One solution for a flickering light bulb is to bend the tab in the socket slightly upward to assure a better electrical contact. The fix takes only a minute.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine:April 2008
With the power off, bend the tab in the bottom of the socket slightly upward with a screwdriver.
Do you have bulbs that burn out
quickly, lights that flicker, or a light
fixture that simply doesn't work even
though there's power to it? Try this
60-second fix before you call an
Turn off the power to the fixture
and use a non-contact voltage tester to
make sure the power is off. Then reach
into the bulb socket with a flat-blade
screwdriver and gently pry up on the
tab that's centered at the bottom to
restore good contact with the bulb.
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
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