the first thing you need to check is the headlight bulb for damaged filaments then check your light circuit fuse, then check your head light bulb socket ground wire for a clean tight connection, that being said the usual suspects are:
1. Faulty ground or power supply wire to headlight bulb socket.
2. Worn down solder contacts or loose fit of the bulb base in the socket due to vibration.
3. Worn, chafed, or broken wires in the light circuit.
4. Corroded, broken, or loose pins/sockets in wire connectors.
5. Faulty hi/lo beam switch.
6. Faulty ignition switch.
7. Fuse is good but no continuity on both sides.
8. Faulty headlight relay.
9. Faulty wiring between battery positive and headlight bulb socket.
10. Weak charging alternator/generator/lighting coil
11. Faulty voltage regulator/rectifier ground or overcharging.
Good luck and have a wonderful day.
is it just the brake lights or the tail lights when the headlights are on? the tail lights may have a double filament bulb one lights up when brake is applied and the other filament is for just tail lihts so check the bulbs carefully and if you see one filament is broken replace the bulb. also make sure the socket where the bulb seats is not corroded or dirty
make sure the light is off, better yet turn off the breaker
take a potato a little larger than the socket, cut it to size, whatever.. jam it into the broken bulb (carefully), this will allow you to grip the broken bulb safely. turn counter clockwise and whats left of the bulb should unscrew out.. works VERY well
First check the obvious, both lights off indicate a fuse issue . Fuse box is under dash, driver's side, often a diagram to tell you which it is on cover otherwise check manual.If that's ok check bulbs themselves. I think you come at it from front of vehicle side and they twist counter clockwise to get at harness but otherwise take lens cap off from back of vehicle usually 4 to 6 screws. They'll be two filament type bulbs (just unscrew counter clockwise). Replace if either filament broken or if bulb looks damaged. You can clean them up with a bit of sandpaper...connection is everything.Repeat for other side. If they look ok use multimeter to check to see if there is voltage to bulb...if no voltage likely fuse or wire issue...try to find damaged or burnt areas, test light helps to try and isolate it. Good luck.
Unplug the refrigerator and remove the 40 watt incandescent light bulb and clean the socket. Make sure that it is completely clean of any rust or debris. If rusted get sandpaper or an emery board and rub the points that are rusty. Before putting the light bulb back make sure it does work and the filament is not broken and if so replace with a new bulb. Secondly check the on and off switch triggered by the door closing. Pop it out with a flat tip screw driver and check for black spots, or dislodged wires. Clean and re-connect the wires. Pop it back in and with the bulb secured in the socket plug the refrigerator back and see if the light works. Good Luck
There are several ways to get it out. First of all unplug the unit so as not to electrocute yourself. Then you can use 2 screw drivers one on each side of the filament to loosen the stuck bulb. If it refuses to budge use long nose (needle mose) pliers and grasp the outer edge of the bulb and roll it like you were opening a can of SPAM. Usually this does the trick. If it still refuses to budge use a longer nail and tap in a loosening direction. Absolute worst case... break out all of the glass with a nail (goggles recommended) and use the long nose pliers to unscrew it again rolling it like opening a can of SPAM. If your really brave before trying anything with tools get a thick hand towel and grasp the bulb fragments if possible and try and remove it. You run the risk of cutting your hand if the rag or towel is not thick enough. Course of last resort... most of the light sockets can be removed completely by rotating the whole assembly 90 deg and removing the socket... Other sockets have a lock tab on each side of the socket to remove it. Since you did not provide a model number I would be cautious about trying to remove the whole socket as my advice may result in a broken socket.
If the glass is broken and there are sharp pieces sticking out you can use the potato trick. Cut a small potato so you have a flat end, make sure the power to the fan light is turned off, and push the potato onto the broken remains. Then you can turn the potato to unscrew the base and just toss the whole thing in the trash. Wipe off the socket and you're set for a new bulb.
If the old bulb broke off clean so that only the base is left in the socket, you'll need to bend the edge of the base inward a little with a small screwdriver. Then grab the base with needle-nose pliers and unscrew it from the socket. Again be sure the power is off before working on the light.
Assuming all fuses are OK.
Check the filaments (look for a broken filament wire) in the old bulb to make sure it's a bulb problem. If the old bulb is truely defective, check the new bulb to make sure it does not have a broken filament. If the bulb looks OK, take a look at the socket to make sure that it is not rusty or corroded. If the socket contacts are not clean, take a small piece of fine sandpaper and clean both the center contact and the inside of the socket.
If you have tried these things, and the light still does not come on, you'll have to do a continuity trace of the wiring to fine where the power to the bulb is being interrupted.