Repair a Light Fixture

One minute fix for a light socket

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

Simple fix for a flickering light

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 electrician.

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.

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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Non-contact voltage tester
  • Flat tip screwdriver